November 20, 2018

Live Fish Food Goes High-End

Though retailers are carrying fewer freshwater live food offerings, the category has grown on the saltwater side.

Once a staple of the aquarium hobby, live foods have been increasingly pushed out of their traditional niche in recent years in favor of new frozen and freeze-dried offerings. However, with growing interest in reef setups and difficult-to-keep species, live copepod cultures have grabbed market share and expanded options for retailers.

“[Live foods] are not as popular as they could be,” said Travis Cooper, manager at The Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland, Ore. “People do still try it for certain kinds