Hikari Cichlid Staple Ingredients Analysis

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Hikari Cichlid Staple

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 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.

Hikari Cichlid Staple Ingredients Analysis

Primary ingredient is White Fish meal. White Fish Meal is comprised of pollock, hoki, hake, blue whiting, and cod. With a protein content of between 60% and 65%, it is a higher quality product than generic fish meal. Being a Hikari produced fish meal; we can have confidence in the nutrient and protein levels of the meal. However, not being labeled as “Whole Fish Meal” identifies that the meal is potentially compiled from leftovers after the more desirable components of the fish are used for human consumption (pending clarification from Hikari).

A total of five non-preferred protein sources are listed compared to a single preferred protein source. If each of the non-preferred protein sources is combined, it is an almost certainty they exceed White Fish Meal as the primary provider of proteins in this food.

This food possesses no preferred plant proteins. Attempts to compensate for this can be found in the extensive list of supplements, to include Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA), a synthetic vitamin that promotes the growth of healthy tissue and aids in the prevention of vitamin B deficiencies. Benefits achieved naturally from green leafy vegetables.

Brewers Dried Yeast is a by-product of the beer making process; this ingredient contains about 45% protein and is rich in Vitamin B. Is use in fish foods is as either as a protein source or a vitamin supplement. Studies do exist indentifying its capacity to improve fish growth rates. When used as a supplement comprising between 2% and 4% of the food, this is an acceptable product. When used as a primary provider of protein comprising 25% or more of the food it is less acceptable as protein digestibility concerns have been documented.

This food does not contain Ethoxyquin or artificial coloring agents. However, it does contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K).

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 2 Star

Use of a quality fish meal justifies the 2 star rating, preventing a lower rating. The existence of Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K) combined with the low preferred protein contents of the food and an absence of preferred plant proteins (Spirulina, kelp, spinach, vegetable extract), prevents rating any higher.

Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:

This is not a review of this fish food. It is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 (worst) to 6 (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