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The Right Food to Feed Your Fish

Your finny friend might be fishing around for more than just flakes. Find out.

Herbivores

1. Herbivores

Plecos, African cichlids, pacus and silver dollars are all fish who eat vegetarian. They do well on a staple of flake food, but also like nibbling algae wafers. For a fresh option, you can supplement your fish's diet with lettuce, spinach, zucchini and green peas chopped into fish-sized bites.

Omnivores

2. Omnivores

Most aquarium fish are omnivores: you can feed them meat or plants, or both. These species — including goldfish, mollies and catfish— also like eating flake food. If you have goldfish, look for a food formula made just for them.

Carnivores

3. Carnivores

Only a few species of fish eat mostly meat. Jack Dempsey cichlids and bettas like worms (live or freeze-dried) and frozen brine shrimp. Oscars enjoy the hunt, living on live feeder fish.

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