Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Penn-Plax Fish Food

1. Penn-Plax Pro Balance Vacation Fish Feeder – Slow Release Food That’s Great for Weekend Vacays: ...

User Ratings: 62 7

Penn-Plax PBV3 First Impressions

"He didn't eat them day 1."

I went to a different Petco and found the right brand and brought it home. They float well, so he can play more. I accidentally purchased this thinking it was flake food. Best of luck to everyone and stay safe and healthy. The flakes are consistently mostly big, so it's not a big bucket of duff at all. I work long hours and don't always have time to feed my fish on a regular schedule. I have been using TetraMin brand for 20 of those years.

  • Penn-Plax Pro Balance Vacation Fish Feeder – Slow Release Food That’s Great for Weekend Vacays: 1 Block Feeds up to 3 Days (4 Blocks per Package) – Safe for Freshwater & Saltwater Tanks
  • GREAT FOR WEEKEND VACAYS: Worried about finding a fish-sitter as you plan for your next weekend getaway or adventure? Or, whenever or not they’ll overfeed your fish? Fear no more! Our Pro Balance Vacation Fish Feeder Blocks will feed your fish while you’re away. Each block feeds to up 3 days, and each package contains 4 Starfish Shape Blocks.
  • IDEAL FOR 10 – 15 GALLON TANKS: Our Fish Feeder Blocks work best in aquariums that are between 10 and 15 Gallons in size. One block will last 3 to 4 days depending on the PH level and water temperature. A minimum water temperature of 72°F (22°C) and PH level of 6.6 to 7.0 is most efficient for the release of food particles.
  • REQUIRES AERATION & CIRCULATION: Within hours, our Feeder Blocks will start to dissolve, releasing nutritious freeze-dried foods while neutralizing your aquarium’s water. In order for this to happen, your tank should have the proper aeration and circulation. Our Feeder Blocks dissolve normally with setups that have an air stone or filter.
  • GIVE IT A TRY BEFORE YOUR TRIP: Just like us, our fish can get picky over their food. As a suggestion, you may want to place 1 Feeder Block in your tank a week before your vacation or trip. This way, you’ll see if they like it or not. To take it a step further, you may want to leave the tank alone as you test our Feed Blocks, mimicking the trip.
  • INGREDIENTS: Calcium Sulfate, Freeze-Dried Tubifex Worm, Freeze-Dried Bloodworm, Freeze-Dried Daphnia, Freeze-Dried White Shrimp, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), and Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6).
  • Manufacture: Penn Plax, INC.
  • Product Dimensions: 3.75 x 0.75 x 6 inches; 0.96 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Penn-Plax PBV3
  • Quality [star rating='3.7']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Penn-Plax PBV3 Final Thoughts

"But I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"

The flakes are easy to break up in your fingers for small little mouths if needed. I have used this brand and fish food since the day I purchased my fish. The flakes are easy to break up in your fingers for small little mouths if needed. The Goldfish Flake is their favorite snack in the morning and evening. I have been feeding him every day for 1 week now and he loves to swim and play now. However, I did have one small issue my package was delivered to my neighbor. For whatever reason, my fish have never been much attracted to pellet food.

Overall Score
4.2

[star rating="4.2"]
(266 Points)

2. Fluval Bug Bites Bottom Feeder Fish Food, Granules for Small to Medium Sized Fish, 1.59 oz., A6586

User Ratings: 84 1

Fluval A6586 First Impressions

"Works very good."

The flakes absorb the moisture in the air, cake up, and clog the feeder. The fish have grown beautifully, rich in color and very healthy. This bucket of flakes allow me to feed these guys for 18 months. I like how the packaging can be resealed. To put it in perspective, its about 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide! I tightly close the bag with a plastic cord. I also keep the pond heater at 73 to 74 degrees all winter.

  • Fluval Bug Bites Bottom Feeder Fish Food, Granules for Small to Medium Sized Fish, 1.59 oz., A6586
  • Bottom feeder fish food that contains up to 40%, nutrient-rich Black Soldier Fly Larvae, the first ingredient
  • High in multiple proteins like whole salmon – rich in Omega 3 and 6 for healthy skin, scales and fins
  • Fortified with essential vitamins, amino acids and minerals for a balanced daily diet
  • Sinking granule format (1.4-1.6mm) – ideal for bottom feeders; feed as much as fish can eat in two minutes, two or three times daily
  • Sustainably processed in small batches for quality control and maximum freshness
  • Made in Canada with no artificial fillers, colors or preservatives
  • Manufacture: Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
  • Item Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.3 x 2.8 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A6586
  • Quality [star rating='4.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.7']

Fluval A6586 Final Thoughts

"They eat and they eat."

It also seems to create less waste than other brands, which keeps my tank cleaner. I bought a house last year and inherited some fish in a pond. Fish color and health are all good. It is well worth the money especially for the size. Because apparently my queensland dogs like it and need to participate too. This works well for me for the last decade and saves me money on bulk purchasing. Our giant plecos absolutely love this stuff!

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(633 Points)

3. Tetra Weekend Tropical Slow Release Feeder Fish Food

User Ratings: 52 15

Tetra 77150 First Impressions

"Noticeably brighter."

They won't have to work for it like I did. I looked carefully inside the small shipping box but did not find the missing lid. I bought a house last year and inherited some fish in a pond. Our fish tell us every morning in sign language how much they like your flakes. It's super fresh, and the tight seal on the lid makes its longevity stretch. I have tried to transition them to pellets but they love the flakes and ignore them. This container is a great size for the price.

  • Tetra Weekend Tropical Slow Release Feeder Fish Food
  • Allows fish to eat when hungry vs plaster feeders that dissolve
  • Allows fish to eat when hungry vs plaster feeders that dissolve
  • Will not pollute water or negatively effect water quality
  • Gel blocks may be left in the aquarium when regular feeding is resumed
  • Gel blocks may be left in the aquarium when regular feeding is resumed
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 0.71 x 3.06 x 5.94 inches; 1.06 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 77150
  • Quality [star rating='4']
  • Value For Money [star rating='3.2']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.2']

Tetra 77150 Final Thoughts

"Excellent product."

Meaning it's overfilled for the better! I have about 11 fishes 6 different types and all fresh water fishes. As an avid aquarium enthusiast I use a lot of fish food. I accidentally purchased this thinking it was flake food. The next day they seemed less interested. The Petco store was out of that brand. My fry grow out quickly with vibrant colours.

Overall Score
3.8

[star rating="3.8"]
(853 Points)

4. Hikari Saki Fancy Goldfish Fish Food for Premium Grade or Fancy Goldfish, 7 oz. (200g)

User Ratings: 86 2

Hikari 49340/3696 First Impressions

"My tank is a 55 gallon."

Lesson learned, but this will work for now. The company and brand of Tetra has been my go to for products for years. The flakes inside the bucket come inside a sturdy bag. I've also now have a number of very plump bottom feeders. I have a number of freshwater aquariums with a wide variety of fish. My neon tetras, mollies, platys, and tiger barbs love this stuff and they devour it. My wife has raised her goldfish on Tetra goldfish flakes from day one.

  • Hikari Saki Fancy Goldfish Fish Food for Premium Grade or Fancy Goldfish, 7 oz. (200g)
  • Rich in astaxanthin and pure cultured spirulina, offering vivid color enhancement
  • Balanced formulation promotes improved growth and desirable form
  • Rich in Vitamin-E and stabilized Vitamin-C offering outstanding immune system support
  • The Hikari-Germ helps reduce and recondition waste thereby improving overall water quality
  • For all types of premium-grade or fancy goldfish, especially Ranchu
  • Manufacture: Hikari
  • Product Dimensions: 4.33 x 4.33 x 4.33 inches; 7.05 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hikari 49340/3696
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4']

Hikari 49340/3696 Final Thoughts

"Packaging."

I have used this brand and fish food since the day I purchased my fish. However, I did have one small issue my package was delivered to my neighbor. I have a few dozens of goldfish in a small pond. They come out of their hiding spots almost as soon as it hits the water. My fry grow out quickly with vibrant colours. I found this TetraMin Tropical Flakes item that met all of my needs. Doesn't cloudy my tank up, extra dissolves without any problems.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(599 Points)

5. Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2138-A Community Crave Fish Food

User Ratings: 73 1

Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2138-A First Impressions

"My fish love all of them."

Betta fins make them slow, so they need something a little sturdier sometimes. Such an awesome value for the money! They wouldn't go into detail about anything more. I tried a different brand for a week, and then bought a new bottle of this food. This works well for me for the last decade and saves me money on bulk purchasing. Our giant plecos absolutely love this stuff! They come out of their hiding spots almost as soon as it hits the water.

  • Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2138-A Community Crave Fish Food
  • For finiky eaters Spirulina and Krill flakes slowly sinks to the bottom
  • Slow Sinking
  • No Preservatives, No Hormones
  • Manufacture: Xtreme Aquatic Foods
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 2.75 x 3.5 inches; 0.8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2138-A
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.6']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.1']

Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2138-A Final Thoughts

"And they love it."

The flakes absorb the moisture in the air, cake up, and clog the feeder. I can easily crumple it small or to any size for the little mouths. I accidentally purchased this thinking it was flake food. Nice that some float and other sink so all the fish have a chance to feed. This is a great addition to any feeding regiment for community and betta tanks. My neon tetras, mollies, platys, and tiger barbs love this stuff and they devour it. My son in law feeds this exclusively and he said his fish love it as well.

Overall Score
4.6

[star rating="4.6"]
(51 Points)

6. Aqua Master Color Enhancer Fish Food, 11-Pound/Bag, Small

User Ratings: 70

Aqua Master Color 11 First Impressions

"Surprise, surprise."

I have been using this stuff for a couple of years without a problem. My 20+ female and male bettas prefer these crisps to other foods. My Oscar is almost 4 years old and loves it. The waste is extremely minimal to nothing. I expressed my frustration at the fish store, and they recommended these granules. I've had backyard goldfish ponds over the last 30 years at three different homes. They float well, so he can play more.

  • Aqua Master Color Enhancer Fish Food, 11-Pound/Bag, Small
  • Enriched nucleotide enhances koi immunity
  • High portion of Spirulina and Astaxanthin effectively enhances koi color richness
  • Coated with Bacillus Subtilize natto to facilitate digestion and reduce water contamination
  • Organic minerals effectively raise koi's vibrancy
  • 12 Bags/carton;3.5-4.0 millimeter
  • Manufacture: Kokaho Aquarium Co.
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 10.5 x 5 inches; 11 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aqua Master Color 11
  • Quality [star rating='4.5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.5']

Aqua Master Color 11 Final Thoughts

"It's fish food!"

Florida green tree frogs, leopard frogs eat it, my southern black toads eat meat. Until this, the earthworms were their favorites. They grew quick on flakes, they love them. That way, you don't expose the flakes to humidity or spills. I expressed my frustration at the fish store, and they recommended these granules. Much better price than at the big box pet store. You can't go wrong with Tetra food products.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(4 Points)

7. Aquascape Premium Staple Pond and Koi Fish Food, Mixed Pellet Size, 2.2-Pounds

User Ratings: 86 3

Aquascape 81051 First Impressions

"Tastes like chicken."

During almost all of that time I've fed my fish TetraFin goldfish food. I regularly purchase this and am very happy with the product. I bought the 7oz container which is a lot of fish food. I have been feeding him every day for 1 week now and he loves to swim and play now. Many betta foods are floating orbs that have a diameter too large for bettas. I have tried to transition them to pellets but they love the flakes and ignore them. It is well worth the money especially for the size.

  • Aquascape Premium Staple Pond and Koi Fish Food, Mixed Pellet Size, 2.2-Pounds
  • Floating pellet ideal for all size pond fish (3-inch and above)
  • Probiotics aid in digestion and reduce fish waste
  • Contains high-quality protein and stabilized vitamin C to promote optimal fish growth and health
  • Helps keep pond water clean and clear
  • Mixed Pellet Size (small, medium, large); 2.2 pound bag
  • Manufacture: Aquascape, Inc
  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 11 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Aquascape 81051
  • Quality [star rating='4.6']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='5']

Aquascape 81051 Final Thoughts

"Strong fish food smell."

When I feed my fish I drop some in as is and crumple up the rest. Nice that some float and other sink so all the fish have a chance to feed. I have been using this product for decades, and it is loved by all my fish. Many betta foods are floating orbs that have a diameter too large for bettas. I can easily crumple it small or to any size for the little mouths. Many betta foods are floating orbs that have a diameter too large for bettas. I've had backyard goldfish ponds over the last 30 years at three different homes.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(71 Points)

8. Southern Delight Large Cichlid fish food

User Ratings: 65 13

Southern Delight First Impressions

"It seems to do just fine."

I can only get little one in local stores for alot more money. I have a number of freshwater aquariums with a wide variety of fish. Who would've thought 7 ounces of fish food is so much. I picked a similar flake food and brought it home and tossed it in the pond. The flakes inside the bucket come inside a sturdy bag. To put it in perspective, its about 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide! I have a sorority of 7 bettas, and they love this food.

  • Southern Delight Large Cichlid fish food
  • LARGE CICHLID FOOD / SPECIAL BLENDS* is custom blended to mimic the nutritionally diverse feeding habits of fish found in nature. Made up of separate nutrient rich pellet diets mixed together to meet the specific and essential nutritional needs of each variety. Each different colored pellet has it's own distinct set of ingredients and unique levels of meat as well as vegetable proteins, fats and fibers. Like feeding in nature, this allows for varied and deciphered eating and provides a uniquely diverse, balanced and complete diet.
  • 8 oz. / 237 g
  • Manufacture: Southern Delight
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Southern Delight
  • Quality [star rating='3.3']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.9']
  • Affordability [star rating='3.1']

Southern Delight Final Thoughts

"Works very good."

Kind of seems like junk food but the fish all love it. I bought the 7oz container which is a lot of fish food. This is a great addition to any feeding regiment for community and betta tanks. I bought a house last year and inherited some fish in a pond. Really happy about this purchase, and it's a very well spoken for brand. I can only get little one in local stores for alot more money. The flakes are consistently mostly big, so it's not a big bucket of duff at all.

Overall Score
4.0

[star rating="4"]
(9 Points)

9. (3 Pack) Hikari Cichlid Gold Floating Pellets Large, 8.8-Ounce

User Ratings: 86 1

Hikari First Impressions

"Would recommend!"

I also use subscribe and save for monthly deliveries so this food is a keeper for me. My son in law feeds this exclusively and he said his fish love it as well. Some feed at the surface and some feed toward the bottom of the tanks. The flakes inside the bucket come inside a sturdy bag. Doesn't cloudy my tank up, extra dissolves without any problems. They work perfectly in the automatic feeder. The waste is extremely minimal to nothing.

  • (3 Pack) Hikari Cichlid Gold Floating Pellets Large, 8.8-Ounce
  • 3 packages of Cichlid Gold
  • Floating pellet that will not cloud the water
  • Color enhancing daily diet
  • Manufacture: Hikari Sales Usa Inc
  • Product Dimensions: 3.15 x 7.48 x 8.66 inches; 1.74 Pounds
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Hikari
  • Quality [star rating='5']
  • Value For Money [star rating='5']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.4']

Hikari Final Thoughts

"Great price as well!"

For whatever reason, my fish have never been much attracted to pellet food. Kind of seems like junk food but the fish all love it. The fish seem to not care about the switch either way. Doesn't cloudy my tank up, extra dissolves without any problems. Really happy about this purchase, and it's a very well spoken for brand. I have about 11 fishes 6 different types and all fresh water fishes. The Petco store was out of that brand.

Overall Score
4.8

[star rating="4.8"]
(429 Points)

10. Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2211-F Community Crave Flake, 8 oz

User Ratings: 89

Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2211-F First Impressions

"DO RECOMEND!"

I received my order today as promised and the shipping box was sealed and undamaged. Don't pinch the flakes with your hand. They just clean it up when I sprinkle a couple of spoonfuls. I can't use it in tanks where the majority of the fish feed at the surface. I have been using TetraMin Tropical Flakes to feed guppies for over a dozen years. It comes in a large container and I know we will never need fish food again. For those that own fish you know how expensive it can be.

  • Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2211-F Community Crave Flake, 8 oz
  • All Natural Krill/Spirulina Flake
  • Made in USA
  • No Hormones
  • Country Of Origin: United States
  • Manufacture: Xtreme Aquatic Foods
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 5.5 inches; 8 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2211-F
  • Quality [star rating='4.9']
  • Value For Money [star rating='4.8']
  • Affordability [star rating='4.8']

Xtreme Aquatic Foods 2211-F Final Thoughts

"They LOVE it."

It is well worth the money especially for the size. I picked a similar flake food and brought it home and tossed it in the pond. I've also now have a number of very plump bottom feeders. Quick delivery in this time of the Pandemic. I also use subscribe and save for monthly deliveries so this food is a keeper for me. I will purchase again in the far future, since I now have over two pounds. The fish seem to not care about the switch either way.

Overall Score
4.7

[star rating="4.7"]
(13 Points)

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