Protein -43%; Fat - 13%; Fiber - 4%; Moisture - 10%; Ash - 13%.
HBH Oscar Show Ingredients
Fish meal, krill meal, shrimp meal, soy flour, wheat flour, wheat starch, fish oil, squid meal, pea powder, wheat germ, spirulina powder, dehydrated alfalfa meal, brewers dried yeast, spinach powder, carrot powder, beet powder, red pepper powder, wheat gluten, soy lecithin, astaxanthin, citric acid, glucono-delta-lactone, natural mixed tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin c), vitamin a acetate, choline chloride, a-tocopheryl acetate (source of vitamin e), niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, pyridoxine hcl, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, d-activated animal sterol (source of vitamin d3), vitamin b12 supplement, zinc, proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, iron proteinate.
HBH Oscar Show 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 is unknown. As a result, the quality and subsequent nutritional values are questionable. Use of fish meal, instead of “whole fish meal” indicates the primary ingredients are fish processing leftovers (scales, skin, bones, blood, internal organs) deemed unsuitable for human consumption.
The next two ingredients are additional preferred proteins. Both Krill Meal and shrimp meal are excellent sources of Astaxanthin, a red color enhancing carotenoid. These two ingredients, combined with subsequent astaxanthin supplementation, ensure a food with color enhancing properties.
Wheat is split into four products. Once combined, it is possible that wheat may displace one of the top two ingredients as the primary component of the pellet. However, with eight total preferred proteins listed within the major components of the food, sufficient confidence exists in the preferred protein content of the food.
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 and 6 content. As the fourth rated ingredient, the beneficial effects or potential risks are magnified.
Preferred plant proteins are present in the form of pea powder, Spirulina powder, spinach powder, and carrot powder. As the 12th listed ingredient, use of Spirulina is appreciated although we would prefer this ingredient be higher in the list.
Brewers dried yeast is a waste product of the beer and ale industry. It is commonly added to fish feeds as a growth accelerator and source of vitamin B-complex. Studies do exist validating this use, although these studies do not account for long term use. Other studies exist indicating it can become toxic to the liver of some animals.
This food is preserved with “natural mixed tocopherols”, a preferred preservative. It is assumed this food does not contain artificial coloring agents. It does contain menadione sodium bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K.)
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 4 Star
Preferred protein content, including sufficient plant proteins, justifies a 4 star rating. Use of fish meal instead of whole fish, unknown quality of the fish meal, and inclusion menadione sodium bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K) prevent a higher rating. If the quality of the fish meal can be confirmed, this becomes a 5 star food.
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