|Crude Protein||min. 40%||Vitamin A||min. 8000 IU/lb|
|Crude Fat||min. 5%||Vitamin D||min. 800 IU/lb|
|Crude Fiber||min. 4%||Vitamin E||min. 100 IU/lb|
|Moisture||max. 8%||Ascorbic Acid
|min. 200 mg/lb|
|Choline||min. 500 mg/lb||Inositol||min. 100 mg/lb|
OSI Blood Red Parrot Pellets Ingredients
Fish meal, wheat flour, brine shrimp, shrimp meal, spirulina, fish protein concentrates, Torula dried yeast, carotene, fish oil, natural and artificial colors, lecithin, vitamin A palmitate, DL-a-tocopherol acetate, D-activated animal sterol, thiamin mononitrate, choline chloride, L-ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate, calcium d-pantothenate, inositol, niacinamide, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, ethoxyquin (as an antioxidant).
OSI Blood Red Parrot Pellets Ingredients Analysis
The primary ingredient is fish meal. We have no way of measuring the quality and nutritional value of the meal being used as the source OSI uses for fish meal is unknown. As a result, the quality, subsequent nutritional value, and protein content, are questionable.
Brine Shrimp appears to be listed at its wet weight. Once it is dried, as it must be to create a flake food, it should likely be located further down the list. However, with the pratice of how Brine Shrimp is utilized in the industry (in a dry form, weight form, or both), we'll give the benefit of the doubt and assume it's listed at its dry weight.
Spirulina is sometimes called "The Most Nutritious Food on the Planet". Rich in raw protein and seven major vitamins: A1, B1, B2, B6, B12 (one of the best natural sources for B12, although the bioavailability of its B12 is in dispute by many researchers), C and E. It naturally contains beta-carotene, color enhancing pigments, and a whole range of minerals. In addition, Spirulina has 62% amino acid content and contains all essential fatty acids and eight amino acids required for complete nutrition. It is easily digested due to the fact that Spirulina cells do not have cellulose walls. Spirulina is only available in a dry form, so regardless of how it is listed on the ingredient label (spirulina meal, dried spirulina, or spirulina), it's ordering in the ingredient list should be accurate.
As a general statement, shrimp meal is a lower quality protein source than is fish meal.
There are four preferred proteins listed in the first 10 ingredients. However, the inclusion of Fish Protein Concentrate may be an indicator of a poor quality fish meal. Confidence in the overall digestible protein content of this food is marginal.
Fish oil can be either a beneficial ingredient or a hazardous one. Human grade fish oil collected from specific specifies of fish and screened for mercury will provide necessary omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids as well as protein. Non-human grade fish oil may not be screened for mercury and originate from fish with reduced omega 3 content.
This flake food contains each of the three least desired ingredients in fish food. Ethoxyquin, “artificial colors”, and Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (synthetic vitamin K.)
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 2 Star
Based up preferred protein content, this could be a 3 star food. However, use of Ethoxyquin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite, and artificial colors, combined with the unknown quality of the primary meals products, prevents it from being rated higher than a 2 star food.
Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:
This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients 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