Cobalt Aquatics Shrimp Pellets Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 0 Star Foods

Cobalt Shrimp Pellets


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 35.0% min.
Crude Fat 7.0% min.
Crude Fiber 4.0% min.
Phosphorus 1.2%, min.
Moisture 8.0% max.

Cobalt Shrimp Pellets Ingredients:

Grain Products, Marine Protein Products, Plant Protein Products, Processed Grain By-Products, Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Limestone, Soy Lecithin, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Propionate (preservative), Manganese Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E Supplement), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C) and Zinc Oxide.

Cobalt Shrimp Pellets Ingredient Analysis

The primary ingredient is Grain Products but we don’t know what grain and what product. The second listed ingredient is Marine Protein Products but again, we don’t know what product. The third listed ingredient is Plant Protein Product but we don’t know what plant protein product. The ingredient list gets worse from there, including grain by products, hydrolyzed feather meal, and poultry by-product meal.

Hydrolyzed feather meal is liquified feathers and poultry by-product is the worst possible leftovers of processed chicken. These ingredients are bad enough, by themselves, but the fact they are being fed to fish compounds the problem.

There are no preferred proteins in this food. Poultry by-product and feathers is not something that should be found in any pet food, let alone a fish food, which should contain aquatic meat proteins.

Dicalcium Phosphate is a calcium supplement commonly found in breakfast cereals.  An inorganic calcium, it is added to fish food primarily as a binding agent to create a firmer pellet or wafer. Derived from bones, it also contains phosophorous and other minerals. It can become toxic with the potential to cause kidney stones. May contribute to soft tissue calcification.

Per communication with Cobalt, Cobalt does not add ethoxyquin directly to their products but pre-mix meals contain "trace amounts". The actual levels of Ethoxyquin are unknown.

Food does not contain artificial coloring agents but does include Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K).

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 0 star

The ingredients in this food are either unknown or so horrendous they do not deserve a rating. We expect more from Cobalt.

Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:

This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 star (worse) to 6 star (best), in an effort to judge quality based upon three simple criteria.

  1. Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
  2. Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
  3. A fully nutritious food to include necessary vitamins and minerals with natural sources of vitamins and minerals being preferred.

These basic concepts apply:

  • Any food that utilizes Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT as preservatives, cannot rate higher than a 4 star food.
  • Use of artificial colors prevents rating higher than a 4 star food.
  • Any food that utilizes Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (Synthetic Vitamin K, aka K3) cannot rate higher than a 5 star food.
  • Inclusion of the “Whole Fish”, or “Whole Krill” (in meal form or not) is preferred over fish meal or krill meal.
  • In order to achieve a 5 or 6 star rating, the quality of the meal must be known.
  • In order to achieve a 6 star rating, the “Whole Fish’ (or whole animal) must be used, either in meal form or in sufficient quantities outside of meal form.
  • Inclusion of sufficient quantities of preferred plant proteins is a bonus with sufficient Spirulina content being a significant bonus.
  • Use of prebiotics or probiotics is a bonus