Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Sinking Fish Food

1. API Fish Food PELLETS, Formulated to Help Fish More readily use nutrients which Means Less Waste and...

User Ratings: 80 2

API 823B First Impressions

"Works very good."

I looked carefully inside the small shipping box but did not find the missing lid. Much better price than at the big box pet store. It's super fresh, and the tight seal on the lid makes its longevity stretch. Meaning it's overfilled for the better! It's super fresh, and the tight seal on the lid makes its longevity stretch. They float well, so he can play more. I'll definitely keep buying the TetraFin flakes.

  • API Fish Food PELLETS, Formulated to Help Fish More readily use nutrients which Means Less Waste and Clean, Clear Water, Feed up to Twice a Day as Much as They'll eat in 5 Minutes
  • Contains one (1) API TROPICAL PELLETS Sinking Pellets Fish Food 4.2-Ounce Container
  • Contains key nutrients for a complete and balance diet for all tropical community fish
  • Includes high-quality proteins, such as squid and shrimp, for optimal fish growth
  • Formulated to help fish more readily use nutrients which means less waste and clean, clear water
  • Feed twice a day to meet the requirements of tropical community fish
  • Manufacture: Aquarium Pharmaceuticals
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 4.75 inches; 2.67 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The API 823B
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API 823B Final Thoughts

"They love it tho."

It comes in a large container and I know we will never need fish food again. I can't use it in tanks where the majority of the fish feed at the surface. My son in law feeds this exclusively and he said his fish love it as well. I bought the 7oz container which is a lot of fish food. Its a myth that petstore gold fish die after the first weekend. I also keep the pond heater at 73 to 74 degrees all winter. Truth is though, my fish prefer this fish food to many others I've tried.

Overall Score
4.7


(3470 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Sinking Fish Food

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

User Ratings: 81 2

Fluval A6578 First Impressions

"They seem to like it."

I have tried to transition them to pellets but they love the flakes and ignore them. They work perfectly in the automatic feeder. I have been using TetraMin brand for 20 of those years. I also keep the pond heater at 73 to 74 degrees all winter. I'll definitely keep buying the TetraFin flakes. I will purchase again in the far future, since I now have over two pounds. I had tried flake food in an automatic feeder which was a total disaster.

  • Fluval Bug Bites Tropical Fish Food, Small Granules for Small to Medium Sized Fish, 1.59 oz.,
  • Tropical 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
  • Slow sinking granule format (1.4-1.6mm) – all fish can feed at their preferred depth; 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.
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.3 x 2.8 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A6578
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Fluval A6578 Final Thoughts

"They eat it up!"

This bucket of flakes allow me to feed these guys for 18 months. Many betta foods are floating orbs that have a diameter too large for bettas. I also keep the pond heater at 73 to 74 degrees all winter. The Petco store was out of that brand. I'm currently feeding Mollies, Platys, Neons, Swordtails and Dwarf gouramis. This container is a great size for the price. Florida green tree frogs, leopard frogs eat it, my southern black toads eat meat.

Overall Score
4.7


(1853 Points)

3. Tetra Tropical XL Color Granules with Natural Color Enhancer

User Ratings: 83 1

Tetra 16158 First Impressions

"I mean really love them."

The fish have grown beautifully, rich in color and very healthy. I also use subscribe and save for monthly deliveries so this food is a keeper for me. Because apparently my queensland dogs like it and need to participate too. If you have a lot of fish, it works well. It's super fresh, and the tight seal on the lid makes its longevity stretch. That way, you don't expose the flakes to humidity or spills. The next day they seemed less interested.

  • Tetra Tropical XL Color Granules with Natural Color Enhancer
  • Brings Out Beautiful Colors of Larger Tropical Fish
  • In addition, these slow-sinking granules bring color-enhancing nutrition to mid-water and bottom-feeding fish
  • Enhanced with vitamin C and the patented health-enhancing ProCare from TetraMin
  • Length of granule is 1-3mm
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.88 x 1.88 x 3.25 inches; 0.63 Ounces
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Tetra 16158 Final Thoughts

"Great value."

The food is very nutritious and fish food isn't just fish food. Many betta foods are floating orbs that have a diameter too large for bettas. I tried a different brand for a week, and then bought a new bottle of this food. You can't beat that price anywhere else and trust me I have looked everywhere. I went to a different Petco and found the right brand and brought it home. And watch them get dismantled, like a four yr old does with toast. There were two kinds of food--one flake and one in stick form.

Overall Score
4.7


(1771 Points)

4. Omega One Super Color Sinking Cichlid Pellets, 2mm Small Pellets

User Ratings: 81 2

Omega One 83531 First Impressions

"Good stuff."

Who would've thought 7 ounces of fish food is so much. My fish liked it from the start, and TetraFin has kept improving it over the years. The flakes inside the bucket come inside a sturdy bag. I have a sorority of 7 bettas, and they love this food. Such an awesome value for the money! During almost all of that time I've fed my fish TetraFin goldfish food. The next day they seemed less interested.

  • Omega One Super Color Sinking Cichlid Pellets, 2mm Small Pellets
  • IDEAL BALANCE: Omega One Floating Cichlid Pellets are formulated with a variety of fresh seafoods, ocean kelp, and spirulina to address the opportunistic dietary needs of cichlids
  • KEEP A CLEANER TANK: Our Floating Cichlid Pellets are naturally insoluble, which reduces water pollution, and they have significantly less starch, which reduces fish waste
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: No meals, hydrolysates, digests, or any other pre-processed protein
  • INSTRUCTIONS: Feed 1-3 times daily, using only as much food as fish can consume in two minutes
  • GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Min Crude Protein 42% / Min Crude Fat 11% / Max Crude Fiber 2% / Max Moisture 8.5% / Max Ash 8%
  • Manufacture: OMEGA ONE
  • Product Dimensions: 3.31 x 3.31 x 6.31 inches; 15.95 Ounces
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Omega One 83531 Final Thoughts

"Feeding frenzy!"

Doesn't cloudy my tank up, extra dissolves without any problems. They didn't seem to like the stick variety so I tossed it and fed them the flakes. However, I did have one small issue my package was delivered to my neighbor. I've also now have a number of very plump bottom feeders. I also use subscribe and save for monthly deliveries so this food is a keeper for me. I also keep the pond heater at 73 to 74 degrees all winter. Don't pinch the flakes with your hand.

Overall Score
4.7


(1327 Points)

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5. Tetra ShrimpWafers Complete Diet for Catfish and Loaches 3 Ounce

User Ratings: 81 2

Tetra 77024 First Impressions

"Feeding frenzy!"

Nice that some float and other sink so all the fish have a chance to feed. It's a peaceful scene those pretty fish enjoying their snack. I can only get little one in local stores for alot more money. Then, fill a separate smaller container for daily use. My fish liked it from the start, and TetraFin has kept improving it over the years. Best of luck to everyone and stay safe and healthy. Don't pinch the flakes with your hand.

  • Tetra ShrimpWafers Complete Diet for Catfish and Loaches 3 Ounce
  • Daily diet for Catfish and Loaches with rich Shrimp protein
  • Sinking food ideal for bottom Feeders
  • NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED: Formulated with a stabilized vitamin source and guaranteed nutrient percentages to support fish health.
  • Clear water formula
  • SUPPLEMENTAL USE: For other shrimp protein-loving fish, feed every few days, only what your fish can consume within a few hours.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Item Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.75 x 1.5 x 8 inches
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Tetra 77024 Final Thoughts

"Fish seem happy."

But my Rams tend to be finicky eaters, and they pig out on this stuff. In particular, they attack the red-colored flakes. This might be a pro or a con, depending on the type of fish you have. They are loving more this product more than flakes. It also seems to create less waste than other brands, which keeps my tank cleaner. 06 oz size, which is very economical, and then transfer them to my smaller 2. If you have a lot of fish, it works well.

Overall Score
4.7


(1178 Points)

6. Omega One Sinking Shrimp Pellets, 8mm Pellets

User Ratings: 84 2

Omega One 03391 First Impressions

"And the bag is so big."

My 20+ female and male bettas prefer these crisps to other foods. I regularly purchase this and am very happy with the product. Don't pinch the flakes with your hand. The fishes are are healthy, happy and colorful. During almost all of that time I've fed my fish TetraFin goldfish food. And watch them get dismantled, like a four yr old does with toast. I expressed my frustration at the fish store, and they recommended these granules.

  • Omega One Sinking Shrimp Pellets, 8mm Pellets
  • UNSURPASSED NUTRITION: Made with real shrimp, these pellets are like no other. We purchase whole, fresh shrimp direct from Alaskan fishermen and women. It is 100% food grade and loaded with natural color enhancers and delicious cold-water proteins
  • KEEP A CLEANER TANK: Our Sinking Shrimp Pellets are naturally insoluble, which reduces water pollution, and they have significantly less starch, which reduces fish waste
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: No meals, hydrolysates, or digests
  • INSTRUCTIONS: Feed 1-3 times daily, using only as much food as fish can consume in two minutes
  • GUARANTEED ANALYSIS: Min Crude Protein 38% / Min Crude Fat 10% / Max Crude Fiber 2% / Max Moisture 8.5% / Max Ash 8%
  • Manufacture: OMEGA ONE
  • Product Dimensions: 2.75 x 2.75 x 3.5 inches; 2.75 Ounces
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Omega One 03391 Final Thoughts

"And they love it."

Some feed at the surface and some feed toward the bottom of the tanks. I have a few dozens of goldfish in a small pond. My Oscar is almost 4 years old and loves it. Betta fins make them slow, so they need something a little sturdier sometimes. The fish are always happy to eat it and they develop beautiful colors. Other than that it is a great product and I will continue to buy it for my fish. My larger fish eat it just as readily as the smaller fish.

Overall Score
4.7


(1024 Points)

7. Hikari Sinking Cichlid Gold Fish Food, Medium Pellets

User Ratings: 77 3

Hikari 42055047661 First Impressions

"But I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"

Our giant plecos absolutely love this stuff! That way, you don't expose the flakes to humidity or spills. My wife has raised her goldfish on Tetra goldfish flakes from day one. They anxiously wait with signs waiting for it always. This might be a pro or a con, depending on the type of fish you have. They come out of their hiding spots almost as soon as it hits the water. You can't go wrong with Tetra food products.

  • Hikari Sinking Cichlid Gold Fish Food, Medium Pellets
  • Sinking pellet that will not cloud water
  • High In Astaxanthin
  • Brings Out Natural, Brilliant Colors
  • Supports immune system health
  • Great for larger tropical fish also
  • Manufacture: Phillips Feed & Pet Supply Natural Balance
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches; 2.2 Pounds
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Hikari 42055047661 Final Thoughts

"My Betta loves it."

I picked a similar flake food and brought it home and tossed it in the pond. Don't pinch the flakes with your hand. Don't pinch the flakes with your hand. This might be a pro or a con, depending on the type of fish you have. I've had backyard goldfish ponds over the last 30 years at three different homes. They grew quick on flakes, they love them. Our giant plecos absolutely love this stuff!

Overall Score
4.6


(927 Points)

8. Fluval Bug Bites Cichlid Fish Food, Pellets for Medium to Large Sized Fish, 3.53 oz., A6581

User Ratings: 77 2

Fluval A6581 First Impressions

"Great food."

06 oz size, which is very economical, and then transfer them to my smaller 2. I have tried to transition them to pellets but they love the flakes and ignore them. This Tetra style food doesn't do either of those things. Its a myth that petstore gold fish die after the first weekend. It's super fresh, and the tight seal on the lid makes its longevity stretch. Our giant plecos absolutely love this stuff! My son in law feeds this exclusively and he said his fish love it as well.

  • Fluval Bug Bites Cichlid Fish Food, Pellets for Medium to Large Sized Fish, 3.53 oz., A6581
  • Tropical 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
  • Slow sinking pellet format (5-7mm) – all fish can feed at their preferred depth; 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: 3.53 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Fluval A6581
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Fluval A6581 Final Thoughts

"DO RECOMEND!"

The flakes absorb the moisture in the air, cake up, and clog the feeder. Best of luck to everyone and stay safe and healthy. I have a number of freshwater aquariums with a wide variety of fish. My fish liked it from the start, and TetraFin has kept improving it over the years. It feeds my pond and two tanks, happy fish! LoL, So we are all happy at meal time. The container looks like the one I'd just finished so I bought it.

Overall Score
4.6


(810 Points)

9. TetraMin Complete Diet Tropical Tablets for Bottom Feeders

User Ratings: 78 4

Tetra 16110 First Impressions

"Surprise, surprise."

Much better price than at the big box pet store. I bought a house last year and inherited some fish in a pond. During almost all of that time I've fed my fish TetraFin goldfish food. Such an awesome value for the money! However, I did have one small issue my package was delivered to my neighbor. Until this, the earthworms were their favorites. My neon tetras, mollies, platys, and tiger barbs love this stuff and they devour it.

  • TetraMin Complete Diet Tropical Tablets for Bottom Feeders
  • TROPICAL FORMULATION: Easily digestible ingredients for use as staple food for your bottom-feeding tropical fish.
  • SINKING TABLETS: Provides a complete, balanced diet for omnivorous bottom feeders.
  • NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED: Fortified with Vitamin C to nutritionally support your fish’s immune system.
  • WITH ESSENTIAL PROTEIN: Formulated for growth and vitality.
  • LESS WASTE: Supports healthy digestion – feed tablets once daily, along with Tetra TetraMin flakes and granules to provide nutrition for all levels of fish.
  • Manufacture: Tetra
  • Product Dimensions: 1.88 x 1.88 x 2.88 inches; 2.08 Ounces
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Tetra 16110
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Tetra 16110 Final Thoughts

"They sank."

Overall, this is a good product for a good price. Such an awesome value for the money! Such an awesome value for the money! They wouldn't go into detail about anything more. It's super fresh, and the tight seal on the lid makes its longevity stretch. Betta fins make them slow, so they need something a little sturdier sometimes. Truth is though, my fish prefer this fish food to many others I've tried.

Overall Score
4.6


(770 Points)

10. 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
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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


(633 Points)

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