Fish Food Recommendation Chart
Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff

Freshwater

With the wide variety of commercial foods
available, it is sometimes difficult to determine
which type of food to feed your fish. When
choosing a food, the first thing you need to know
is what type of diet is natural to your fish. All
fish fit into one of three categories:

Herbivore - plant eater
Carnivore - meat eater
Omnivore - consumer of both plants and
meaty foods... the vast majority of aquarium
fish fit into this category

Saltwater

Staple diets provide a broad range of essential nutrients required for good health. But, we believe that variety in the diet is important to good nutrition and the well-being of your fish. Offering supplementary foods, in addition to the "staple" diet, ensures better nutrition and enriches the diet of your fish with more tastes and textures.

Use our handy charts below as a guideline for feeding your freshwater or saltwater fish. Click the Freshwater or Saltwater button above, or just scroll down.


Freshwater Fish      KEY:    Herbivore Herbivore    Carnivore Carnivore    Omnivore Omnivore
SPECIES: STAPLE DIET: SUPPLEMENTARY DIET:
African Cichlids Herbivore Omnivore
  • O.N. Omni Cichlid Formula Flakes
  • Hikari Cichlid Excel
  • Hikari Cichlid Gold
  • Hikari Sinking Cichlid Gold
  • Angelfish Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Blood Worms
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Barbs Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Bettas Carnivore
  • Hikari Betta Bio-Gold
  • Freeze-Dried Blood Worms
  • TetraMin Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Catfish (Juvenile) Herbivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • Hikari Sinking Wafers
  • Freeze-Dried Brine Shrimp
  • Danios/Minnows Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Discus Carnivore
  • Hikari Discus Bio-Gold
  • San Francisco Bay Brand Beefheart Plus
  • Freeze-Dried Blood Worms
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Fancy Goldfish Omnivore
  • Hikari Goldfish Pellet Diets
  • Saki-Hikariā„¢ Fancy Goldfish
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Gouramis Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Hatchets Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Livebearers Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Loaches Carnivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • Hikari Sinking Wafers
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Brine Shrimp
  • Plecos (Juvenile) Herbivore Omnivore
  • Hikari Sinking Wafers
  • Frozen Food
  • Hikari Algae Wafers
  • TetraMin Tablets
  • Rainbowfish Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Rasboras Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Sharks (Juvenile) Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Frozen Brine Shrimp Plus
  • New World
    Cichlids (Juvenile) Carnivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Tetras Carnivore Omnivore
  • Tropical Foods
  • Frozen Food
  • TetraColor Flakes
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes

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    Saltwater Fish      KEY:    Herbivore Herbivore    Carnivore Carnivore    Omnivore Omnivore
    SPECIES STAPLE DIET SUPPLEMENTARY DIET
    Angels, Dwarf Omnivore
  • Mega-Marine Angel
  • Formula Two Flakes
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Green Seaweed Leaf
  • Angels, Large Omnivore
  • Mega-Marine Angel
  • Formula Two Flakes
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Green Seaweed Leaf
  • Anthias Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Basslets Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Batfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Frozen Krill
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Blennies Herbivore Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Formula Two Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Boxfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Formula Two Frozen
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Butterflyfish Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Formula One
  • Cardinalfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Clownfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Damselfish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Eels Carnivore
  • BIO-PURE Krill
  • Squid Flat Pack
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Filefish Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Foxface/Rabbitfish Herbivore
  • Sea Veggies with Clip
  • Spirulina Flakes
  • Gobies Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Tetra Marine Granules
  • Brine Shrimp Plus
  • Groupers Carnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Freeze-Dried Krill
  • Squid Flat Pack
  • BIO-PURE Krill
  • Grunts Carnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Freeze-Dried Krill
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Hawkfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Hogfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Lions Carnivore
  • Frozen Krill
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Parrotfish Omnivore
  • Formula Two,
  • Freeze-Dried Krill
  • Sea Veggies with Clip
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Pseudochromis Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Puffers Carnivore Omnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Squirrelfish Carnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes
  • Surgeons/Tangs Herbivore
  • Sea Veggies with Clip
  • Spirulina Flakes
  • Sweetlips Carnivore Omnivore
  • Formula One
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Triggerfish Carnivore
  • Angel & Butterfly Diet
  • Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack
  • Live Ghost Shrimp
  • Live White Shrimp
  • Wrasse Carnivore Omnivore
  • Mysis Shrimp
  • Prime Reef Flakes
  • Freeze-Dried Plankton
  • Brine Shrimp Plus Flakes

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