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New Life Spectrum Jumbo Fish Formula Floating Pellets Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 4 Star Foods

Note: The ingredient list for this formula is still being hashed out. There is apparently a different between pellet sizes up to 4.5 and the 7.5mm pellet. In the 7.5mm pellet, "Whole fish" has been dropped as the second ingredient. I will update this review once I complete the analysis and confirm Ingredients for the variouis sizes of "FLOAT" pellets.

NLS Jumbo Fish Formula

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 35.0% min.
Crude Fat 5.0% min.
Crude Fiber 6.0% max.
Moisture 10.0% max.
Ash 9.0% max.

 

New Life Spectrum 4.5 mm Jumbo Fish Formula Floating Pellets Ingredients:

 Whole Antarctic Krill Meal, Whole Herring Meal, Whole Wheat Flour, Algae Meal, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, Garlic, Vegetable and Fruit Extract, Ginseng, Vitamin A Acetate, DL Alphatocopherol (E), D-Activated Animal-Sterol (D3), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorby-2-Polyphosphate (Stable C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate and Ferrous Sulfate.

New Life Spectrum Jumbo Fish Formula Floating Pellets Ingredients Analysis

The first two ingredients are “Whole Animal” preferred proteins listed at their dry weights so their ordering in the ingredient list is accurate. Use of the “Whole Animal” indicates a higher quality product as the entirety of the animal is used in manufacturing, not just leftovers after the good parts are processed for other uses.

As a primary ingredient, Whole Antarctic Krill Meal is as good as it gets, ensuring a food that will enhance red coloration. Whole Herring meal is an excellent selection for this food. While it does not contain the color enhancing properties of “Whole Salmon Meal”, it is higher in Omega 3’s and the extra color enhancing properties are not needed with Antarctic Krill Meal as the primary ingredient.

Algae Meal is a dried product manufactured from blue-green algae. While Spirulina Algae Meal would be preferred over standard Algae Meal, Algae Meal remains a quality ingredient containing amino acids, vitamins, and trace elements. It boost the immune system, increases energy levels, and improves general health. The Chlorophyll and phytochemical content results in an effective antioxidant to prevent cell damage and aid detoxification in the body.  Algae Meal is low in fat and high in fiber.

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.

Aside from the outstanding list of primary ingredients, what sets this food apart from others is use of the Vegetable and Fruit Extract, an excellent source of natural vitamins and minerals.

The remaining listed ingredients are acceptable vitamin and mineral supplements.

This food does not utilize Menadione Sodium Bisfulfite (synthetic vitamin K) or artificial colors. Unlike other NLS foods, this food does not list Ethoxyquin as a preservative. However, NLS’s public statements defending their use Ethoxyquin, declaring their support for this preservative, prevents us from declaring this food Ethoxyquin free. Attempts to seek clarification from NLS have thus far been unanswered.

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 4.5 Stars

The high quality of preferred ingredients in this food would easily justify rating this as a 6 star food. However, the potential use of Ethoxyquin prevents rating it above a 4 star food. A shame as this is perhaps the best list of ingredients and preferred proteins available. The combination of high quality whole animal protein and preferred plant products, as a natural source of vitamins and minerals, would otherwise rank this food as premium. It seems an injustice to rate this as a 4 star food but until the Ethoxyquin question is answered, it cannot be rated 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.

  1. Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
  2. Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
  3. 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

Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by kmuda #62347
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Hey.... If anyone happens to be in a Fish Store in the coming weeks please do me a favor. If they carry the NLS FLOAT Koi 7.5mm pellet, would you please get me a photo of the ingredients label?
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by kmuda #62229
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jaws7777 wrote:
What actually changed ?

The "change", at least recently, was nothing. Nothing "changed" recently. However, at some point in the past, within the last two years the formulas for two products (Finicky Fish Formula and FLOAT 7.5mm Jumbo Fish Formula) had Whole Herring Meal or "Whole Fish Meal" removed from their ingredients. In addition, two other "New Products", Ich Shield and Hex Shield, utilize the same base "no fish" formula. These changes apparently passed largely unnoticed by the community.

The remaining question pertains to the absence of any type of fish meal and its affect on the amount of Wheat in the formulas. Did use of wheat increase with the removal of fish meal? As stated in another thread on another site, speaking specifically about the 7.5mm FLOAT pellet, comparing labels between FLOAT that did contain Whole Herring Meal and FLOAT that does not, the protein content of the food only declined by a single percentage point while fiber increased by a single point. The new recipe also contains Seaweed, Kelp, Alfalfa, and and Mollusk, which are not listed in the prior ingredient label. All of which contribute to the "Minimum Protein" published on the label. "Ash" remains unchanged, which is a bit of a head scratcher to me. You would think that with the removal of Herring meal the ash number would decrease or increase. From what I understand, Krill Meal contains about 15% Ash and Herring Meal about 9% ash. If herring was removed and the content of Krill increased, you would think the Ash content would increase. However, since Whole Wheat has such a low Ash content (between 0.5% and 1.5%), increasing Wheat content in conjunction with increasing Krill content would compensate for increased Ash resulting from replacing a percentage of the Herring Meal with Krill Meal. But then again, since it's a "Max" number, any actual increase or decrease may not be represented. And I have not considered the effects of "Seaweed, Kelp, Alfalfa, and and Mollusk" on the Ash content.

What does potentially justify the concept that the removal of "Whole Herring Meal" was not accompanied by an increase in wheat is that an increased quantity of krill, along with the added proteins provided by Seaweed, Kelp, Alfalfa, and Mollusk, could conceivably account for the near identical protein numbers of the prior formula. Herring Meal has a protein content of about 73% while Antarctic krill meal has a protein content of 58% to 65%. For the overall protein numbers to stay relatively the same, after the removal of Herrring (or whole fish), something has to account for the additional protein. Some of that surely comes from the addition of Seaweed (9% to 25% protein), Kelp (14% protein), Alfalfa (17%), and and Mollusk (72% Protein), but as the 5th, 6th, 9th, and 10th listed ingredients, their affects on the overall protein numbers will only be marginal. To maintain 34% protein, more Krill has to be utilized in the formula.

But more Krill should mean more Ash. So I am still trying to decipher that one.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by bloodmourn #62213
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jaws7777 wrote:
Did anything actually change ? Atleast recently ?
I spoke (through email) with nls and they did admit to the formula change but said it occurred 2 years ago.

I found a old can of float that has to be close the 2yrs old and wheat is listed as the 2nd ingredient so nothing new there.

What actually changed ?

the floats changed with the new label before the new labels starting in late 2014, there was Krill and Herring as the first 2 ingredients.

The sinking and thera-a say whole krill and whole fish. The ones I found did not expire until Dec 2018-Jan 2019.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by jaws7777 #62211
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Did anything actually change ? Atleast recently ?
I spoke (through email) with nls and they did admit to the formula change but said it occurred 2 years ago.

I found a old can of float that has to be close the 2yrs old and wheat is listed as the 2nd ingredient so nothing new there.

What actually changed ?
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by kmuda #62099
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Both the "Hex Shield" and the 'Ick Shield" formulas are missing the "whole fish" (or "Whole Herring") ingredients as well. So that's now four NLS products with the new, (potentially) lesser desired formula.

So far, the "New Label" products (as I've dubbed them) are missing the "whole fish" (or "Whole Herring") from the Ingredients list.

The good news is the "old label" foods appear to still be the same formula.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by kmuda #62093
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I guess this explains it......

www.marinedepot.com/New_Life_Internation...FIFDDRPTSWSP-vi.html

Looks like the base formula has changed.

New Life International Spectrum Finicky Fish Sinking 125g
Ingredients: While Antarctic Krill Meal, Whole Wheat Flour, Algae Meal, Garlic, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, Vegetable and Fruit Extract, Ginseng, Vitamin A Acetate, DL Alphatocophero (E), D-Activated Animal-Sterol (D3), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxin Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorby-2-Polyphosphate (Stable C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Colbalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnese Sulfate.

Appears to be a change in the company resulting in a change in the formula.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by kmuda #62079
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Instead of keeping PMs quite, here is my response.... plus a few additional coments.

The ingredient list I called into question for the 7.5mm FLOAT Jumbo Fish pellet does not even list "Whole Fish". It's:

Whole Antarctic Krill, Whole Wheat Flour, Chlorea Algae, then all of the additional ingredients. It does not contain "Whole Fish", herring, mackerel, manhaden, or any other type of "fish" as the second, third, fourth, fifth, or even 6th listed ingredient. It's simply not there, period. So either they increased the amount of Krill in the formula to compensate for the absence of herring (or whole fish), or they increased the amount of wheat. Regardless, Wheat is now the second listed ingredient, not it's previous third.

Northfin: Whole Antarctic Krill, Herring Meal, Whole Sardine Meal, Wheat Flour, other ingredients

NLS: Whole Antartic Krill, Whole Wheat Flour, other ingredients.

Seems like a no brainer to me.

NLS FLOAT Jumbo Fish


Northfin Jumbo Fish


Of course, this could be something unique to this size NLS floating pellet, that they had to increase the wheat content to compensate for the size while retaining buoyancy. The problem there is that one of the benefits of keeping ingredient lists published on the site is that I have an historical record of this product (at least at the 4.5mm pellet size) under its prior name, published here. www.oscarfish.com/4-star-foods/240-new-l...dients-analysis.html

The ingredient list at that time was the same base NLS formula listed for most all NLS products.
Whole Antarctic Krill Meal, Whole Herring Meal, Whole Wheat Flour, Algae Meal, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, Garlic, Vegetable and Fruit Extract, Ginseng, Vitamin A Acetate, DL Alphatocopherol (E), D-Activated Animal-Sterol (D3), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorby-2-Polyphosphate (Stable C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate and Ferrous Sulfate.

I can also find Web Sites listing the Jumbo 7.5mm FLOAT Pellet for sale with the same familiar NLS formula, listing "Whole Herring Meal" as the second ingredient. In addition, "Whole Antarctic Krill Meal" is the listed primary ingredient.

So for this product, at least, Herring, or "Whole Fish", has been dropped from the formula.... and I do not recall any NLS product EVER not listing "Whole Herring" (or Whole Fish).

I do not know how wide spread this change is with NLS products as I don't go to fish stores. I order everything online and I was totally surprised when I reviewed the ingredient list on my most recent purchase. Purchases prior to this retained the base NLS formula we are all familiar with.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by Northstar5 #62076
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Hey.. check pm's.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by AquaNut #62075
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I highly support NothFin and have been researching both products quite a bit. It looks like the NLS website is out of commission for the time being but based on correspondence with the company they are denying any claims that they are dropping whole herring meal for wheat flour. They had said that they no longer label it as whole herring because they are using a mix of coldwater species similar to herring and high in Omega 3 but because it is a variety they can no longer say it is just herring. I would love to get to the bottom of this and have some tangible evidence one way or the other as we are in the process of completing a review on NorthFin.
Posted: 1 year 3 months ago by kmuda #61845
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The most recent container of this I purchased indicates "Whole Herring Meal" has been dropped from the formula."Whole Wheat Flour" is the second listed ingredient.

Say it ain't so NLS......

If NLS is increasing the wheat content of their foods, that would make Northfin the clear preference.