|Crude Protein||min. 37.0%|
|Crude Fat||min. 2.0%|
|Crude Fiber||max. 8.0%|
Wardley Shrimp Pellets Ingredients:
Shrimp Meal, Wheat Flour, Fish Protein Concentrate, Meat Meal, Soy Flour, Dried Beet Pulp, Poultry Meal, Dried Cultured Whey, Dried Brewer's Yeast, Wheat Germ Meal, Lignin Sulfonate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Sodium Ascorbate, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Activated Animal Sterol (Vitamin D3 Supplement), Magnesium Oxide, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Niacin Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
Wardley Shrimp Pellets Ingredients Analysis
The primary ingredient is Shrimp Meal. Shrimp meal can be made from either cull shrimp that are being processed before freezing or from whole shrimp that is not of suitable quality for human consumption. As a general statement, shrimp meal is a lower quality protein source than is fish meal, although it does possess color enhancing properties.
The third listed ingredient, fish protein extract, is manufactured from any type of fish or fishery waste. It is prepared from fish by extracting out the oil, screening or settling out the bones and drying. It is, in essence, condensed fish meal minus the bones.
This food contains two meal products that should never be found in fish food, Meat Meal and Poultry Meal. As a basic rule, fish foods should not contain mammalian or poultry flesh or by-products.
Meat meal is a generic term that can contain rendered meat by-products from dead and dying diseased animals, road kill, zoo animals, and even euthanized dogs and cats (the stuff we consider so wrong about dog food).
Poultry Meal is manufactured from the carcasses of poultry after all edible parts have been extracted for human consumption. It may contain beaks, bones, internal organs, unhatched eggs, and feathers.
Beet Pulp is an ingredient I would prefer not to see used in fish foods. While it is an excellent source of fiber and no studies exist that detail harmful effects to fish, it is known to cause swelling of the stomach and possibly plugging of the intestines in horses. In the fish world, this is called bloat and blockage. It is used in dog foods to manage stool texture. In the fish world, this can lead to blockage and subsequent bloat. So while no proof exists to either of these concerns, they remain concerns.
While Ethoxyquin is not listed as an ingredient, it can be safely assumed that some (or all) of the meal products utilized will contain Ethoxyquin (the ingredient list of some containers of this product include Ethoxyquin, some do not.) This product does not contain artificial colors or Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (synthetic vitamin K.)
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 0 Star (out of 6 stars)
The almost certain existence of Ethoxyquin, combined with low quality preferred protein sources and the inclusion of meal products that should not be used in fish foods, prevents this pellet food from even receiving a rating.
Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:
This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 (worst) to 6 (best) in an effort to judge quality based upon three simple criteria.
- Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
- Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
- A fully nutritious food to include necessary vitamins and minerals with natural sources of vitamins and minerals being preferred.
These basic concepts apply:
- Any food that utilizes Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT as preservatives, cannot rate higher than a 4 star food.
- Use of artificial colors prevents rating higher than a 4 star food.
- Any food that utilizes Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (Synthetic Vitamin K, aka K3) cannot rate higher than a 5 star food.
- Inclusion of the “Whole Fish”, or “Whole Krill” (in meal form or not) is preferred over fish meal or krill meal.
- In order to achieve a 5 or 6 star rating, the quality of the meal must be known.
- In order to achieve a 6 star rating, the “Whole Fish’ (or whole animal) must be used, either in meal form or in sufficient quantities outside of meal form.
- Inclusion of sufficient quantities of preferred plant proteins is a bonus with sufficient Spirulina content being a significant bonus.
- Use of prebiotics or probiotics is a bonus