Aquarium Fish

Nutrition: Sample Diets for Marine Fish

posted: 05/15/12

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 — a plant eater

- Carnivore — a meat eater

- Omnivore — a consumer of both plants and meaty foods (the vast majority of aquarium fish fit into this category)

Many of the staple diets do a very good job of providing a broad range of essential nutrients required for good health. 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 assures better nutrition, and enriches the diet of your fish with more tastes and textures.

While there are many high-quality foods available, we have had particularly good results with those foods and brands listed below. The list indicates whether that fish is classified as a herbivore (H), carnivore (C) or omnivore (O), and offers good choices for both the staple diet and supplementary diet. Some fish, such as Blennies, are listed as belonging to more than one category, depending on the particular variety. Make sure to research the dietary needs of the specific variety of fish you own.

Angels, Dwarf (O)

Staple Diet: Hikari Mega-Marine Angel®; Ocean Nutrition Formula Two® Flake

Supplementary Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Green Seaweed Leaf®

Angels, Large (O)

Staple Diet: Hikari Mega-Marine Angel®; Ocean Nutrition Formula Two® Flake

Supplementary Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Green Seaweed Leaf®

Anthias (C)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: Freeze-Dried Plankton; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Flakes

Basslets (C)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: Freeze-Dried Plankton; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Flakes

Batfish (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; TetraMarine Marine Granules®

Supplementary Diet: Hikari Krill® Frozen; Freeze-Dried Plankton

Blennies (H) (C) (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Formula Two® Flake

Supplementary Diet: TetraMarine Marine Granules®; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Frozen

Boxfish (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Formula Two® Flake

Supplementary Diet: Freeze-Dried Plankton; Cockle in Shell

Butterflyfish (C) (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Whole Cockle in Shell

Supplementary Diet: TetraMarine Marine Granules®; Ocean Nutrition Formula One®

Cardinalfish (C)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: TetraMarine Marine Granules®; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Frozen

Clownfish (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: TetraMarine Marine Granules®; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Frozen

Damselfish (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: TetraMarine Marine Granules®; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Frozen

Eels (C)

Staple Diet: Gamma Shrimp; Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack®

Supplementary Diet: Live Ghost (Glass) Shrimp

Filefish (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: TetraMarine Marine Granules®; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Frozen

Gobies (C) (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: TetraMarine Marine Granules®; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Frozen

Groupers (C)

Staple Diet: Whole Cockle; Freeze-Dried Krill

Supplementary Diet: Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack®; Gamma Shrimp

Grunts (C)

Staple Diet: Whole Cockle; Freeze-Dried Krill

Supplementary Diet: Live Ghost (Glass) Shrimp

Hawkfish (C)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: Freeze-Dried Plankton; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Flakes

Hogfish (C)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: Freeze-Dried Plankton; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Flakes

Lions (C)

Staple Diet: Frozen Krill; Freeze-Dried Plankton

Supplementary Diet: Live Ghost (Glass) Shrimp

Parrotfish (O)

Staple Diet: Formula Two; Freeze-Dried Krill

Supplementary Diet: Whole Cockle; SeaVeggies® (leaf with clip)

Pseudochromis (C)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: Freeze-Dried Plankton; Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Plus® Flakes

Puffers (C) (O)

Staple Diet: Cockle in Shell; Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack®

Supplementary Diet: Live Ghost (Glass) Shrimp

Rabbitfish (H)

Staple Diet: Life Line Herbivore Minced®; SeaVeggies® (leaf with clip)

Supplementary Diet: Life Line Green Shredded®; O. S. I. Spirulina Flakes®

Squirrelfish (C)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: Life Line Green Shredded®; O. S. I. Spirulina Flakes®

Sweetlips (C) (O)

Staple Diet: Life Line Carnivore Minced®; Ocean Nutr. Formula One®

Supplementary Diet: Live Ghost (Glass) Shrimp

Tangs (H)

Staple Diet: Life Line Herbivore Minced®; SeaVeggies® (leaf with clip)

Supplementary Diet: Life Line Green Shredded®; O. S. I. Spirulina Flakes®

Triggerfish (C)

Staple Diet: Cockle in Shell; Aqua Yums Squid Flat Pack®

Supplementary Diet: Live Ghost (Glass) Shrimp

Wrasse (C) (O)

Staple Diet: Mysis Shrimp; Ocean Nutrition Prime Reef Flakes®

Supplementary Diet: Life Line Green Shredded®; O. S. I. Spirulina Flakes®

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