Min. Crude Protein (35%), Min. Crude Fat (10%), Max. Crude Fibre (2%), Max. Moisture (8.5%), Max. Ash (8%), Min. Phosphorus (.5%), Min. Omega 3 (1%), Min. Omega 6 (.5%).
Omega One Large Cichlid Pellets Ingredients:
Whole Salmon, Whole Herring, Whole Shrimp, Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Fresh Kelp, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Natural and Artificial Colors, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Tocopherol (Preservative), Ethoxyquin (Preservative).
Omega One Large Cichlid Pellets Ingredients Analysis
The first three ingredients are “Whole Fish” listed at their wet weight. The product must be dried before it can be turned into a pellet and the dried product is actually a "meal". So what winds up in the food is actually "Whole Salmon Meal". The problem is that ingredients are listed by order of weight. The act of drying the product results in it weighing about 80% less than the wet product, yet its weight value (as it applies to ingredient order) will be the wet weight. In addition, you must be aware that the weight value may also include the weight of the ice the "whole fish" is packed in. So if "Whole Salmon" is listed as the primary ingredient and a binding agent (wheat product) is listed next, the ingredient list is not accurate. In reality, the meat product (Whole Salmon) should be much farther down the list. Requests to Omega Sea as to the actual percentage of wheat found in their foods have been unanswered, an indication the wheat content exceeds the less than 20% "ideal" ratio and possibly even the more generous 30% ratio allowed for herbivores and omnivores.
In this instance, the first three ingredients are whole animals listed at their wet weight followed by wheat split into two different products (wheat flour and wheat gluten). Combined, these may very well be the primary ingredient. But with three preferred aquatic meat sources, sufficient confidence does exist in the preferred protein content of the food.
Use of “Whole Salmon” indentifies the entirety of the fish is used, not just the processing leftovers as may be found in “fish meal” or “salmon meal”. Use of the whole animal significantly improves the nutritional value of the food and indicates a potentialy level of freshness that may not be found in generic fish meals. Salmon, specifically, is high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids as well as Astaxanthin, a red color enhancing carotenoid and powerful antioxidant. Per communications with Omega One, the Whole Salmon utilized in Omega One products is wild caught salmon, which minimizes contamination concerns as they exist with farmed salmon.
Whole Shrimp is a higher quality ingredient than is Shrimp meal, although the preference here would be for Whole Krill.
Use of fresh kelp is appreciated, providing a good source of iodine for thyroid function, chlorophyll, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Copper, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese. Kelp is a very good natural source of Vitamin K. Although kelp listed higher in the ingredient order would be desired.
While this food does not contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K), it contains both Ethoxyquin and artificial colors. Tocopherol is an acceptable preservative.
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 3 Stars
This is a 5 star food being twice penalized for use of Ethoxyquin and (especially) artificial colors. The quality ingredients utilized certainly justify a borderline 5 star rating. Concerns with actual preferred protein to wheat ratio and minimal use of preferred plant ingredients, combined with use of Ethoxyquin and artificial colors, prevent rating any higher.
Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:
This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 star (worse) to 6 star (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