TetraCichlid Floating Cichlid Sticks Ingredients:
Fish Meal, Wheat Germ Meal, Dried Yeast, Wheat Starch, Wheat Gluten, Potato Protein, Corn Flour, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Dried Whey Product, Algae Meal, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Monobasic Calcium Phosphate, Bentonite, Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Inositol, Niacin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, A-Tocopherol-Acetate, Riboflavin-5-Phosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin Palmitate, Menadione Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Beta Carotene, Ethoxyquin.
TetraCichlid Floating Cichlid Sticks Ingredients Analysis
The primary ingredient is fish meal. We have no way of measuring the quality of the meal being used but we know Tetra purchases imported fish meal in bulk on the open market, indicating its nutrient and protein content is questionable.
The next listed preferred protein source (Algae Meal) is listed 12th. Too far down the list to result in significant contribution to nutritional value and/or protein content.
Wheat is split into 3 separate products in addition to the use of Corn Flour. Combined, these non-preferred protein sources and fillers will likely result in a majority of the proteins provided in this food.
With only single probable low quality preferred protein source listed in the first 10 ingredients and only two preferred protein sources listed overall, it is safe to assume the preferred protein content of this food is less than desired.
Dried Yeast is assumed to be "Brewers Dried Yeast", a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient contains about 45% protein and is rich in Vitamin B. Its use in fish foods is as either as a protein source or a vitamin supplement. Studies do exist identifying its capacity to improve fish growth rates. When used as a supplement comprising between 2% and 4% of the food, this is an acceptable product. When used as a primary provider of protein comprising 25% or more of the food it is less acceptable as protein digestibility concerns have been documented. Its use in this food appears excessive.
Potato Protein is derived from de-starched potato juice from which the "proteinaceous fraction has been precipitated by thermal coagulation followed by dehydration" (a fancy way of saying "potato juice"). Its use in fish foods is as an inexpensive protein source.
This food contains at least two, and likely three, of the least desired ingredients in fish food. Ethoxyquin, “artificial colors”, and Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (synthetic vitamin K.)
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 1 Star
The existence of Ethoxyquin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite, and (assumed) artificial colors, in addition to the low preferred protein contents of the food, limited preferred plant protein content, as well as the questionable quality of the meals in use, prevents a rating any higher.
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