New cichlid food

Aquavore Aquatic Nutrition logo. Image from the Aquavore website.

A couple of months ago, I was made aware of a new food brand, Aquavore Aquatic Nutrition. Produced mainly for Lake Tanganyika species, Aquavore produces flakes and pellets for both carnivores and herbivores (adult and fry). While primarily for cichlids, the company also produces a variety of pleco nuggets.

You can order the food directly from their website – Unfortunately, the site doesn’t provide any details about the food or the brand other than the ingredients. Clicking on the link for each food opens a page that provides the ingredient list. However, because the ingredients are grouped by category (e.g., proteins, vegetables), it’s unclear what the overall primary ingredients are. Typical fish food ingredient lists show all ingredients in descending order by volume (a requirement), so you know what the main ingredients are. This is important if you’re trying to avoid foods heavy in fillers. I will say that the ingredients listed on the website are very sparse in both fillers and various vegetable meals, even though the complete ingredients aren’t in normal order by volume. 

As I mentioned in the previous post, Aquavore is one of the foods in my feeding rotation. I never find any of this food uneaten in my tanks, so I know it’s being consumed. I would recommend that you give it a try. 

The Aquavore distributor is Rick Woods, who also owns Sandcity Cichlids, a fantastic online site mainly for shell dweller and dwarf cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Though Sandcity also includes some other species, like CA dwarf species and plecos, its focus is shell dwellers. I will say Rick has quite the selection. Though I haven’t ordered any fish from him yet, I will be in the near future. A review of his fish site and maybe an interview with him are subjects for another post. 

For what it’s worth, Rick feeds Aquavore to his Sandcity cichlid inventory, so he’s not just the product seller he’s also a consumer. 

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