8) Agree w/ above. A staple pellet plus various treats will make for a comprehensive diet. My pellet of choice is a bit pricier than most but the fish love it so I spend the xtra money. http://www.dainichi.com/cichlid_food.html . I also feed live worms & crickets, freezedried krill, algae wafers & frozen bloodworms & shrimp. Ocassional blanched peas are tossed in for good measure. 'T'