Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central New York, USA
You just gotta read those ingredients on the labels!
Sadly, for many fish foods the main ingredient (listed first in the ingredient list) is fish meal. This is a problem. Why? Well many fish meals are made from pieces parts of fish not suitable for human consumption. This includes heads, bone, scales and such - it's often cannery waste products! Ground, dried and loaded with preservatives, it sits in a warehouse for who knows how long until ordered by a fish food manufacturer. Now because it's a dry powder (as opposed to a wet protein) copious amounts of starch is required as a binder/filler when making fish food. This is often grains like rice, wheat, gluten, etc.... So the fish food is made, more preservatives are added and it sits in another warehouse or on the pet stores shelf until purchased by the consumer.
Now bear in mind that fish in the wild don't normally eat grain products, so it passes through as excess waste!
High quality fish foods use [often fresh] whole fish with little binder filler.
I used to see contrails of poop from my fish, but years ago when I switched to higher quality foods, this stopped.....and less waste results in healthier fish and lower tank nitrates!
So read those labels and you decide. I prefer Omega One and Almost Natural. New Life Spectrum comes in 3rd as although they use 'whole fish', my fish excrete more waste when fed NLS.
Cost may certainly be an issue for some, especially with many tanks. Then again, it's like those commercials for dog food where the main ingredients are corn, wheat and or by products. What's best for the fish?!
Footnote: Like us, I tend to believe that a high quality diet pays huge dividends in the health and well being (not to mention breeding and life span) of our fish.
Tank On, Mike-
60g Marineland Community, Finnex Planted+ 24/7, Silica (pool filter) sand.
10g, 29g, & 37g fry grow out tanks, 110g stock tank.
What came first, the chicken or the egg. It was the egg, but not the egg from a chicken.
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