• Plain old fish food can get boring. Make sure to get your fish some healthy treats!

    Fish need a varied diet, and in addition to their staple food of flakes and pellets, you should make sure to feed them treats a few times a week. The right treats for your fish can be both healthy and fun to watch them eat.

    Carnivores

    If your fish is a meat-eater, a great way to treat him is to feed him live food. Live food is the best way to replicate a fish’s diet in the wild, and will give your fish a welcome adventure. Make sure you research your fish’s diet to see which live foods are suitable for his species. Also, you should be sure to check that the live food has been properly cleaned(this is a real concern with blackworms). Many live foods carry diseases that could spread into the tank and harm your fish. Here are some examples of great live treats you may consider for your fish:

    • Bloodworms
    • Blackworms
    • Brine Shrimp
    • Ghost Shrimp
    • Earthworms 
    • Grindal worms
    • White worms
    • Krill
    • Flies 
    • Crabs
    • Snails
    • Feeder fish for larger fish

    Another treat option is to give your fish frozen versions of the foods listed above. Frozen or freeze-dried foods may not be as exciting, but they are less likely to import diseases into your tank.

    Herbivores

    If your fish’s diet consists solely of plant materials, there are still some great treats you can get for him. Omnivores and even some meat-eating fish will also love some of these treats.

    • Lettuce, especially red lettuce
    • Spinach
    • Kelp
    • Frozen Algae
    • Spirulina based foods
    • Peas
    • Raspberries
    • Blueberries
    • Skinless, seedless grapes

    As with live foods, all of these should be properly checked for cleanliness before you feed them to your fish.

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    Depending on your fish’s size, you may want to cut up his treats into small sections.