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Hikari Cichlid Gold and Hikari Cichlid Staple

Written by ~Rush~. Posted in Foods

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  • Color enhancing cichlid pellets with carotene and shrimp meal
  • Designed especially for aquarium fish that belong to the Cichlid family
  • Vitamin enriched for cichlid health

Hikari Cichlid Gold is enriched with vitamins and supplements to provide balanced nutrition, disease immunity, and improved growth rate. Contains color enhancers carotene and shrimp meal to bring out brilliant colors and natural beauty and form in your cichlids. Available in Baby, Mini, Medium, and Large sizes.

Hikari Cichlid Staple is a highly nutritional, daily diet rich in Vitamin C, promotes stress resistance and disease immunity. Available in Baby, Mini, Medium, and Large sizes

Hikari Gold Ingredients
White Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Wheat Germ Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Soybean Meal, Shrimp Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Carotene, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Choline Chloride, D-activated Animal Sterol, Folic Acid, Menadione Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Salt, Ferrous Chloride, Copper Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Aluminum Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 32.0% min
Crude Fat 4.0% min
Crude Fiber 4.0% max
Moisture 9.0% max
Ash 12.0% max

Hikari Cichlid Staple Ingredients
White Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Wheat Germ Meal, Brewer's Dried Yeast, Soybean Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, B12 Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Choline Chloride, D-Activated Animal Sterol, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite, Inositol, Para-Aminobenzoic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Salt, Ferrous Chloride, Copper Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Aluminum Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein

min. 30.0%
Crude Fat min. 4.0%
Crude Fiber max. 5.0%
Moisture max. 9.0%
Ash max. 10.0%

 

Hikari Cichlid Gold/Staple Review

by Rush

Overveiw:

I have been feeding my cichlids Hikari Cichlid Gold, and Hikari Cichlid Staple for several years. I have been very pleased with this product. Hikari is a mainstream name in the Fish Food market. They have been around for decades and offer food for Koi, Cichlids, Marine fish, and even Reptiles. This is a solid product. The Cichlid Gold is a color enhancing pellet which consists mainly of protein (40% crude protein). The Cichlid Staple is health food. It contains a boosted amount of Vitamin C which promotes a healthy immune system. Both can be fed as a daily food source, though a varied diet is important.


Pros:

  • Availability: I can't recall a petstore that I've walked into that had fish, but not Hikari fish food. This stuff is everywhere.
  • Taste: I've only had a handful of cichlids that ever turned down Hikari foods. Most of them refused to eat the Hikari Cichlid Staple, but still ate the Hikari Cichlid Gold.
  • Quality: Hikari is a good product. You can't go wrong with either of these foods in my opinion.
  • Cost: Comparitively low cost on the Hikari Gold with Hikari Staple qualifying as "low cost".
  • 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. No Hikari foods contain ethoxyquin (although they do use MSG as a preservative).

Cons:

  • I've found that for some juvenile cichlids, the Hikari Cichlid Gold/Staple pellets are difficult to chew (for lack of a better term.) I found this especially true for the Mini sized pellets. For young juveniles who's palates are not quite fully developed it may be hard for them to chew the Mini pellets because they are quite hard.