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Omega One Veggie Rounds

Written by Kmuda. Posted in Foods

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Description:

With fresh kelp & spirulina. Sinking disks that are ideal for all freshwater and marine herbivores.

OmegaSea is one of two companies in Alaska with permits to harvest fresh kelp along the rugged shoreline of Southeast Alaska. Loaded with essential minerals and nutrients, this same kelp is also harvested for human consumption. You will notice that the color of this sinking disc is a much richer green than other comparable products.

Pellet size: approximately 2 mm x 14 mm.

Ingredients: Whole Kelp, Spirulina, Whole Salmon, Halibut, Seafood Mix (Including Krill, Whole Herring, & Shrimp), Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, L-Ascorb-l-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), Ethoxyquin (Preservative).

Omega One Veggie Rounds Review

Overveiw:

Before reading this review, stop, go back and read the ingredient list identified above. What more needs to be said?

While there are many "Veggie" wafers on the market, look at their ingredient list. Almost exclusively, the first ingredient in these foods is "Fish Meal". Since the first ingredient is the primary content of the food, how can these be labeled as "Veggie"? Not this one. Omega One Veggie Rounds are a true "Veggie Wafer" with the primary ingredients being "Whole Kelp" and Spirulina. Even with these foods listed at their wet weight, combined with the other primary ingredients, you can be confident you are getting a food with more quality ingredients than fillers.

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.

This is one of those foods that makes you feel good that you are feeding it to your fish.

This is the preferred food for my Pleco but my Kissing Gourami also gets his share. I'll also drop a wafer into my livebearer tank to let them nibble on it through the day.

In addition, my Oscar consumes these with relish (he spits out Hikari Algae Wafers). As a supplemental food for Oscars, these provide a (probably missing) veggie component of their diet. In the wild, a significant percentage of an Oscar's nutrition comes from the gut contents of the crayfish, insects, and other fish they consume. Since their pray are primarily herbivores, they get a significant amount of algae and "veggie" matter in their diet. Use of Omega One Veggie Rounds as a supplemental food for your Oscar helps provide the same nutritional benefits.

Pros:

  • Quality: Omega One is a quality brand and this product 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.
  • Wafer Size: Other wafers, while of proper size for Plecos, are too large for Oscars. This is a smaller wafer. I find my Oscar consumes them without spewing excess from his gills.

Cons:

  • 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 $6.63 for a 4.2 Oz container, these veggie wafers are more expensive than products such as Hikari Algae Wafers. But sometimes you get what you pay for. This is no exception. Review the ingredient list between the two products and you'll see why you'll want to spend an extra few dollars.
  • 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).