Nutrafin Max Guppy Color Enhancing Flakes Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 3 Star Foods

NutraFim Max Guppy Color Enhancing Flake Food


Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 37.5% min
Crude Fat 5.0% min
Crude Fiber 3.0% max
Moisture 7.0% max
Ash 12.0% max
Phosphorus 0.6% min

Nutrafin Max Guppy Color Enhancing Flakes Ingredients:

Fish Meal, Krill, Fish Protein Concentrate, Dried Kelp, Wheat Flour, Daphnia, Wheat Gluten Meal, Paprika, Carrot, Dried Ground Bell Pepper, Salmon Oil (preserved with Ethoxyquin), Dried Yeast, Squid Meal, Shrimp Meal, Tapioca, Squid Liver Meal, Cochineal Extract Color, Dried Spirulina Algae, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2- Monophosphate, Yeast Extract, Fructooligosaccharide, Inositol, Vitamin E Supplement, Lecithin, Vanillin, Niacin, Riboflavin-5-Phosphate, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid and Vitamin D3 Supplement.

Nutrafin Max Guppy Color Enhancing Flakes Ingredients Analysis

The primary ingredient is fish meal. We have no way of measuring the quality and nutritional value of the meal being used as the source is unknown. As a result, the quality and subsequent nutritional values are questionable. Use of fish meal, instead of “whole fish meal” indicates the primary ingredients are potentially fish processing leftovers (scales, skin, bones, and internal organs) deemed unsuitable for human consumption.

Krill Meal, the second listed ingredient, is an excellent source of proteins, amino acids, omega 3 oils, and color enhancing carotenoids. It is not know if the Krill used in this product is preferred Antarctic Krill, although that would be doubtful. Chances are this will be Pacific Krill from Norway.

Fish Protein Concentrate, in theory, should be a higher quality ingredient than Fish Meal as it is manufactured from fresher source product under more hygienic conditions.

The 4th listed ingredient is Dried Kelp. Kelp is large seaweed in the brown algae family that is a good source of iodine for thyroid function, chlorophyll, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Copper, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, and Vitamin K.

Salmon oil is preferred over standard “Fish Oil” as it is a known entity, high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. Unfortunately, the salmon oil utilized in this food is preserved with Ethoxyquin.

With three of the first five ingredients being preferred protein sources, and with one of those being a quality preferred plant protein (Dried Kelp), there is sufficient confidence in the preferred protein content of this food.

The listing of vitamin and mineral supplements is acceptable.

Use of the prebiotic Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) is appreciated. FOS are plant sugars that occur in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and cereals. They are produced commercially by partial hydrolysis of chicory inulin (an oligosaccharide found in chicory root), or from sucrose (sugar) using an enzymatic process. In addition to improving the digestibility of various food components, FOS may also improve absorption of dietary calcium, iron, and other important minerals.

While this food does not contain artificial colors or synthetic vitamin K, it does contain Ethoxyquin, at least, to preserve the Salmon Oil. It is less clear if additional Ethoxyquin is contained within the meal products utilzed. 

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 3 Stars 

The preferred protein content of this food, including sufficient plant protein content, combined with an absence of artificial colors and synthetic vitamin K (K3) easily justify a 3 star food. However, use of Ethoxyquin and the potential marginal quality of the primary meal utilized prevents rating any higher. If quality of the fish meal utilized can be confirmed, the rating of this food will be increased to a 4 star.

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