Crude Protein: 28%
Crude Fat: 6%
Crude Fiber 6%
Max. Moisture: 10%
Max. Ash: 13%
HBH Algae Grazers Ingredients
Spirulina Powder, Soy Flour, Pea Powder, Dehydrated Alfalfa Leaf Powder, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Carrot Powder, Spinach Powder, Fish Meal, Fish Oil, Wheat Germ, Brewers Yeast, Kelp Meal, Zucchini Powder, Kale Powder, Beet Powder, Soybean Oil, Soy Lecithin, Wheat Gluten, Astaxanthin, Natural Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Rosemary Extract, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin A Acetate, Choline Chloride, a-Tocopheryl Acetate (source of Vitamin E), Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Biotin, Pyridoxine HCl, Folic Acid, D-Activated Animal Sterol (source of Vitamin D3), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Magnesium Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Citric Acid, Salt
HBH Algae Grazers Ingredients Analysis
The primary ingredient, Spirulina powder, is listed at its dry weight, indicating its ordering in the ingredient list is accurate. Sometimes called “The Most Nutritious Food on the Planet”, Spirulina 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 a 62% amino acid content and contains all essential fatty acids and eight amino acids required for complete nutrition.
Subsequent limited listings of wheat, corn, and soy products indicate that Spirulina is the actual primary ingredient of this food.
While a second preferred protein would be ideal as the second ingredient, use of Soy flour over wheat or corn is favored. As the third ingredient, Pea Powder provides additional preferred plant protein and when combined with other preferred proteins (carrot powder, spinach powder, fish meal, kelp meal, zucchini powder, and kale powder) ensures confidence in the overall preferred protein content of this food.
Other preferred proteins are all listed at there dry weights, indicating their order in the ingredient list is an accurate representation of their content in the food. Use of Carrot Powder, Spinach Powder, Kelp Meal, Zucchini Powder, and Kale powder, in addition to the high content of Spirulina and Pea powder, ensure a food rich in preferred plant proteins and natural vitamins and minerals.
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. Its use in this food would appear to fall below that threshold.
Beet powder is a rich source of natural sugar that provides sodium, potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, iodine, iron and various important vitamins. In humans, it is considered a health food. It is likely added here more to impart red color in the pellet. It is an undesired ingredient in dog foods.
It is not known if this food contains Ethoxyquin. Some HBH foods contain Ethoxyquin and some do not. Nor is it known if this food utilizes artificial colors. It does not contain synthetic vitamin K.
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 4 Star
The high preferred plant protein contents included in this food, advertised as a herbivore food, combined with sufficient preferred proteins, certainly justifies a 4 star rating. Four of the top six ingredients being non-preferred proteins prevent a higher rating. While it is unknown if this food contains Ethoxyquin or artificial colors, it is not being penalized for using them. The 4 star rating is based soley upon preferred protein content.
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.
- Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
- Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
- 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