Wardley Premium Algae Disks Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 2 Star Foods



Crude protein (min.) 32%, crude fat (min.) 3%, crude fiber (max.) 6%, moisture (max.) 6%, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) (min.) 1400 mg/kg.

Wardley Premium Algae Disks Ingredients:

Spirulina algae meal, corn gluten feed, corn gluten meal, corn distillers dried grains, wheat flour, wheat germ, wheat gluten, wheat middlings, linseed meal, canola meal, dehulled soybean meal, soy protein concentrate, pea protein, brewers dried yeast, corn flour, rice flour, dehydrated alfalfa meal, soy protein isolate, ground barley, calcium carbonate, soybean oil, spinach powder, dried lecithin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, vitamin A acetate, d-alpha-tocopherol acetate, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), calcium pantothenate, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, ethoxyquin (a preservative), thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, riboflavin, cyanocobalamin (source of vitamin B12), manganous oxide, zinc oxide, ferrous carbonate, copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite.

Wardley Premium Algae Disks Ingredients Analysis

Spirulina, the first listed ingredient, is sometimes called "The Most Nutritious Food on the Planet". It is rich in raw protein and seven major vitamins: A1, B1, B2, B6, B12 (one of the best natural sources for B12, although the bioavailability of its B12 is in dispute by many researchers), C and E. It naturally contains beta-carotene, color enhancing pigments, and a whole range of minerals. In addition, Spirulina has 62% amino acid content and contains all essential fatty acids and eight amino acids required for complete nutrition. It is easily digested due to the fact that Spirulina cells do not have cellulose walls.

The next 11 ingredients are non-preferred protein sources and fillers. Corn is split into 4 separate products and Wheat is split into 3 separate products, likely making Spirulina the actual 3rd ingredient (behind “Corn” and “Wheat”). There is little confidence that preferred proteins make up a majority of the proteins available in this food.

Other preferred plant proteins are listed too far down the ingredient list to contribute substantially to the nutritional value of the food.

Corn distillers dried grains are a waste product of the ethanol industry. The wet mash that is left over after distillation of the ethanol contains the remains of those grains, but the starch has been fermented so the leftover mash is actually low in starch. It is higher in protein than corn gluten meal although digestibility is questionable. The potential exists for it to contain fungal and mold toxins. Not a preferred ingredient.

Brewers Dried Yeast is a by-product of the beer making process; this ingredient contains about 45% protein and is rich in Vitamin B. Its use in fish foods is as either as a protein source or a vitamin supplement. Studies do exist identifying 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 contains Ethoxyquin. It does not appear to contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (synthetic vitamin K. ). Use of artificial coloring agents is unknown but possible.

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 2 Star

Despite concerns that non-preferred protein sources significantly outweigh preferred protein content of this food, the Spirulina content justifies a 2 star rating, although it is a borderline 2 star rating that is reluctantly granted. Aside from Spirulina, this is a 1 star food.

Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:

This review 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