Selecting Your Aquarium Goldfish Food

To keep the goldfishes in the aquarium healthy, you need to provide them foods that are healthy for the fish. There are many kinds of goldfish food available in the market. But what are the Best Goldfish Foods?

I am going to answer the question as best as I can.

What Kind of Food does Goldfish Eat?

A wild goldfish can eat crustaceans, plants, insects, and other small fishes. But when you turn them into aquarium fishes, they don’t have a natural habitat to hunt for foods. You can create an artificial habitat for them. But you still need to provide them with nutritious foods.

To do that you still need to consider their natural diet.

Food for captive goldfishes is typically offered in flakes, floating pellets, sinking pellets, or gel, along with greens. Goldfish also eat skinned peas, bloodworms, and brine shrimp.

The cleanest food is the floating pellets. Once your fish have done eating, you can easily clean the rest.

Eating pellets from the floor can cause digestive issues for fish.


Flakes food for goldfish is thin pieces of processed food. They are ideal for small goldfishes. When you feed them the flakes will tend to float. The fishes will come up and eat the flakes. When they are done eating, you can recycle the rest of the flakes from the water.

Don’t overfeed the fish. That can lead to constipation.

Pallet and sticks

As long as the food sizes are small, you can feed your aquarium goldfishes pallet and sticks.

Pallet and sticks are the best goldfish pond foods. They are easy to digest and you can be sure that you don’t overfeed the fish. You can also tell if the sticks are too large for your fish or not.

Add Greens to the Diet

Goldfishes are herbivores. They love to eat underwater plants. green algae, vegetables, fruits, and leafy greens are part of their regular diet in the wild. While flakes and sticks can include this and provide enough nutrition that’s not the case always. You still should add some greenery in the reef aquarium for the fish. You should also add edible plants to the aquarium.

Including them in the diet will help with their digestion and you will have much more healthy fishes.

Freeze Dried

Freeze-dried foods like bloodworms, krill, brine shrimp, or squid is a good protein source. Any freeze-dried foods that contain these, is a good source for vitamins and minerals. This helps you to balance the diet of your goldfishes. They help reduce the stress of the fish. Krill contains carotene. Carotene creates red pigment in goldfishes. They help the fish to keep its color from fading.

Squid is an excellent source of amino acids and cholesterol. These materials are suitable and healthy for young fishes.

Frozen carrot also contains carotene. All edible plants and other green vegetables help fishes with their digestive system.

Most of the time frozen feeds will come as individual packets or in a large brick size. It’s easy to tear the brick into pieces and feed the fishes. Any food from a reputable brand will keep it’s texture and nutritions even underwater. While cheap food may start to leak and have less nutrition.

Choosing the food is a little harder than choosing the aquarium or pond for your goldfishes. They can’t take care of themselves in an artificial habitat. You need to make sure they are taken care of. Don’t try to go for cheaper foods when the better brand costs a little more.

Think of it as you are feeding a child, you don’t want bad things to happen to your child.