Freshwater Fish will Eat Seaweed and we can Prove it


Gourmet-GrazerAlthough the majority of the articles that appear on AquaNerd are saltwater related, we strive to be all-inclusive and give some love to our freshwater friends, as well.

Herbivorous and Omnivorous fish, shrimp, and aquatic snails often enjoy vegetables  and algae based foods in their diet and some aquarists like to chop up vegetables to fee to their fish.  Some omnivores like Mollies 7 Rainbowfish require more vegetation in their diet than other species of fish.  Many freshwater fish are primarily vegetarians such as Catfish, Bristlenose Plecos and the Amano Shrimp just to name a few.  These herbivorous fish should be provided a diet that consists almost entirely of plant based foods.

Many fish-keepers like to provide whole vegetables to limit the amount of processed fish foods consumed.  Which vegetables are best for each species depends upon their digestive system as much as the nutrient content.  Tropical fish have evolved to digest aquatic based veggies more so than we humans typically eat.  Seaweed and other aquatic based algaes are best for both tropical and marine fish and they can help improve the immune system and offer anti-inflammatory benefits also.  Seaweed is naturally harvested so it doesn’t contain pesticides found in many terrestrial plants so it’s not only safer than feeding foods from the grocery store but it’s easier for them to digest.

Innovative Marine recently posted a video showing their new Gourmet Grazer attached to the side of a freshwater aquarium with sheets of Seaweed (AKA Nori) placed inside the Grazer.  As you can see from the video, the freshwater fish are really digging their new feeding station.  In the wild, freshwater and saltwater fish graze throughout the day.  The Gourmet Grazer provides a more natural and healthy way for aquarium fish to feed.


Gourmet Grazer Features:

  1. Saltwater & Freshwater Fish (Herbivores and Carnivores)
  2. Holds up to 10 sheets of pre-cut seaweed
  3. Reduces Waste and Maintains Water Quality
  4. Feeds Multiple Fish Simultaneously
  5. Can be placed vertically or horizontally
  6. Low Profile
  7. Magnetic Mounted
  8. Promotes Natural Picking
  9. Durable PVC Construction
  10. Snap-Lock Security

For more information on Innovative Marine and the Gourmet Grazer please visit the Innovative Marine website.


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Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.