New Life Spectrum

Written by ~Rush~. Posted in Foods



  • All natural color enhancing sinking pellets
  • Easily digestible protein derived from whole krill, herring & squid protein
  • Helps boost immune system function
  • Provides essential elements found in the natural environment that are missing in aquariums

New Life Spectrum Large Fish Formula 3mm Sinking Pellet Fish Food

New Life Spectrum Large Fish Formula is a hormone-free, color enhancing formula. Spectrum food is made with high-quality easily digestible krill, herring and squid protein with all-natural color-enhancing ingredients for a balanced diet that boosts immune system function and enhances the full spectrum of your fish's color. Formulated for all types of marine and freshwater species, including omnivore, herbivore and carnivore. It provides essential elements found in the natural environment that are missing in aquariums.

With the belief that all fish require a complete and fully balanced varied diet, New Life also contains algae meal, that consists of seaweed, kelp, and haematococcus pluvialis (a micro algae), a premium grade of natural spirulina, as well as a fruit and vegetable extract that consists of spinach, red and green cabbage, peas, broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, tomato, kiwi, apricot, pear, mango, apple, papaya, and peach. All New Life Spectrum products also contain a generous inclusion rate of garlic (Allium Sativum).

Our premium line of fish food is made in the USA, in an FDA approved state-of-the-art facility. All of the ingredients used in New Life Spectrum premium fish foods are thoroughly analyzed and certified, ensuring only the highest grade of quality and purity in each and every container of our food.

Feed twice daily. Amount given should be completely consumed within 1-2 minutes.


Whole Antarctic krill meal, whole herring meal, wheat flour, whole squid meal, algae meal, soybean isolate, beta carotene, spirulina, garlic, vegetable and fruit extract (spinach, broccoli, red pepper, zucchini, tomato, pea, red and green cabbage, apple, apricot, mango, kiwi, papaya, peach, pear), vitamin a acetate, DL alphatocophero (E), d-activated animal sterol (D3), vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, folic acid, biotin thiamine, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, L-ascorby-2-polyphosphate (stable C), choline chloride, copper proteinate, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, cobalt sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min.) 36.0%, Crude Fat (min.) 5.0%, Crude Fiber (max.) 5.0%, Moisture (max.) 10.0%, Ash (max.) 9%, Vit A (min.) 8000 IU/kg, Vit D (min.) 2500 IU/kg, Vit E (min.) 200 IU/kg.

New Life Spectrum: Community Fish Formula Review

by Rush


New Life Spectrum has an excellent variety to choose from. The great thing about these products is they are specialized exactly for their label (community fish, discus, cichlids, etc.). I've only been using the New Life Spectrum foods for 3 years or so, but I can already tell you that they are a great product. I use the Community fish formula for obviously, my community aquarium. Fish like tetras, barbs, danios, loaches, small catfish, and small cichlids really do well with this food. It's very small, and it sinks. It's devoured by all fish, and thus far it has given my fish great growth and great color. NLS also makes Pellets for larger fish that do well for young and juvie oscars but finding larger NLS pellets for adult Oscars can be difficult.

This is a highly recommend food, considered amongst the best available 


  • Results: This food will give you results. It boasts "horomone free" color enhancing properties and ingredients that will boost immune system function. When compared to other foods I've tried, NLS does produce better coloration.

A marketing statement from the manufacturer that I find to be true.

Feed New Life Spectrum® fish food exclusively for 10 days.

You will begin to notice enhancement in color and vitality of your fish or we will simply refund your money. Please Note: your fish will continue to improve in color and overall health over the next 30 days.

  • Taste: All of my fish love this food. I've even seen my plecostomus try to eat it!
  • Cleanliness: This is a clean food. It doesn't crumble or cloud like flake foods.
  • Ingredients: The NLS ingredient list is outstanding, perhaps the best availble. Instead of "Fish Meal", which usually indicates the meal is developed from leftovers unusable elsewhere (scales, skin, bones), "Whole Krill Meal" and "Whole Herring Meal" make up a majority of the food, which means they used the whole animal, not just the leftovers. Since "meals" are used, the order in which ingredients are listed can be trusted as they are listed at their dry weight. Nor does NLS utilize the questionable practice of "product splitting" with "Wheat Flour" being the only wheat product listed. Again, an indication that the ingredient order can be trusted as accurate, with the content of meat products far out weighing the fillers. The inclusion of spirulinia, as well as fruit and vegitable extract, in combination with krill being the most used ingredient, results in a pellet food that fullfils an Oscar fish's dietary requirements, closely simulating the natural diet of a wild Oscar.


  • Pellet Size: Some types of this food are so small that unless you have a sand substrate, uneaten pellets will fall and find its way into the substrate. On the other side of the spectrum (pun intended) they really do not make a pellet size large enough for large fish such as cichlids (if they do, it's hard to find). The "Large Fish Formula" pellet is fine for fish the size of convicts but it a little too small for adult Oscars. (Kmuda Note: I was in PetCo 09/10/2011 and noticed an NLS "Jumbo Fish Formula" that is of sufficient size for even the largest Cichlid, so it appears NLS finally got the message, although it's a sinking pellet and I prefer a floating pellet).
  • Availability: Many New Life Spectrum foods are specialized, therefore they may not be available at every pet store you go to. You may have to order it online. (Kmuda Note: PetCo is now carrying NLS, as is BigAlsOnline.Com)
  • Product Confusion: There are so many NLS pellets, finding the "exact one" can be difficult. There are pellets for multiple species, floating pellets, sinking pellets, slow sinking pellets, garlic pellets,  with many in three to four sizes.
  • Use of Ethoxyquin: Ethoxyquin is a fat preservative found in almost all pet foods that contain fish meal. It's hard to escape as it is required by law to be included in any imported fish meals. Despite USDA guarantees of it's safety (they say the unhealthy affects are dose dependent and classify the product as "GRAS" - Generally Recognized as Safe), Ethoxyquin is widely accepted to be a cause of numerous pet ailments (cancer, liver failure, birth defects, and infertility). The maximum allowable concentration of Ethoxyquin in human grade foods is 0.5ppm. The maximum allowable concentration in pet foods is 150ppm.  Ethoxyquin may not be on the ingredient list of every NLS product label but it can be assumed to be a content of the food.