I like to vary what I give my fish (freshwater tropical community) but this is definitely their favourite dried food.
I tend to buy this from Asda where it is normally cheaper than my local fish store or online with delivery charges. The pots are a good shape, stacking nicely in the cupboard. They have a heavy foil seal when new, when opened the pots seem to do a good job at keeping the food dry.
The flakes are multi-coloured and vary in size. They break down very easily, which is good for my small fish, but may not be as good for bigger fish. As I get closer to the end of the pot they get broken down into tiny pieces.
They float well and my fish seem to really enjoy this food. They gobble it down faster than other dried food I give them, and it has been my staple fish food for years so it must be healthy enough for them!
I'd definitely recommend this fish food as the basic staple food for your fish.
If you were to look inside my fish cupboard, you would see I have a very wide variety of fish foods! I tend to not rely on flake food as I like to ensure my numerous fish have a healthy balanced diet.
Other than flake food, I like to feed my fish shrimp pellets, bloodworm pellets, frozen bloodworm, live bloodworm, daphnia etc!!
I have never used any cheap value foods for my fish, because they are very important to me!
Most people buy fish as an ornament and don't really care what they feed them... they also often over feed them as the feeding guides on fish food isn't the best! (in my opinion)
My favourite complete fish flakes to use is the Nutrafin Max for tropical fish, however as I got a tub of the Aquarian flakes with my fish tank.... I used them!
Why? ; ....
Aquarian is a well known brand to me and I have used them before in the cold water variety for my sisters goldfish tank.
What do fish eat? In the wild they wouldn't find processed flakes that's for sure! So I like to think I am feeding my fish a food which at least contains natural ingredients!
This tropical fish food contains; ....
Fish and Fish Derivatives,
Derivatives Of Vegetable Origin,
Oils and Fats,
Egg and Egg Derivatives,
Molluscs and Crustaceans.
Seeing that these flakes contain Algae ( a natural food ) and fish derivatives, reassured me the flakes are reasonable.
There is less than 5% ... although I don't think a lack of moisture would hurt fish! Haha!
36.5% Protein... A good healthy amount of protein!
12.5% Oils and Fats,
The flakes advertise that they bring out the natural colours in your fish... well I don't know how far to agree with that statement! I've found that as long as my fish are in a happy community environment with clean water...They bring out their natural colours!
I also found with some fish, their colours alter on the brightness of your gravel. I found when using black gravel some of my fish brought out their colours a lot nicer to stand out... whereas others darkened as a way of doing the opposite! And as I have never solely relied on this flake food for my fish, I can't say whether or not they definitely help bring out my fish colours.
When sprinkling the right amount into my tank, the flakes float for a reasonable length of time... long enough for my fish to get their share. However if you feed too much they won't be eaten and flakes will eventually float to the bottom... Which can be a problem if this is left as it can turn into ammonia.. Causing harmful water for your fish!
I don't have this problem as my catfish and loaches are more than happy to eat the leftover flakes...if there are any!
I've found the best thing to do when feeding your fish is to add a small amount of little flakes... wait until they have been eaten and keep adding a little more until your fish stop eating them.
Eventually you will come to know how much you need to add and it becomes easier!
When you have had your flakes for a few months, the flakes do tend to break down and by the end of the tub the flakes will be small. This isn't a problem however, the fish still eat it.
The reason they break down is due to the tub being moved a lot, the flakes are verrrry easily broken. To avoid this, avoid dropping the tub!
These flakes aren't the cheapest food to buy for your tropical fish! From pets at home, a variety of sizes is available.
For a 25g tub, it costs £3.68
For a 50g tub, it costs £5.39
For a 200g tub, it costs £18.99
However I would recommend buying the flakes from online! As the pets at home websites do offers and they can be bought from places like eBay for cheaper! However always check the best before date before purchasing!
These flakes are sold at my local convenience store! A random product I know, but they are much cheaper!
Cold water flakes are always cheaper in any make... although I would never feed my tropical fish the cold water as an alternative... there has to be a reason why there are two different varieties!
I am currently using a large 77g tub of Nutrafin Max flakes which cost me £5.69... a good price for a very large tub I think.
The flakes come in a handy tub with a push on lid. Unlike Nutrafin, the Aquarian tub lids aren't screw on.
The tropical flakes come in a blue tub which should have a foil seal when first bought!
When using, I found its best to just pierce a small hole in the foil rather than peel off the whole layer! This helps keep freshness and also avoids the flakes flying out everywhere when you come to open the tub!
I found a disadvantage with the packaging... when first using the flakes, the tub is obviously full to the rim. This means it's very easy to spill the flakes out when trying to open them!
The labelling is easy to find, and the two varieties... cold water flakes and tropical flakes are easy to distinguish. The tropical are in a blue tub.... the cold water are in a lovely purple tub. Both tubs have different fish on them so just look out for tropical fish!
Avoid getting the flakes wet in the tub.... my sister learnt the hard way! She had a tub of flakes of a different brand and she had the habit of grabbing a pinch of flakes... dipping her fingers into the tank when feeding and then dipping her wet fingers back into the tub!
The result? .... when she came to feeding her fish one weekend, she found a yucky layer of hairy mould in the tub!
Thank you for reading!
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Who will like this product:
Keepers of tropical fish as this is a popular and trustworthy brand of fish food.
How much does this product cost:
It quite expensive for fish food at £2.69 for 25g and £5.69 for 50g. This product claims to help bring out the natural colours of the fish, as well as ensuring that you continue to have healthy, active fish. This product also ensures that your water will be cleaner and clearer. The tub which contains the food is blue and round with pictures of tropical fsh (Cichlids, neon tetra and guppy) on the front and top.
This product contains:
Vitamin A 10000 IU/kg
Vtamin D3 2400 IU/kg
Vitamin E: 500 mg/kg
How to use this product:
This product suggests a usage of up to twice a day. You should only feed your fish the amount in which they can eat in five minutes any leftover flakes should be removed.
In my Tropical fish tank i have several diferent vareties of Tropical freshwater fish such as, Mollies, Platys, Neon Tetra, Tetra Barb and Guppies. I have feed my fish this product ever since i started my tank and all my fish love it. Colour is maintained and fish remain healthy. I have also feed this food to all my fry born from these species, i haae the crunch it up a bit first but they absolutley love it and ive reared around 30 fry from babies to adults on this food. I would reccommend you use other supplements in addition to this food to boost the lifestyle of your fish. Check out www.aquarian.co.uk for a look at their full product list as well as fish keeping hints and tips.
I know it has been said that fish have the memory san of about 2 seconds, but every time i bring out my blue tub of Aquarian the fiah go crazy!
Have you ever noticed how bright and lovely coloured tropical fish look in the shop but after a couple of weeks at home they look a lot duller or even loose there pritty colours altogether.
I often wondered why this was and it wasnt untill i brought this food that i realised, to keep there pritty colours tropical fish need to be fed a food containing marigold meal extract which helps to keep there colours nice and bright, this wont bring back the colour very well in fish that have already lost there colours but will stop any new fish loosing there colours.
This flake food costs £3.49 for a 25g tub or £5.59 for a 50g tub which is a bit more expensive than other foods but does keep the colour in your fish at the same time as providing them with the nutrients and minerals they need.
This food claims to be a complete food but i always use live blood worm with mine aswell to prevent swim bladder but as far as dry foods go this is definately the best i have found yet and even more impressive there are no nasty additives, it is all made from natural ingredients so surely this must be good.
I used to use these flakes for my tropical fish until they died, but I am sure it wasn´t because of this food - just old age. You can buy a 25g tub for around £3.49. Now, this may sound expensive, but in fact it isn´t all that bad.
That´s because the fish flakes inside are so light, its unbelievable. The plastic tub itself probably weighs more than the flakes inside a 25g tub, so you are probably paying for the tub. Anyway, the flakes are good for tropical fish and are easy to feed.
You simply take a pinch in your fingers (but not too much) before releasing it into the surface of the fish tank. Some will float and some will sink. Your little fishies should swim up to the surface and grab the flakes and mine seemed to love them! They are easy for the fish to eat and an ideal food. They are nutritional as can be and are easy to serve.
The plastic tub is sealed over the top when you take the lid off. This is to maintain freshness. The flakes themselves are a bit smelly, so you can put the seal back over the flakes and close the lid to stop the smell escaping so much.
Overall, I think it is a good fish food. My fish loved them and swam up to get some as soon as I gave them. It is important not to give them too many flakes as it is bad for them and they will eat regardless of how full up they are!
Thanks for reading,
I have had tropical fish for a number of years (too many to mention) and during that time I have tried many different types of food for my fish. Although Aquarian Tropical flake food is not the cheapest flake food however it is the one I tend to prefer over anything else on the market.
Containing natural ingredients it is marketed as bringing out fishes natural colours.
What is it like to use?
The flakes come in a blue plastic tub, when you remove the lid you will see a foil seal (this is to keep the flakes fresh) when you remove this you are presented with the flakes, they are in various colours and sizes.
It is then simply a matter of taking a pinch from the tub and sprinkling the flakes on the surface of the water. Some of the flakes will float on the surface of the water for a couple of minutes, others will start to drift downward to the bottom of the tank, and most of the flakes will be intercepted by the fish almost immediately
Waltham the manufacturers recommend that any uneaten flakes are removed with a net. This is something I never do, my tank contains fish that feed on the surface, in the middle and also includes shy bottom feeding fish, and so with that in mind removing uneaten flakes would stop theses fish from getting any of the flakes. I have not had any problems with polluting the tank by feeding in this way.
How many times a day do you feed the fish and how much?
In general you want to be feeding the fish 2 to 3 times a day. The quantity however is a different matter, it depends on the size of your tank, the quantity and the size of the fish and of course their appetite. The best advise I can give you is try little and often until you find the right quantity for your particular tank.
It is worth remembering that overfeeding can be as bad for the health of the fish as not feeding them enough.
What about baby fish?
We are lucky in that we often have baby fish born in our tank; these really need to be kept in a nursery net until they are big enough to be introduced into the main tank. If you just let the baby fish fend for themselves the other fish will eat them.
Obviously these fish are very small with very small mouths, so what I tend to do is crumble a small amount of flakes over the nursery and this seems to me to be the ideal way to feed them.
As well as feeding them, it introduces them to the food that they will be getting on a regular basis when they have grown large enough to be released into the main tank.
How easy is it to buy?
This product is unbelievably easy to source, it is available in most supermarkets although these tend to stock the smaller tubs (25g and 50g), most pet shops also stock this and the larger pet superstores also stock the large 200g size. The price varies quite considerably so it is worth shopping around. To give you an idea of the cost, the 25g tub typically retails at around £.3.50.
Why not use other types of food?
Over the passage of time, I have tried many different foods for tropical fish including live food. I tend to return to flaked food as it provides all the nutrients that my fish need for a healthy life. It is also easy to keep and to use, unlike some live foods that need to be kept in water and some even need water that is moving, that makes for an awful lot of work.
Why not choose cheaper flakes?
I have probably tried nearly every type of flaked fish food available and have had results that have not made me want to try cheaper ones again. The dye used in some of the cheaper flakes is water soluble and after a few days of use I noticed that the water in the aquarium actually started to change colour. This was not an isolated incident either, it seems like a lot of the cheaper flakes can have this side effect. Looking at a tank that has coloured water is a little strange; I have had various shades of yellow, orange and even a red colour in the past. I am sure that not only does this look unpleasant; it cannot be doing the fish much good either.
What is in it?
The ingredients are fish and fish derivatives, cereals, Derivatives of vegetable origin, oils and fats, algae, vegetables, minerals, molluscs and crustaceans, egg and egg derivatives, yeasts, contains EEC permitted antioxidants and preservatives.
As hard as I try to think of any downers on this fish food I can only really think of one, that it is quite expensive.
This is a great food that provides all that my fish need to maintain a healthy life. The quality of the product is such that not only do my fish tend to breed freely they live in a tank that maintains itself without becoming clogged up or discoloured by some of the cheaper foods available.
If you want any more information on this Waltham product try a visit to www.aquarian.com
I use both Aquarian Tropical Flake Food and King British pellets, but as this is the Flake food is the category we are in right now that is what I'll be telling you about.
Unlike the books recommend most of my fish are top feeders and I have only two middle feeders, so the flake food makes up the bulk of the food I use. As is recommended you should feed a few flakes at a time, enough to be eaten in a couple of minutes and any left over should be scooped out with a net to prevent it from polluting the tank.
The Aquarian food range is one of the most widely avaliable as it can be found in most if not all supermarkets in the pet aisle. It is made by Waltham, who make many other well known and leading pet food brands. The tubs are most often 50g or 25g ones and isnt the cheapest around at £5 for the 50g tub, obviously the smaller tubs are comparatively more expensive but there are also larger tubs avaliable up to 200g which from one online retailer is £13. They are distinctive purple and blue coloured and have feature pictures of angelfish, neon tetras and guppy's so that you cant mistake this product for the goldfish food.
Opening the lid and peeling away the foil which is there to keep the flakes fresh a smell of fish hits you, the flakes are a rainbow of colours - yellow, red, brown, and black presumably these are made up of different nutrients.
Sprinkling the flakes upon the water surface my fish soon are at the surface spashing away as they grab the flakes. I tend to feed a few small pinches adding more only when the first pinch has been eaten. Once in the water they remain floating at the surface until disturbed by either bubbles from my filter or the fish snatching at them, although eventually they will sink without these outside influences (though given that my fish are gluttons this rarely occurs).
The food is advertised as being good for the water, bringing out the natural colours of the fish (particularly important in colourful tropicals especially as dyed, tattooed or GM fish are outlawed), it is also good for keeping the fish healthy and active as it is made to meet all their nutritional needs.
The ingredients are fish and fish derivstives (most fish are carnivores), cereals, vegetable oils and fats, algae, molluscs and crustaceans (a large part of their natural diet), as well as antioxidents and preservatives allowed by the EEC - again important given the restrictions as some dyes are introduced to the fish via their food. The vitamin analysis shows matches the recommendations I have read online and in scietific journals (Yes sad I know but I was a Marine Biology student). As with human food it has a best before date in the case of my current tub March 2010 (so period of 3 years). This tub I bought in late March and if it lasts as long as the previous one should be finished in about 5 months - so it should last around 8 months in total assuming I feed at the same rate. So despite the fairly high purchase costs it is good value.
And though it has the right nutrients I do like to treat my fish to other foods occasionally - same as you would your mates if they relied on your for food!
When I bought my second hand tank there was a 200g tub with the deal but on opening it it was a solid lump of stinking brown stuff containing maggots - so I would really recommend getting rid of any left over food if you stop keeping fish!
The aquarian website is very informative and if you call the low rate helpline they will send a beginners fact sheet with tips on keeping fish, I havent seen it but a friend said it is very useful.
This is the food which the shop from which I bought my replacement Angelfish feeds their stock, and the food which I was recommended when I bought my previous fish.
Crude Protein (min) 33.5% / Crude Fat (min) 10% / Crude Fiber (max) 2% / Moisture (max) 9% / Phosphorous (min) 0.8% / Vitamin A (min) 10,000 IUkg / Vitamin D (min) 2,400 IUkg / Vitamin E (min) 500 IUkg / Calcium (min) 2.3% / Iron (min) 300 ppm / Weight: 0.6 lbs.