4 Of The Best Foods For Neon Tetras!

These are the best foods for neon tetras out of everything I have tried:

  1. NTLabs Micro Crumb
  2. Fluval Bug Bites
  3. Daphnia
  4. Bloodworm

This is the feeding schedule I use with my neon tetras.

Day Of The WeekMeal 1Meal 2
MondayMicro CrumbBug Bites
TuesdayMicro CrumbDaphnia
SaturdayDaphniaBug Bites
ThursdayMicro CrumbDaphnia
FridayMicro CrumbBug Bites
SaterdayDaphniaMicro Crumb
SundayMicro CrumbBloodworm
Some Of The Other Fish Food I Have Tried
Some Of The Other Fish Food I Have Tried

Most fish food products I have tried with my neon tetras were a waste of money.

I want to share my experiences to help you find the best food for your neon tetras, as detailed in the breakdown below.

NTLabs Microcrumb

NTLabs Micro Crumb
NTLabs Micro Crumb

NTLabs Micro Crumb is the best food I’ve tried for my neon tetras, and they love it.

The granule size is perfect for their tiny mouths, and its primary ingredient, fish meal, provides plenty of protein.

While it can be difficult to find outside of Europe, NTLabs are working on expanding their distribution.

My Neon Tetras Eating NTLabs Micro Crumb

My neon tetras get excited when I add NTLabs Micro Crumb to their aquarium, darting all over the tank to eat it.

NTLabs provides a full nutrient breakdown of their products, so we know exactly what’s in it.

Crude Protein 47%, Crude Oil & Fat 9%, Crude Fibre 1.2%


Their Micro Crumb is rich in protein, promoting the health of your neon tetras.

NT Labs Micro Crumb
NT Labs Micro Crumb

The tiny granules are perfectly sized for both juvenile and adult tetras.

Only a small amount of food is needed so a single tub lasts for months, making it a cost-effective choice.

Fluval Bug Bite Granuels

Fluval Bug Bits Granules
Fluval Bug Bits Granules

Fluval Bug Bites have an excellent reputation in the hobby and my neon tetra love them.

One of the main advantages of Bug Bites is their widespread availability, making them easy to find in North America, Europe, and beyond.

They’re also surprisingly affordable, and I like this food so much that I published a dedicated review on Bug Bites.

My Neon Tetras Eating Fluval Bug Bites

My neon tetras only pick at the Bug Bites until they soften and then they eat them without issue.

Fluval provides a complete ingredients list on their website, so we know exactly what’s in Bug Bites.

Black soldier fly larvae (38%), salmon (20%), fish protein concentrate, peas, potato, wheat, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, calendula, rosemary

fluval aquatics

The main ingredient in Bug Bites is black soldier fly larvae, which adds some variety to my neon tetras’ diet.

According to this research paper, black soldier fly larvae are extremely nutrient-dense, making them an excellent component of fish food.

Analytical Constituents – Protein 40%, Fat Content 12%, Crude Fibres 5%

fluval aquatics

Bug Bites contain 40% protein, making them an excellent source of protein for your neon tetras. The high protein content supports their growth and overall health in your aquarium.

Although the granule size is larger than NTLabs Micro Crumb, you can use a pepper grinder to make them easier for your fish to eat.

Bug Bites Tropical Formula
Bug Bites Tropical Formula



Daphnia is available in live, frozen, and freeze-dried forms, but the frozen variant retains the most nutrients.

I like to defrost a cube of frozen daphnia in a cup with warm water before adding it to my aquarium.

The water flow from my filter spreads the daphnia throughout the tank, and my neon tetras go crazy for it.

My Neon Tetras Eating Daphnia

Nutritional information on daphnia can be inconsistent due to various factors affecting its quality.

These include whether it is live, frozen, or freeze-dried, its age, and the specific species.

The three most common types are daphnia magna, daphnia cucullata, and daphnia longispina with unique nutritional profiles.

The results achieved in our analyses do not correspond with those of B o g a t o v a et al. (1971)

Croatian Journal of Fisheries

According to research published in the Croatian Journal of Fisheries, different studies report varying nutritional profiles for the same types of daphnia.

Protein (min.) 5%, Fat (min.) 1.3%, Fibre (max.) 0.5%, Moisture(max.) 90%

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Although the suggested nutritional profile for the frozen daphnia I use with my neon tetras is provided above, it is not entirely accurate and represents min/max values.

Given the challenges in determining the exact nutritional content of daphnia, I rely on how my fish react to it.

My neon tetras and other fish get excited when I add daphnia to their tanks and enjoy eating it.



The nutritional profile of bloodworms is a topic of debate in the fish-keeping hobby, but my neon tetras love them.

They are available in live, frozen, and freeze-dried forms but the frozen variety offers the most nutrients.

Despite their popularity, bloodworms are low in protein and have a poor amino acid profile, so I feed them to my neon tetras once a week.

My Neon Tetra Eating Bloodworm

My neon tetras love bloodworms, though they take their time eating them due to their large size.

To avoid this, you can mash the bloodworms before adding them to your tank, or look for frozen baby bloodworms.

6-8% Protein And Iron Rich. However, It Doesn’t Have A Wide Range Of Amino Acids, So Do Not Feed As A Primary Food Supply.

The Aquarium Wiki

Recent research has found that bloodworms are not as protein-rich as once thought and their amino acid profile is often lacking.

Many fish keepers have switched to blackworms for their superior nutritional value, but they are hard to find in my area.

Feeding bloodworms once a week shouldn’t cause any issues, and neon tetras love them.