Buying the Right Fish Food from Pet Stores

July 28, 2022 • By Felicia Wilson

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Every pet parent must understand that not all fish eat the same food. Therefore, one has to choose particular fish food and supplies based on the type of fish. Choosing food for aquarium fish is difficult. The fish food and supplies in UAE pet stores are always the preferred places for shopping for high-quality food supplies.

Types of fish food

There are six categories of fish food that one can choose from.

  • Flake feed
  • Frozen food
  • Pellet food
  • Seaweed
  • Live food
  • Freeze-dried food

The best food choice is often a combination of the six types of food mentioned above. This ensures a balanced and varied diet and also caters to the food habits of different species in the tank, aquarium, or other water bodies. The food habits also depend on how big or small the mouths of the fish are, or whether they eat vegetarian food or are predators. When flakes are incorrectly fed to the fish, they can end up in a mess inside the water tank. Some fish eat all day long, whereas some eat every alternate day. Moreover, pellets are known to be more nutritious than others. (1)

The fish type determines the food

No food can be considered universal for fish. Fish of different species have varying dietary needs. Pet owners should learn about their pet's specific feeding preferences and maintenance needs. While buying fish food and supplies in UAE, you must be able to answer the following questions.

  • How often do the fish need to eat?
  • Are the fish in the tank carnivorous, herbivorous, or omnivorous?
  • Do they eat pickily or with aggression?
  • Are the fish have low energy or high energy?

Having clear answers to the questions can help one visit pet stores and grab hold of the right products off the shelves.

Vital nutritional facts

Fish owners should always carefully read the ingredients listed on the package. Two essential elements must be present in any fish food, as they determine the quality of the particular food.

  1. Protein is vital for muscle and tissue growth in fish. In addition, it also helps to regulate metabolic functions in them.
  2. A certain percentage of fat is necessary for fish food to provide energy and sustain it.


The variety of fish food and supplies available in UAE pet retailers makes the entire process daunting. But things get easier and more efficient if the pet owners know the food and supplies that they will purchase. Given the fat and protein content, it is vital to obtain high-quality fish food. Low-quality ingredients filled with fillers fail to provide balanced nutrition to fish. Furthermore, it is also suggested to fish owners that they look for foods and supplies that can promote coloration as it is beneficial for fish in their aquariums. (2)


Felicia Wilson

She is a experienced health nutritionist and dietitian. She is also a writer therefore, she uses her creativity to make exceptional healthy meals that her clients loves.
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