Omega One Freshwater Flakes are a delicious recipe of fresh, cold water seafood blended specifically to enhance the levels of Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are extremely valuable to freshwater species for strong immune systems and cell wall development. Low ash and higher quality proteins mean less pollution in the tank. Includes fresh, natural fats, as well as natural pigments in salmon skins for vibrant colors.
- Natural pigments in salmon skins for vibrant colors
- Rich in Omega 3 & 6 HUFA's
- An abundance and variety of fresh seafood protein
- Fresh, natural fats
- Low in ash (8% maximum)
- Never clouds water
Min. Crude Protein….41%
Min. Crude Fat………11%
Max. Crude Fiber…….2%
Max. Moisture………. 8.5%
Min. Omega 3 ………. 2%
Min. Omega 6………...1%
INGREDIENTS: Whole Salmon, Halibut, Black Cod, Whole Herring , Whole Shrimp, Whole Krill, Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Fresh Kelp, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Natural and Artificial Colors, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Tocopherol (Preservative),
Omega One Freshwater Flakes Review
Before reading this review, stop, go back and read the ingredient list identified above. What more needs to be said? Were are you going to find a better ingredient list for a flake food.
Omega One is a trusted name in foods with perhaps the highest quality ingredients of any fish foods on the market. As their marketing identifies, their initial ingredients are of human consumption quality. Their use of whole fish, instead of the standard fish meal found in most other foods, is a very positive indicator of a quality food. "Fish Meal" usually consists of the unedible leftovers after the remainder of the fish has been processed for human consumption. Omega One's uses "whole fish" in the processing of their foods, not just the left overs. The inclusion of "Whole Shrimp", "Whole Krill", and "Fresh Kelp", as well as an impressive combination of vitamins and supplements, is an absolute indication of a quality product, from a company you can trust, using raw materials from the USA, from an American company.
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, it's not just marketing.
This flake food is a staple in all of my tanks, excluding the Oscar Tank. I feed it to livebearers, Angelfish, Tetras, and Gouramis.
Quality: Omega One is a quality brand and this flake foodt is no exception, using all fresh, home-grown ingredients, not meals imported from China.
Ingredients: The ingredients are what makes Omega One. As mentioned before, Omega One's ingredients may be of the highest quality available in any fish food. Nuff' said.
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 Omega One Freshwater Flakes
Availability: I purchase most of my fish supplies from FosterandSmithAquatics.Com and they have never carried Omega One products. Nor has my secondary online store of preference (BigAlsOnline.Com), until recently. Big Al's has started carrying some Omega One products but not this one. However, there has been a recent push by Omega One to make their products more available and I am noticing them in many local fish stores. My PetCo is now carrying them.
Cost: At about $4 for a .42 Oz container, these flakes are more expensive than other quality flakes such as Ocean Nutrition and their non-availability at online retailers such as BigAlsOnle.Com and FosterandSmithAquatics.Com ensure you pay the standard retail price.
- Ingredient List Accuracy: We really have no idea what the primary ingredient(s) are. Use of "Whole Salmon", as opposed to "Whole Salmon Meal" indicates the ingredient is listed at it's wet weight, 80% of which is lost in the act of drying. This is the case with each meat product in the ingredient list (as well as the kelp). However, having 6 meat proteins listed ahead of the fillers (wheat) are an indication that the primary ingredient of this food is indeed a meat protein, not a filler, even though wheat is split into two products (Wheat Flour and Wheat Gluten). Combined, wheat would appear much higher on the list.
- Use of 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. I'm not really sure why it is found in Omega One products as its ingredients are not imported so therefore is not required. But it is an indication that Omega One products are not as "fresh" as their marketing implies. 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).