7 Of The Best Foods For Guppies!

Given their popularity, it’s no wonder so many people ask for advice on the best food for guppies.

After trying a wide range of foods, I wanted to share my experiences to try and help my readers find the perfect food for their fish.

Fluval Bug Bites

Fluval Bug Bites Pellet Sizes
Fluval Bug Bites Pellet Sizes

Fluval Bug Bite granules are one of the best foods for guppies. They contain high-quality ingredients that provide essential nutrients to your fish ensuring they live a long, healthy life.

The Fluval Bug Bites range includes several popular products, but I use the “Tropical Formula” with the light blue label for my guppies. It’s ideal for guppies because the small granule size makes them easy to eat.

I have also tried the “Bottom Feeder Formula” that I usually use with my corydoras and shrimp, but the larger granules seem difficult for guppies to consume.

Most Bug Bites formulas use a blend of black soldier fly larvae and salmon meal as their primary ingredients, providing plenty of vitamins, minerals, and protein for your guppies.

Although it’s anecdotal, my guppies always seem to display more vibrant colors when Bug Bites are their staple food.

I typically feed my guppies a serving of 2-3 Fluval Bug Bites each and they get two servings per day, so a single tub lasts for months.

If I had to choose just two foods for my guppies, this would be one of them due to the exceptional quality of the ingredients relative to price.

NTLabs Micro Crumb

NTLabs Micro Crumb
NTLabs Micro Crumb

NTLabs Micro Crumb is one of my favorite foods for guppies. My guppies love it and get visibly excited when I add it to their tank and devour it as fast as possible.

The tiny granule size of this particular formula makes it easy for guppies to eat too and I often see my guppies eating 2-3 granules at a time.

This food is rich in vitamins and minerals, with fish meal making up the bulk of the ingredients. Its high protein content also helps ensure your guppies stay healthy, with a lack of protein being a common issue with other foods.

I wish NTLabs would include a serving spoon because the tiny granule size makes portion control challenging but other than that, it’s great.

A small pinch of this food is usually sufficient for 7-10 guppies when combined with Fluval Bug Bites, making a small tub last a long time.

If I had to choose just two foods for my guppies, this would be the other one. The formula and granule size perfectly complement Fluval Bug Bites, making them a match made in heaven.

Daphnia

Daphnia
Daphnia

Daphnia is one of the best treat foods for guppies, and my fish love their daphnia treats.

You can find live, freeze-dried, and frozen daphnia in most pet stores, with the frozen option typically providing the best balance between shelf life and nutrition.

My guppy tanks use air-powered sponge filters that generate minimal water flow. Even this slight water movement is enough to push the defrosted daphnia around the tank, encouraging my guppies to chase them.

This not only provides my guppies with a tasty, nutritious meal but also offers mental stimulation as they chase the daphnia around the tank.

Although daphnia is one of the more nutrient-dense treat foods on this list, it is still not nutritionally complete.

This is why my guppies only get daphnia once or twice per week with the daphnia serving replacing one of their regular meals. The rest of their diet is made up of Fluval Bug Bites and NTLabs Micro Crumb.

Cyclops

Cyclops
Cyclops

Cyclops is another great treat food for guppies that is available in live, freeze-dried, and frozen varieties.

Once again, the frozen variety generally offers the best value for its nutritional profile relative to cost, though the live and freeze-dried options also work well.

Cyclops are smaller than daphnia, making them ideal for juvenile guppies, but I also use them with my adult guppies to add variety to their diet.

Some sources suggest that cyclops offer a better nutritional profile than daphnia, but my guppies seem to prefer eating daphnia.

Similar to daphnia, frozen cyclops move around the tank with the water flow, encouraging my guppies to “hunt” them and providing mental stimulation.

I typically substitute one of the daphnia treat meals with cyclops to help balance my guppies’ diet, though many feeding schedules can work with these types of treat foods.

If I had to choose between daphnia and cyclops, I would opt for daphnia since my guppies seem to prefer them. However, both are excellent treat foods.

Hakari Micro Pellets

Hakari Micro Pellets
Hakari Micro Pellets

Hikari Micro Pellets can be hit or miss with my guppies; about half of them seem to love these small granules, while the other half ignore them.

I have seen other guppies keepers report the same on social media where some of their guppies seem to love eating these granules while others won’t touch them.

This is why I typically use NTLabs Micro Crumb with my guppies, as all of my fish consistently eat it without issue, and both products offer a similar nutritional profile.

Fortunately, these are cheap and widely available, so most people can try them with their guppies to see how they respond.

If enough of your guppies eat them then you can start to use Hakari Micro Pellets as one of the staple foods for your guppies and they work well for people who can’t find the NTLabs range in their area.

Bloodworm

Bloodworm
Bloodworm

Bloodworms are a popular treat food for guppies that is cheap, easy to find, and easy to use.

Just like the other treat foods, you can find live, freeze-dried, or frozen bloodworms with all three options working well with guppies.

If possible, try to find small, juvenile bloodworms as my guppies sometimes struggle with the larger ones.

I know the nutritional value of bloodworms is often debated, and blackworms are recommended as a better alternative. However, since blackworms aren’t available in my area, I have to stick with bloodworms.

You can use bloodworms as an interchangeable treat with daphnia or cyclops once or twice per week provided you use them as part of a balanced diet with highly nutritious staple foods like Fluval Bug Bites and NTLabs Micro Crumb.

Flake Food

Fluval Bug Bite Flakes
Fluval Bug Bite Flakes

High-quality flake foods can be an excellent choice for guppies raised on flakes rather than granules, but they can be hit or miss with my guppies.

The issue with flake foods is that many are low-quality, containing poor ingredients that offer minimal nutrition to your guppies.

I know that Fluval Bug Bite flakes and Hikari flakes both use high-quality ingredients, but it’s important to research any other flake products you plan to offer your fish.

My guppies seem to have been raised on granule or pellet foods, as it took them a while to recognize flakes as food. Even now, they still seem to prefer granule foods over flakes.

If possible, ask the store or breeder what they feed the guppies before you buy them, and continue using the same type of food they were raised on.