Ocean Nutrition Cichlid Omni Flakes Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 1 Star Foods

Ocean Nutrition Cichlid Omni


Guaranteed Analysis
Protein 57.1% min
Fat 16.5% min
Fiber <0.2% max
Moisture 6.0% max
Ash 5.8% max
Phosphorus 0.8% min

Dried fish solubles, wheat gluten, wheat flour, fish meal, salmon, rice starch, fish oil, lecithin, brewer's dried yeast, artificial color, soy protein isolate, dried kelp, squid, yellow 5 lake, blue 1 lake, brine shrimp, mussels, salt, garlic, tuna roe, calcium chloride, magnesium sulfate, monosodium phosphate, L-ascorbic acid (source of Vitamin C), red 40 lake, taurine, a-tocopherol acetate (source of Vitamin E), spirulina, calcium carbonate, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, niacin, sodium selenite, citric acid (preservative), calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K3 activity), thiamine mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), riboflavin (source of Vitamin B2), folic acid, calcium iodate, biotin, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of Vitamin D3), Vitamin A supplement.Ocean Nutrition Cichlid Omni Flakes Ingredients:

Ocean Nutrition Cichlid Omni Flakes Ingredients Analysis

The primary ingredient is Dried Fish Solubles, a by-product of fish canning and fish oil industries. During the processing of fish to recover the oil fraction a mixture of water and oil is produced. Then after this mixture is centrifuged to remove the oil the water containing fraction can then be condensed or dried to produce condensed fish solubles or dried fish solubles. A source of protein but may not be well digested. Again, we would rather protein come from actual aquatic meat products, not by-products.

The second and third listed ingredients are "Wheat" products. Splitting wheat into two different products may result in wheat being listed lower in the ingredient list than the actual overall wheat content justifies. In reality, wheat may be the first ingredient.

With only 2 of the first 9 ingredients being preferred ingredients, the overall protein content of this food is doubtful. Any remaining preferred ingredients (kelp, garlic, squid, mussels, brine shrimp, tuna roe) are listed so far down the ingredient list that their nutrional addition to the food is, at best, marginal.

This food contains a multitide of non-desirable ingredients. Various preservatives, including Ehtoxyquin and BHT, various artificial coloring agents, and synthetic Vitamin K.

Rating: 1 Stars

With below marginal acceptable proteins, very limited preferred plant ingredients, various preservatives, artifical coloring agents, and synthetic vitamin K, I cannot justify anything higher than a 1 star rating.

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

Posted: 2 years 9 months ago by kmuda #62278
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This article has been updated to reflect significant ingredient changes. How the mighty have fallen, from a potential 5 star food to a 1 star food.

Ingredients listed in this Analysis are based upon ingredients listed by Drs. Foster and Smith web site. The Ocean Nutrition Web Site still lists the formula from several years ago.