Finding the best goldfish food isn’t as simple as buying whatever’s next to the goldfish bowls at the pet store. There are many different types out there, and choosing the right food matters. Feeding your fish the wrong food could cause problems like floating bladder disease, which can kill your fish. Choosing the right food leads to healthy, happy fish – and a cleaner tank, too! Here are a few things to look for when shopping for new goldfish food.
Type: Goldfish food typically comes in a few different types: flakes, granules, pellets, and sticks. They also vary depending on if they float or sink. Choosing the right food comes down to your fish’s size and where they prefer to eat.
Clear Water Formula: Clear water is important to not only the aesthetics of your tank or pond – it’s also important for your fish’s health! Pellets with clear water formulas won’t cloud up the water, or leave the tank floor murky or slimy.
Omega Acids: Omega acid is an important ingredient in goldfish food. It provides your fish with energy to stay active and helps keep its immune system healthy. For cold water fish, it will also act like antifreeze to prevent freezing or sluggishness!
Fish Size: Goldfish pellets and granules can vary greatly in size, so pay attention to what size fish they are made for to make sure your fish can handle them. Your fish may reject larger pellets or even choke on them!
Made In: The country your fish food is from will determine the quality of the food. Pet food from the U.S.A. is highly regulated, so you can trust that it’s safe. If the food is from another country, research their safety guidelines.
Size: The container size is important for two reasons: budget and freshness. Buy the size container you know you’ll use before it goes bad. A larger container isn’t always the best value if you keep throwing it out before it turns!
Okay – now that you know more about what to look for in goldfish food, let’s get into our goldfish food review! We found 10 foods that cover a wide range of needs. There are flakes and granules for smaller fish, sinking pellets to prevent floating bladder disease, and floating pellets for koi ponds. Short on time? Check out our Top Pick and Budget Pick to get started, and come back to read about our other options when you have time!