Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central New York, USA
I feed a 'special blend' of high quality flake foods in conjunction with live foods...(daphnia, micro worms, grindal worms, white worms and soon perhaps scuds). The most important thing (as mentioned) is the ingredient list. Some fish foods are made using lower quality fish meal with copious amounts of grain/grain starch as binder/filler. Fish don't handle grains (carbs) well so in addition to less nutritious, it passes through as excess waste that pollutes the water.
Fish meal is non-descript and can be post processing waste (heads, skin, bone), loaded with preservatives, ground, dried, and stored in a warehouse for who knows how long until ordered/shipped to a fish food mfg.
The best foods will be made with fresh (or frozen) [whole] fish, or WHOLE fish meals.
Ingredients are listed in order by weight. I read a while back that foods that list fresh fish may also include the ice it's packed in! When processed into flake or pellet, it could actually be much lower in the ingredient list. The article suggested that the best fish foods may list whole fish meal as the first ingredient. Some manufacturers have switched to whole fish meal while labeling may still just indicate 'fish meal'...confusing I know.
Read the label for ingredients. Buyer beware.
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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