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.
|Crude Protein||35.0% min.|
|Crude Fat||5.0% min.|
|Crude Fiber||6.0% 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.
- 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