African Cichlid Food & Cichlid Pellets

Here is a list of safe food options for African cichlids in order of best nutritional value vs cost:

Food Option Nutritional Value Cost
Pellets High Low
Frozen/live brine shrimp High Medium
Krill High Medium
Bloodworms High High
Algae wafers/spirulina Medium Low
Fresh/frozen vegetables Medium Low

Table: Safe Food Options for African Cichlids 

Pellets are the most popular food option for African cichlids and provide a balanced diet. They are affordable, convenient, and come in a range of sizes and formulas.


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Frozen or live brine shrimp are an excellent source of protein and a favorite food of African cichlids.

Krill is similar to brine shrimp and is also a nutritious source of protein that can be fed frozen or live.

Bloodworms are another protein-rich food that can be purchased frozen or live. They are more expensive than brine shrimp or krill, but a little goes a long way.

Algae wafers or spirulina provide necessary fiber and nutrients to mimic their natural diet in the wild. They are affordable and come in various formulas.

Fresh or frozen vegetables such as spinach, peas, and cucumber are a low-cost option but may require extra preparation.