Monster 9mm Pellet
Xtreme 9mm Monster is a 9mm pellet that fish might just jump out of the pond to get. For those really big fish, 9mm Monster Pellets will keep them from looking hungrily at small animals and children. Maybe not for the family aquarium, but perfect for Koi, Dovi, Cintrinellum, Nandopsishaitienisi and other "Monster" varieties. Note to breeders. We use these pellets to feed new born fry...it sinks to the bottom and they can nibble at it...and it doesn't foul the tank! Available in 8.8oz, 16oz, 40oz (2.5lbs) and 64oz (4lb) containers.
Krill Meal, Fish Meal, Wheat Middlings, Wheat, Shrimp Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat Flour, Distillers Dried Grains with Soluables, Brewers Dried Yeast, Spirulina, Monosodium Phosphate, Paprika, Limestone, Xanthophyll, Fish Oil, Lecithin, Salt, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, di-Alph Tocopheryl Acetate(Vitamin E Supplement), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Caldium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex(source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Manganese Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Canthaxanthin, Astaxanthin, Beta Carotene Guaranteed Analysis: Protein 38% min, Fat 5% min, Fiber 4.5% max, Moisture 10% max.
Note: While we currently do not have personal confirmation from the manufacturer that Xtreme Aquatic Foods does not utilize Ethoxyquin in their foods, additional research does indicate Xtreme Aquatic foods are Ethoxyquin free. For additional details on Ethoxyquin, please read Fish Food Ingredients Analysis.
A review of the ingredient list identifies mostly positives extreme enough to justify the name of the product. Use of "meals" ndicates ingredients are listed at their dry weight so the order in which they are listed is accurate, with Krill Meal being the primary ingredient. Krill is an excellent source of protein and Omega 3 as well as being perhaps the best source of astaxanthin available. Astaxanthin is known for its color enhancing properties, proven to drastically improve red coloration. But not only does this pellet contain astaxanthin in the form of krill meal, it is also added as a supplement, as are numerous vitamins and minerals. A very good ingredient list indicating a high protein product that will significantly enhance red coloration.
Krill, as the primary ingredients, also more closely simulates the natural diet of Oscars than does fish meal. For additional details on an Oscar fish specific diet, please review Oscar Fish Diet – Feeding Oscars..
What prevents me from classifying this as a "great" food is the use of fish meal (as opposed to a named fish, such as "Salmon Meal") and the absence of the word "whole" (as in "Whole Fish Meal"). An ideal food would consist of meal comprised of the whole fish, with that fish being identified. Absence of the word "whole" and without the type of fish identified, it can be safely assumed that the "fish meal" used in the manufacture of this food are the scraps left over after the remainder of the fish has been processed for other uses. In other words, the "fish meal" consists primarily (and potentially exclusively) of scales, skins, and bones. In addition, the ingredient list follows a practice known as product splitting, with three different wheat products listed. When combined, "wheat" may very well be the primary ingredient.
I've been feeding my 150g Malawi/Florida native and exotic tank for 12 days. I chose the 9mm "Monster" pellet. My first impression upon opening the tub is that many, if not most of the pellets were broken. Many are still full pellets but there are all sizes of broken ones. The pellets are clearly very hard and brittle.
The pellets sink and give off a very small amount of particles. Not enough to cloud the water but you can see it. It is a fast sinking pellet.
Immediately, all fish took the pellets. One fish is a wild Mayan cichlid from the Everglades. Previously, I had been having trouble getting this fish to eat anything. The best I could do was frozen blood worms or Cichlid Delight. He immediately took the Xtreme and would attempt to steal from the other fish.
Overall, I have seen no difference in fish health from the Omega One I was using previously. Colors are excellent, perhaps better than with the Omega One.
There are some potential disadvantages to the pellets. First, the tendency to break apart defeats the purpose of a 9mm pellet. The intended size would be excellent for oscars and other larger fish. Secondly, the rate at which it sinks can be challenging. In my case, the pellets fall past the top and mid water fish and get to the catfish, in which there is no return.
In conclusion, these pellets work well for me. They have a decent price point and they are available locally to me. They are definitely worth a look.
A crack at humor, this is what the food looks like at the bottom of my tank. Sorry for the dirty glass.