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Aqueon Tropical Flakes

Written by Kmuda. Posted in Foods

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  • Tropical fish flakes formulated with natural ingredients
  • Fortified fish nutrition with vitamins, minerals, and trace elements
  • Helps keep tropical aquarium fish vibrant, energetic, and healthy

Premium daily nutrition for all tropical fish. These high quality flakes take a new approach in keeping your aquarium fish vibrant, energetic, and healthy. Formulated with diverse ingredient including whole fish meal, dried krill, squid meal, kelp meal, spirulina, garlic and much more! Concentrated nutrition means less waste.

About Aqueon Fish Foods: Aqueon foods contain only natural ingredients and contain no artificial colors. The colors of the foods are attributed to the actual ingredients in the formula, and help to bring out the natural colors in your fish, while keeping them energetic and healthy.

Ingredients:Whole Fish Meal (whole salmon, herring and other mixed fishes), Whole Wheat Flour, Soybean Meal, Whole Dried Krill, Wheat Gluten Meal, Dried Yeast, Squid Meal, Kelp Meal, Wheat Germ, Fish Oil, Corn Gluten Meal, Spirulina, Garlic, Natural Astaxanthin, Marigold Powder, Chili Powder, Spinach, Choline Chloride, Calcium Propionate (a preservative), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol (source of Vitamin D3), Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Menadione Sodium Bisulphite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic acid, Thiamine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, DL-Alphatocopherol (E), Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, and Copper Sulfate.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 41% min.
Crude Fat 7% min.
Crude Fiber 3% max.
Moisture 8% max.
Phosphorus 1% max

 

Aqueon Tropical Flakes Review

Overveiw:

Before reading this review, stop, go back and read the ingredient list identified above. To state the sometimes overlooked obvious, a fish food is the sum of it's ingredients. Good ingredients, you have a good food. Poor ingredients, you have a poor quality food. The ingredient list of Aqueon Tropical Flakes is very good.

Aqueon is a relative new comer to the Tropical Fish food market. Expanding out from their "All Glass" roots, Aqueon now has its feet in all aspects of the aquarium hobby. My original assumption was that Aqueon was an American version of Tetra, an offshoot of a conglomerate corporate entity with sub-par products for the less than knowledgeable Wal-Mart consumer.

I could not have been more wrong. While Aqueon is an American company and they are a daughter company to a much large corporate entity, it has become obvious to me that their focus is on manufacturing quality products. The old adage that, if you build a better product, they will come, certainly applies.

Aqueon Tropical flake food is no exception to that concept. Again, review the ingredient list. The use of "Whole Fish Meal" instead of simply "Fish Meal" is a positive sign, as is the use of "Whole Dried Krill" (although I wish the krill was listed ahead of the flour, which is a filler.) "Fish Meal" is usually manufactured out of the inedible scraps remaining after the better parts of the fish are processed for human consumption. The use of "Whole Fish Meal" is an indication those "better parts" are included in your fish flake food, not just the inedible scraps. While I wish Spirulina was higher on the list, it's inclusion is also a positive sign, as are all of the supplemental vitamins and minerals.

Nor does Aqueon use artificial colors. Perhaps the most significant benefit of Aqueon Fish Foods is the absence of ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative found in almost all pet feed. Since all fish meals imported into the United States must be preserved with ethoxyquin, by law, its absence in Aqueon Flake Food is an absolute indication that this, is, indeed, a United States manufactured product using raw materials that are not imported. I cannot state how impressive this simple concept is and what it means towards the health of your fish. Aqueon knows exactly where their raw materials come from, they know exactly the quality of these materials, and can both ensure and manage the end resulting feed. This is not a claim most pet feed companies can make, let alone manufacturers of fish flake food.

This is a flake food that makes you feel good that you are feeding it to your fish. Even better, you should feel good feeding this food to your fish. Unlike other examples, this is a product that is actually under marketed but assumed by many to be inferior because of the companies quick growth and market reach. This is an incorrect assumption. It is a quality food, using homegrown American raw materials, manufactured by an American Company.

This flake food is a staple in all of my tanks, excluding the Oscar Tank (Oscars do not need to be fed flakes). I feed it to livebearers, Angelfish, Tetras, and Gouramis. The food is readily accepted by all of my fish without the spitting out of flakes that I interpret as the fish not liking the flake food.

Pros:

  • Quality: I think I've covered this above. Not only do quality ingredients result in a quality product, but the fact that Aqueon can track their raw materials from beginning to end ensures they can maintain quality of their foods.
  • Ingredients: "Whole Fish Meal" instead of "Fish Meal", "Whole Krill Meal" instead of "Krill (or shrimp) Meal". The word "Whole" means a lot when it comes to Fish Foods (or any Pet Food, for that matter). Plus, Aqueons use of "Whole Fish Meal" indicates you can trust the sequence of ingredients in the ingredient list as the included products are listed at their dry weight, not their wet weight. So what you see is what you get.
  • Flake Size: This flake food is a good size for its intended use. If you want to feed this flake to large fish, you need to look elsewhere. This is a perfect sized flake for fish the size of Angelfish and smaller.
  • Palatability: Fish will devour this food. With some flake food, fish will take them in, find them distasteful, and spit them back out. Not so with Aqueon Freshwater Flakes
  • Availability: In a short amount of time, Aqueon has managed to extend its reach into every market imaginable. Their foods are available everywhere.
  • Made in the USA: An American company, with American ownership, American employees, using American raw materials.
  • Does not contain Ethoxyquin: Ethoxyquin is a fat preservative found in almost all pet foods that contain fish meal. It's hard to escape as it is required by law to be included in any imported fish meals. Regardless, despite USDA guarantees of it's safety (they say the unhealthy affects are "dose dependent"), Ethoxyquin is widely accepted to be a cause of numerous pet ailments (cancer, liver failure, birth defects, and infertility) and has subsequently been banned for inclusion in human foods. It's absence in Aqueon fish foods is a clear indication home grown ingredients are used and is a further indication of a food you can be happy feeding to your fish.

Cons: 

  • Wheat Flour: I wish "Wheat Flour" was lower on the ingredient list.
  • Spirulina: I wish Spirulina was higher on the ingredient list