TetraMin vs TetraColor – Which is Best?

When you purchase food for your fish or any other pet, you always want to purchase the best. All tropical freshwater fish need a balanced diet, which includes making sure you are rotating their food choices each day. We don’t like to eat the exact same thing every day, and neither do our fish.

You will want to do some research. Ask the pet store, friends, family, or even co-workers. You can also find reviews and opinions online for all the different products. Research your species of fish first, to see what is the best or recommended. 

So, which is better; TetraMin or TetraColor? The TetraMin is formulated with vitamins, biotin, and Omega-3 fatty acids. These are designed to strengthen your fish’s immune system. TetraColor promotes beautiful color but also has vitamin C and is enhanced with ProCare, which is health-enhancing.

Both have their advantages and depending on the brand, they will have very similar ingredients. Both options are great for your tropical fish so it comes down to which brand and what style you prefer.

Tetra brand is what products we are going to focus on today, but there are many other companies out there that have very comparable products.

Tetra is one of the biggest companies in the world. Founded in 1951 in Germany, they produce a large array of products for your fish and aquarium. They pride themselves on their vast number and quality of their products.

TetraMin and TetraColor being 2 of them. We are going to give you all the information for each product, including the different styles (flakes, pellets, etc.). You will then be able to decide which is best, TetraMin or TetraColor.

TetraMin Fish Food

This particular product from Tetra is available in tropical fish flakes, 3-in-1 Select-a-food, granules, XL tropical flakes, and tablets. There is also TetraMin Plus. With so many varieties, you can not go wrong.

The TetraMin Tropical Flakes provide a complete diet, helps keep your water clean and clear, and you have less waste. Easy digestion and flakes that do not leach color are only 2 reasons that your water will stay clean and clear. 

All of which maintain your fish’s metabolism, provide energy and growth and help support their immune system. The TetraMin XL Tropical Flakes also feature color enhancers, said to bring out the bright colors of your fish.

Two of the chambers contain TetraMin Flake, one chamber houses Baby Shrimp treats, and the final chamber holds TetraMin Granules. TetraMin 3-in-1 offers a healthy variety, something different for each day, with all the same vitamins and nutrients as the other TetraMin products. 

Tetra fish love brine shrimp as a special treat, so this would be a great choice for your tropical fish. 

The Tropical Granules provide optimum nutrition for your fish with the boost of vitamin C. You can feed your fish 1-3 times a day, but not more than they can eat in 2 minutes.

The Tropical Tablets have the same ingredients and benefits as all of the other Tetra TetraMin products. 

TetraColor Fish Food

Just like the TetraMin, TetraColor has a variety of styles of fish food. They too have flakes, granules, and tablets. The TetraColor is a natural color-enhancing formula for any tropical fish in your freshwater aquarium.

You can feed your fish the TetraColor, daily or you can rotate it with Spirulina food and treats. TetraColor Tropical Flakes are made for mid-level and top feeder fish. It has a boost of Vitamin C and all the same ingredients and health benefits of TetraMin.

Available in a variety of sizes for your convenience; 0.42 ounces, 1 ounce, 2.2 ounces, 2.82 ounces, and 7.06 ounces. 

TetraColor also has the XL color granules and Plus Tropical Flakes. The TetraColor XL granules can be fed to bigger fish like Discus and Angelfish. Specifically made for mid-water and bottom feeders, they are slowly sinking.

The TetraColor Plus Tropical Flakes gives you the clear and clean water advantage, the same color enhancing ingredients as the original TetraColor Flakes, and extra color enhancing properties that bring out the orange-red colors of your tropical fish. 

As I stated, the products listed above are from the Tetra brand, but there are many other brands on the market that are just as reputable and dependable and have very similar products to choose from.

Some hobbyists and aquarists love a certain brand, and others don’t really have a preference. Some fish like one brand better than another. It is all trial and error and your personal preference on what brand and what style you choose to feed your fish. 

Types of Tetras Fish

TetraMin and TetraColor can be fed to other tropical fish, but are made for the Tetra fish. There are 150 different species in the Tetra family; Black Skirt, Neon, Green Neon, Congo, Bloodfin, and Rummy Nose are just a few. Tetras are beautifully colored fish who love low light areas to hide and a habitat that is densely planted. 

The Tetra prefer to be in schools, so you want to have a minimum of 6 Tetras in your tank together. This keeps them healthy, happy and reduces stress because they are not alone.

Their main prey, when they are in their natural habitat, consists of algae, plankton, and brine shrimp. A Tetras lifespan is 2-5 years if they are properly cared for.

Tetras prefer Tropical Flakes, Color Flakes, Tropical Granules, and Shrimp Pellets. So all of the TetraColor and TetraMin that we mentioned above are prime options for your freshwater tropical fish.

Make sure to rotate their diet, so they have a variety each day or every couple of days. Only feed them what they can eat in 2 minutes.

This helps keep the waste in the aquarium down and it helps to keep the water clean and clear. As a treat, you can feed them frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, or tubifex worms. Only do this once a week. 


There is a large variety of different brand name fish foods on the market, for our tetra and other freshwater fish. You have Tetra, Hikari, Fluval, and Aqueon just to name a few.

They are all reputable and dependable brands of fish food. They will provide your Tetra, and other fish, with all of the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that your fish need. So, with that said, you have a couple of questions to ask yourself and review:

  1. What brand of fish food do you prefer
  2. TetraMin or TetraColor

Compare the ingredients and benefits for some of the brands. You will find that they are all extremely similar in their ingredients and the benefits that they offer your tropical fish.

As for TetraMin and TetraColor, one is not better than the other. They are made by the same company, made basically the same, and are both extremely beneficial to your fish.

So again, it is going to come down to what you choose to feed your fish. All the styles mentioned in this article provide all of the nutrients that your Tetra (or other fish0 need. You can always buy both and rotate them each day. The best of both worlds. 

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