Welcome to DRP Aquatics

We have some exceptionally high quality fish foods for Tropical and Marine fish that provide high growth rates and superior health benefits to your fish

It is being rolled out Australia wide via retail stores to make it available to every hobbyist that want to use this great product. Just ask your retail store to stock it for you.

Read all about the food, how it was discovered and tested and eventually brought to the Australian tropical aquariums market by a hobbyist for hobbyists

DRP Aquatics is now open for shop front retail application. Contact us via drpfishfood@gmail.com if interested.

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The Best Food for Growing and Maintaining Fish Health in Tropical and Marine Fish.

Food description and information

DRP 1 Aquatic Growth Formula

This food is one of two in the range that are the flagship foods of the DRP food range. What makes this food very significant is that it can be crushed between your fingers to a size that is between 30 - 80 microns which means that one day old fry can actually start eating this food. It makes it one of a kind as no other food can be crushed between the fingers to give this texture and fine form for young fish to eat with ease. The food is very well absorbed by the fry leaving very little waste. Caution should be taken not to over feed. Food that is not eaten will start to decay in the tank.

This food can be fed to all types of fry and juvenile fish, from surface feeders to mid water and bottom feeders in the Marine and Tropical fish species.

Application of the food to keep it floating is to just sprinkle it softly on the water surface. It will stay afloat for a few minutes for surface feeders. The food will eventually start to sink slowly and mid water feeders will scoop it up. The parts that land at the bottom can be eaten by bottom feeders

DRP 2 Aquatic Growth Formula

Same as DRP 1 but just slightly bigger at 0.9 - 1.8 mm in size. This food can also be crushed exactly the same way as DRP1. It has the exact same ingredients and is slightly bigger to allow feeding larger fry and juvenile fish up to adulthood. This food can be fed to all types of fish, Tropical and Marine species, especially if in a growth phase.

This food can also be applied to feed most fish species from floating feeders, mid water feeders to bottom feeders. Application of the food to keep it floating is just to sprinkle it softly on the water surface. It will stay afloat for a few minutes for the surface feeders to feed and when it starts to sink the mid water feeders will get their turn leaving the bits that reach the bottom to the bottom feeders.

DRP 3 Aquatic Growth Formula

A slightly larger and more rigid pellet at 1.3mm in size that can be fed to most fish, Tropical and Marine, between 6cm up to12 cm in size. This food is slightly lower in protein than the DRP1 and 2 but still has a lot of good ingredients for growth stimulation. This food does not foul the tank but be careful not to over feed your fish. Feed only as much as fish will consume in 3 - 5 minutes. This is very popular for Discus, Angels and fish around 7 to 15 cm in size. A very good guide for selecting food size is to select a pellet size that is around 20-30% the size of the fishes mouth. Equally important is a food that will absorb moisture quickly and that is soft and palatable so that fish can easily break the food down when feeding into small enough bits that can be easily swallowed.

DRP 4 Aquatic Growth Formula

A larger pellet at 2.3mm in size that can be fed to most fish, Tropical and Marine, between 6cm up to12 cm in size. This food is the same as the DRP3 formula and also slightly lower in protein than the DRP1 and 2 but still has a lot of good ingredients for growth stimulation. This food does not foul the tank but be careful not to over feed your fish. Feed only as much as fish will consume in 3 - 5 minutes.

DRP 5 Aquatic Growth Formula

This is the largest pellet in the DRP food range at 4.1 mm in size. Very suitable for pleco's and L-Numbers./ This food is also very well absorbed and pleco's just love it so much that they leave other foods to take the DRP5 pellets. The high protein content in this food range does not lead to bloat as is the normal thought with foods containing high protein content. The reasoning behind this is that the fiber content in the food increase in ratio as the food moves through the fishes intestines therefore making it less likely to cause constipation or as we know it, bloat. This has been proven by feeding L 270's and L 134 pleco's for more than 8 months exclusively on the DRP range of foods, not only the DRP 5 but the 1,2,3, and 4.

DRP Detox for Chlorine Neutralisation

DRP Detox is a chlorine neutralizer that will neutralize free chlorine and chloramine. It will also bind heavy metals than may come into your aquarium via water changes. The use of this product is very easy and the dose rate is based on the concentration of chlorine in the water being used. Just follow the table on the packet for guidance. If ever in doubt you can double or triple dose the product however it is not necessary if you can test and know what you're dealing with.

Video of DRP 5 fish food vs famous wafer brand. Press play bottom right


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Nemo also eats this food and he loves it to bits


After hearing so many positive reviews on the DRP food, I wanted to give it a try. And I must say, I'm very content. Before I learned to check fish food ingredients, I would just buy heaps of different fish food... as I was aiming for a variety for my fish. One of the foods I bought was Tetras cory wafers and the pleco wafers. Just knowing Tetra was a huge name, I thought I was guaranteed a good product. Wow. They are absolute garbage. Fish wouldn't flock to it, and even left the wafers behind to rot. About 2 weeks later I read the ingredients. First ingredient is wheat gluten, as if that's natural. I wasted a bit of money on some horrible fish foods... but I'm glad to have gotten DRP Food. I'm stoked to support a local business too. One that doesn't have bs or fillers. I'm also excited to see my fish devour the pellets, esp a few underweight cories I have. I really feel that I'll be able to bulk them up with this food and get then growing better.''

Kyle Becker

A Marine Fish Review

Thankyou for your samples packs of all sizes. Considering I have some 25cm+ tangs but also some smaller Kole tang, Tomini I was quite happy with the size selection. Fish seemed to eat it straight away which is a good thing, sometimes it takes a few days when trying new food to get them to like it. I tried 3 4 and 5 size and all got eaten. Really liked the sink rate which gave all fish a chance to feed before hitting bottom. This is really important in a reef tank as less food gets lost in amongst coral. Next time I purchase food will 100% be giving this a go. Also like the idea of larger bags, my current pellet food largest size is 400 gram. Thank you.

Chris Heidenreich

From Guppy's Aquarium Products

 I would recommend DRP food for the simple reason that all fish that I have offered it to have eaten it  straight away and shown great colour and condition. Marine fish that are picky feeders will eat it and come back for more!

Gary Parker

I’ve only been using it a few weeks, I’m breeding apistos. So far I’ve noticed already my adult breeders increasing in size & looking healthier. And my fry that vary from a few days to 8 weeks old are all taking it readily. I’m going to use this food & bbs and that’s pretty much it from now on. Thanks Johan."

Adam Van Klaveren

I have switched to DRP3 from always using Hikari, I find my fish love this food more than anything else I have used over the past. When starting to use this food I took a photo of my fish to see if there was any difference. I have noticed my fish have grown so much more and their colours have popped more so than ever. This is a must-have product don't let your fish have anything else but DRP.

Jason Harman 21/08/2021

Very happy with how all my fish are greedily gobbling up the DRP food. I haven’t feed any live or frozen foods for a week and I’ve noticed good growth and coloration in the fish, especially the Apistogramma and Rams. I was feeding Vibrabites before. One of the Rams looked fairly scrawny before but he’s filled out nicely now. If this is anything to go by in a week, I can only recommend the DRP foods to other aquarists and breeders out there. Well done Johan! The DRP is just awesome so far."

Andre Kiesswetter

From the DRP facebook page

I know it's not Discus, Rams & Pleco's but I'd really like too give my feedback after transfering my fancy goldfish over too DRP4 a month ago I'm so happy I did there growth is amazing plus this morning I hand spawned my first Oranda this morning it was her first time spawning and amazed at how many eggs she has produced, I've had comet fry using DRP1 since birth their a week old and haven't lost a fry yet, I was shutting down due to having no success in spawning my goldfish but now after using DRP foods for my goldfish I'm definitely going to continue so thank you.

Deniel Carter

See the small size that the food is cruched to between your fingers on the micron ruler

The DRP Tropical and Marine Fish Food Brand

The story behind this food, how it was discovered and eventually came to market

As a passionate hobbyist that has bred and raised Discus fish, Rams, Apistogramma Cacatoides, Sealpoint and Pinoi Angels etc, it has become a dream of mine to find a super food. One that you can feed with confidence and with the knowledge that it will not cause harm to your fish. To my surprise I found such a food and after my trials I decided to start sharing my success with my Facebook group as I always have done with my hobby. The methods of feeding, how to feed this food to fry, different ways I discovered to apply it that has made the application so easy and clean. No more messy grinders, mortar and pestle's or struggles in hatching and breeding live cultures if you don't like the idea of keeping cultures. I still do cultures as I like the way the baby fish chase the food around. This food is so versatile that you only need the DRP 1 for one day old fry up to 3 month old fish.

A super food with no preservatives, no colorant and no hormones. A food that is safe for all fish, tropical and marine. It is used in the raising of food fish for human consumption around the world and due to this none of the unwanted preservatives and substances are allowed to be used in this food.

This food is suitable for Tropical and Marine fish types in the everyday aquarium keepers fish tanks.

With my Ram breeding project, I completely stopped feeding frozen foods all together to prevent any chance of disease infestation to my rams. After months of research and tests I was proud to launch my DRP Aquatic Growth Formula that I discovered in my searches of a dry diet.

This food is not readily available in the fish keeping hobby and hence the reason for the marketing of this super food so that all can benefit from its use. Many people on my Facebook site, Discus, Rams and Pleco's are aware of my journey and experimentation in raising my German Blue Rams and Apistogramma Cacatuoides from free swimming to successfully breeding in just 3 months using this food. The food was applied from the free-swimming stage to 3 months of age. I still use micro worm, vinegar eel and freshly hatched brine shrimps in the first two weeks as an additional supplement and started weening the fry after two weeks to exclusively feed only on the DRP 1 Aquatic Growth Formula.

I also experimented on raising Angel fish fry where I fed them from day 1 of free swimming without supplementing with brine shrimp and micro worm to see if this food is capable to raise the babies from day 1 onward. I only used the DRP1 finely crushed between the fingers and the babies grew really well from the first day of free swimming and they looked very healthy.

Due to my success with this food in raising three batches of Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi, one batch of Apistogramma Cacatuoides and some Angel fish fry I have decided to market this food and share it with the breeders and fish lovers that are always searching for easier ways to raise their newly hatched fry. This is in support of the hobby to help and support all breeders, new and old and to give something back to the hobby for others to be successful as well. This food is very well prices and very competitive to well-known brands in the market. You will find that it lasts longer due to it being rich in protein and therefor requiring less food to achieve the enhanced growth and health that is targeted.

There are many foods out there and many of them are good. The difference though is that the DRP1 and 2 Aquatic Growth Formula can be effortlessly crushed between your fingers to a size smaller than freshly hatched brine shrimp (30 - 80 micron). No other dry food gives you this feature in these times. It also contains much more proteins and fats than the everyday mixes. It is super rich in krill which is what makes it so good and desired by all fish types, Tropical and Marine, and it is this feature that provides the natural super growth rate without any other supplements but the vitamins and minerals that are in the food.

The food has been priced to be really affordable to the everyday hobbyists with the goal to be available to all that want to use it. For the quality that this food brings to your fish it is very affordable and outcompetes most other brands when it comes to price per gram for the protein content and health benefits it offers.

Another great benefit is that the food is very well absorbed. This means less waste is generated by your fish, especially gold fish and pleco's. The good absorption rate ensures that the ratio of fiber to unabsorbed food is high when the residual food passes through the intestines therefore ensuring that the fish do not get constipated and subsequently bloated.

The lower the amount of undigested food passing through the fish the lower the chances are to generate more ammonia from the breakdown of the faces in the tank substrate.

The food is supplied in 4 pack sizes, 250 gram, 500 gram, 750 gram and 1000 gram.

Once you have used this food and seen the reaction of your fish as well as the growth rate and health benefits you get you will be presently surprised.

The DRP food range has only been in the market since January 2021 and so far we have only received positive reviews on my Facebook group.

We still need to meet the fish that does not eat this food.

If they don't eat it something must be wrong and needs to be investigated.

The ingredients of fish food

Fish food consists of different ingredients that is supposed to make up a balanced diet for the species of fish being fed. There are various protein type coming into play in fish diets. These proteins come from Marine animals, (Most popular protein source), Land animals and plant material that is sourced either in the Ocean, like kelp, or on land. Each of these proteins have different make up of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids.
The idea is to feed your fish the food that bests delivers these Omega 3's to them. Other ingredients like fats, carbohydrates and minerals also play an important role in fish diets and growth rates. The difference lies in the following: Are you breeding fish and want fast growths and healthy fish or are you just keeping fish for ornamental purposes? This has an effect on the type of food you choose. High protein with high fat food for growth or lower protein and fat containing food for adult fish. One needs to remember here that most of the high branded fish foods contain higher levels of protein and fat. Proteins are the one main substance that makes fish food expensive depending on how much it contains.

Also very importantly is how this food will effect the fishes metabolism. Will it get bloat and become constipated. A fish food that is well absorbed should not result in bloat. Food high in carbohydrates cause bloat

The DRP fish food range is made for the promotion of growth and heath of fish. It is also used to feed adult fish and maintain their heath and energy needs. The DRP food is very well absorbed and fish generally produce less wasted if fed on this food. This is one of the reasons that this food is so popular in the world of Aquaculture. It is safe, efficient and delivers results.

I have attached a paper for the review of Fish Food Ingredients. This is by no means the only information out there but is a great start to understand the reason for adding the different amounts of proteins, fats, fibres, minerals and vitamins that is added in fish foods.

An easy way to evaluate fish food

Have you ever wondered how good a particular fish food is for your fish?

Here is an easy way to have a look at it based on the information on the packet. By law the ngredients and the assay of the food must be published on the packet.  Info regarding this can be found on publication FA159 (University of Florida). 
Link - https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publication/FA159

Two examples tabled

You will agree that the
total ingredient analyses must total 100% yes.

Example 1

% Crude Analyses

Protien - 51%

Fat - 14%

Fibre - 3.5

ASH (Minerals) - 15%

Moisture - 6.5

100% – (all above, 90%) = 10%

Example 2

% Crude Analyses

Protien - 40

Fat - 5%

Fibre - 5%

ASH (Minerals) - 9

Moisture - 6

100% – (all above, 68%) = 32%

 From the table above
you can see that Ex1 contains 10% Carbs and other ingredients called fillers
and Ex2 contains 32%.  Which is the better-quality
food – The one with the lowest percentage Carbohydrates provide the better
value for money and health with least number of fillers. You can’t have zero
fillers as you do need some form of binders for the foods.

How does health come
into this? A few pointers you can research - The larger the % of Carbohydrates
the higher the chances for digestive issues. 10% versus 32%, higher % indicate
more fillers/Carbs or zero value ingredients as I call them. Protein is highly
digestible. Fibres are fillers, and too much reduces food quality ingredients
which are really the total Protein + Fat content.

Good quality food has
at least 55% or slightly more (Protein + Fat) vs rest of food content but you
also want very low Carbs. Rest of food mix being 45% or less and Carbs being
less than 20%. (Protein + Fat + Fibre + Ash + Moisture + Minerals – 100 =
Carbs/Fillers).  Feeding only high
protein is not good and a balance must be created by feeding a variety of foods
for sustaining your normal fish. To much Protein over time for adult fish will
fatten the fish’s liver and can lead to issues later in life. Can also
contaminate your tank resulting in ammonia. For juvenile fish growth you need
to feed high protein + fat-based food for the first 3-4 months.

The Breeders secrets:      

1. High Protein feeds with a good Fat proportion

 2. Frequent water changes

The Biggest cause of
issues is People over feeding fish.

  • Food sizes

  • Marine fish love this DRP Food

Food sizes

Marine fish love this DRP Food