Cool Mysis and Cool Green are two flake foods from Brine Shrimp Direct that are some of the highest quality prepared foods we’ve ever had the pleasure of offering our fish. Many reef aquarists scoff at the idea of feeding their fish with anything but frozen food or pellets but that’s because the quality of mass produced flake food is a shadow of what it once was, and it’s been like that for many decades.
We’ve been searching the aquarium world for better flake foods than we can find in (most) aquarium stores, because there’s nothing appetizing about most brands of flake foods that are very crumbly, produced by the ton, packaged and handled in such a way that results in a significant amount of the flake food reduced to dust at the bottom of the food container. It’s for this reason that we’ve looked to alternative sources and producers for higher quality flake foods that are made in small batches, prepared at a low temperature, and packed by hand to reduce flake food dust.
The Cool Mysis and Cool Green flakes by Brine Shrimp Direct matches all of these criteria with the added benefit of being shockingly less expensive than what is widely available from the popular brands. For example, Piscine Energetics PE Mysis Flakes is probably one of the best flake foods you can find at your local fish store or from online retailers, but while a one pound bucket will set you back around $65 or more, a 1lb container of Cool Green or Cool Mysis is a fraction of the price at just twelve dollars!
The price disparity is even worse for smaller quantities where Cool Mysis & Cool Green might set you back $0.75 per ounce and other big name brands are ten times more at $6 to $7 per ounce. Our keen interest in the flake foods from Brine Shrimp Direct is not even motivated by the massive savings – the flakes themselves are prepared with ‘cool cooking technology’ resulting in very large, crispy flakes that will entice and nourish your fish.
While we can’t confirm that cool flakes are packed by hand, the near total absence of flake food dust at the bottom of the clear containers means we’ll be able to feed every last bit to our precious aquarium fish. Everyday aquarists have probably never heard of Brine Shrimp Direct but they’ve been supplying quality fish foods for a wide variety of applications so it’s no surprise that the high quality Cool fish food flakes is part of their product catalog.