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Hikari 8.8-Ounce Cichlid Gold Floating Pellets for Pets, Mini
- Floating pellets allow easy monitoring of amount eaten
- Will not cloud water
- High in beta carotene and NS Germ, brings out natural brilliant colors
- Promotes long healthy life
- Contains stabilized vitamin C
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Size: 8.80z mini
Color enhancing, daily diet for all types of cichlids and larger tropical fish. Great for Oscars too. Hikari Cichlid Gold contains special color enhancers designed to bring out the natural beauty and proper form of cichlids and other larger tropical fish. We utilize the highest grade of ingredients formulated in exacting quantities to produce a food that will bring the brilliant colors of your fish to life.
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The best things about this food are that the first ingredient is white fish meal. It's important when evaluating any pet food that the source of animal protein is identified, in this case it's white fish. In addition many companies that manufactures pet foods get around certain guidelines by weighing the protein source prior to cooking. Being as raw meat is over 90% water prior to cooking what is often listed as the first ingredient - is in fact much lower on the list.
This Hikari formula lists "white fish meal" as the first ingredient making this food a step up in quality. I use this food in conjunction with Zoo-Meds Spirulina 20 which is incredibly rich in protein, amino acids and other essentials with virtually zero filler. This combination - with the addition of fresh blanched kale and other dark greens has brought their color out dramatically, the fish are wonderfully healthy and highly resistant to bacterial infections and other illness.
My 12" Red Devil and equally large Flowerhorn and Texas Red virtually do head stands when they see the Hiraki bag. My only complaint is the amount of filler including wheat. The first three ingredients of any fish food should without question be animal based protein. To it's credit it's free of Ethoxyquin which is often listed as a preservative but is in fact a pesticide. Which if you read the studies is especially lethal to fish - even in trace amounts. A good article can be found on Wiki-pedia which links to one of the above mentioned studies.
I start off with these big pellets so that the Parrots' mouths are full when I add the medium pellets for the medium sized cichlids. Then I throw in the smallest sized pellets for the little fish.
Everyone's happy and healthy but I do admit to having to spend 45 minutes a week cleaning the tank. The combination of fish and food produces a lot of fish fertilizer (I throw the dirty water in the front yard and the grass looks great).