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Goldfish Food Ingredients List


Thought it might help people if we all posted the ingredients in our manufactured goldfish food.

I'll go first:

Ocean Nutrition Spirulina Flakes

It's ingredients are as follows:

"Plant meals, Spirulina, Fish soluables, whole sardine, salmon fillets, lecithin, krill, kelp, brewars yeast, salmon oil, mineral premix, vitamin premix, brine shrimp embryos, adult brine shrimp, caroteniod pigments and preservatives.






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I feed omega one goldfish pellets:

Min. Crude Protein...........33%

Min. Crude Fat................8%

Max. Crude Fiber..............2%

Max. Moisture...............8.5%

Max. Ash......................8%

Min. Phosphorus.............(.5%)

Min. Omega 3..................1%

Min. Omega 6................(.5%)

INGREDIENTS: Whole Salmon, Whole Herring, Whole Shrimp, Wheat Flour,

Wheat Gluten, Fresh Kelp, Soy Flour, Astaxanthin,

L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (Source of Vitamin C),

Natural and Artificial Colors, Vitamin A Acetate,Vitamin D3 Supplement,

Vitamin E Supplement,Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin,

Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol,

Tocopherol (Preservative), Ethoxyquin (Preservative).

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I was getting them from the LFS, but when they started making the process difficult (not keeping it in stock and not ordering when I placed an order, not telling me they didn't place the order, and then making up stories about why it didn't come in) I took my business online, via ebay and ordered 5 jars at a time.

BTW, did you know that Ethoxyquin is a pesticide and is condsidered a carcinogen? I don't know if Ocean Nutrician Spirulina Flakes have it, since all they do is say the product contains "preservatives." It's a preservative that's not highly regarded in the pet (dog/cat) communities.

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Finally. I can list down everything from my archives.;)

Hikari Lionhead

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein.......46%

Crude Fat.............6%

Crude Fiber...........5%


Crude Ash...........12%


1. Specially formulated ingredients, including a higher level of necessary amino acids promote superior growth and desirable, true lionhead form.

2. Using Hikari Lionhead eliminates the parasite and bacteria problems normally associated with feeding live foods and gives your pet their best chance of a healthy, long life free of infections or disease caused by these pests.

3. Bio-Technology allows us to provide a diet that helps develop coloration not expected in goldfish raised indoors due to lack of natural UV. This technology also helps prevent fading of your pet's colors over time.

4. High in stabilized vitamin C, Hikari Lionhead helps reduce stress and promotes immunity to infectious disease.

5. A sinking pellet that will not dissolve and therefore does not cloud your water.


Fish meal, wheat flour, krill meal, carotenoid fortifier, soybean protein, spirulina, seaweed meal, enzyme, DL-methionine, monosodium glutamate, garlic, vitamin A, vitamin D3, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacin, calcium pantothenate, biotin, choline chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, inositol, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt sulfate, magnesium sulfate, aluminum hydroxide.


Protein content is just right for young goldfish. So far, this product has rave reviews especially as this is a sinking type thus most goldfish are less likely to have swim bladder issues from the air they ingest from feeding on the surface. Added protein also increases growth rate of the wen growth by orandas and ranchus as is designed specially for both variants although it will work equally well with those that do not have wen growths.

Hikari Oranda Gold


1. The specially formulated ingredients provide marvelous growth and promote desirable, true lionhead development normally not possible without feeding live foods while eliminating the parasite and bacteria problems normally associated with this type of feeding.

2. Through Bio-Technology we offer you a diet that promotes coloration not normally expected in goldfish raised indoors due to an extreme lack of UV. This technology also helps prevent fading of your pet's color over time.

3. High in stabilized vitamin C, Hikari Oranda Gold helps reduce stress and promotes immunity to infectious disease.

4. A floating pellet which allows you to easily monitor and adjust the amount of food fed to avoid over-feeding and never clouds your water.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein.......45%

Crude Fat.............8%

Crude Fiber...........5%


Crude Ash...........12%


Protein and fats content are just right for young goldfish. So far, this product has rave reviews despite the fact it is a floating type. See Hikari Lionhead reviews for more details.

Hikari Wheatgerm

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein 32% Min.

Crude Fat 4% Min.

Crude Fiber 4% Max.

Moisture 12% Max.

Ash 12% Max.

Phosphorus 0.7% Min.


wheat-germ meal, krill meal, fish meal, wheat flour, rice germ meal, bran, gluten meal, soybean protein, enzyme, monosodium glutamate, garlic, vitamins and minerals including stabilized vitamin C


Vitamin A - 8,500 IU/kg

Vitamin C - 120 mg/kg

Vitamin D3 - 1,700 IU/kg

Vitamin E - 1,000 mg/kg

Vitamin K - 2.5 mg/kg

Copper - 13 mg/kg


Pointing to the direction of the starches influencing the functioning of the GI tract of the fish based by Dataguru of GAB, eight of the top ingredients are grain-based, all of which can cause gas production when digested by the fish thus causing swim bladder disorders. Proteins and fats are very low, both of which would have proven essential for the growing goldfish. As with all other commercial foods, fiber is also low and while this lessens the production of wastes, this is not good for the GI tract.

Nutrafin Max Goldfish Flakes


Crude Protein 33%

Crude Fat 5%

Crude Fiber 3%

Phosphorous 0.6%


Moisture 8%

Phosphorous 0.9%.

Ash 8%


fish meal, corn flour, wheat flour, pre-digested plankton, soy flour, oat meal, squid meal, fish liver meal, wheat gluten meal, squid liver meal, fish oil, dried yeast, shrimp meal, laver aquatic plant, amino acid, krill, wheat germ meal, lecithin, vanillin, chlorophyll, citric acid, Vit. A, D3, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, Vit. D- Pantothenic Acid, Vit. C (L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate), inositol, biotin, niacin, ethoxyquin (preservative)


Wow... look at all the grains in that one, including soy (which may be the most likely grain to cause gas). They also do ingredient splitting too with the wheat so that it appears that the fish meal is the largest ingredient (by Dataguru of GAB).

51% digestible carbs (mostly from grains)

3% fiber

33% protein

5% fat

8% ash

New Life Spectrum-Goldfish Formula


Krill meal, Fish Meal( herring), Wheat flour, Algae Meal, soy isolate, Fish oil, Spirulina, Beta carotene, All essential amino Acids, Vitamins and trace elements. The protein percentages vary(34-50%), depending on specific formula, with Ash content is usually below 9%. Fat (Omegas 3 & 6) is 5-9%, moisture is around 6-7%. Some formulas such as Thera+A contains extra Garlic, and the Finicky Fish formula contains a large amount of mussel. For more detailed information, read the label on the jar.

krill meal, fish meal, wheat flour, Amino acids, Algae meal, Soybean meal, fish oil, beta carotene, spirulina, vitamin A acetate, D-activated Animal Sterol (D3), Vitamin B12 supplement, Riboflavin supplement, Niacin, folic acid, Calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine, hydrochloride, thiamine, biotin, DL Alphatocopherol (E), l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate ©, Choline chloride, cobalt sulfate, copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, ethylenedamine, dihydroiodide, Ethoxyquin (preservative).

Guaranteed Analysis

protein (min): 34%

Fat (min): 5%

Fiber (max): 5%

Ash (max): 9%

Moisture (max): 10%

Vit A (min): 8000 IU/kg

Vit D (min): 450 IU/kg

Vit E (min): 200 UI/kg

Reviews by Dataguru

Fairly low protein which isn't optimal for young growing goldies and on the low end in terms of fat. As I understand it, in fish, fat in the diet spares protein for tissue building. I would not expect to see optimal growth.

They're not doing ingredient splitting so krill meal and fish meal are the top two ingredients. It's good that they use algae meal and spirulina because those are similar to foods they'd be eating in a natural body of water, however both occur after the wheat flour which means the food contains more wheat flour than algae meal. Since spirulina is way down the list at the point where they start listing vitamins, there's not much spirulina at all in it. Both the beta carotene and the spirulina provide precursers for color pigments. Given the order of the ingredients, I'd suspect a good portion of the digestable carbs come from the wheat flour which I don't like.

They say: "This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Foliate and Manganese."

My problem with wheat flour is that it's not like the carbs they'd be getting from algae and green leafy plants. As with most commercial foods, it's low in fiber which is great for reducing the amount of poop, but I'm not sure how healthy it is for their GI tract.

Omega One Sinking Pellets


Whole salmon, Whole herring, Whole shrimp, Wheat flour, Wheat gluten, Fresh kelp, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate, Nat.+Art. Color, Vit. A, Vit D3, Vit E, Vit. B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Folic acid, Biotin, Inositol, Tocopherol, Ethoxyquin*

Guaranteed Analysis


Protein: 33%

Fat: 10%

Fiber: 2%

Phosphorus: .5

Omega 3: 1

Omega 6: .5


Moisture: 8.5

Ash: 8


The ingredient list starts out good, with the whole fish. but when I look at dry protein, it's only 33%. I would have expected higher. How come it's only 33% protein with all that fish in it? They're doing ingredient splitting with the wheat, listing flour and gluten separately. That's why protein isn't as high as I expected with the first three ingredients listed as fish. When I subtract the proportions they give to get digestible carbs it comes out to:

47% Digestible carbs (some from the kelp, but most from the wheat flour I'd bet)

2% fiber

10% fat

33% protein

8% ash

Wheat gluten is a heat treated, fairly digestible, source of protein that's less expensive than protein derived from fish or shellfish.

That food's pretty low in fat as well, although it does contain the essential fatty acids. I don't think it would be a good growth food, because from what I've read, fats are used for energy and spare protein for tissue building. Pretty low in fiber like commercial foods usually are. Minimizes the amount of poop, but I'm not convinced that's a good thing.

Dainichi Goldfish Ultima


White fish meal, wheat flour, shrimp meal, wheat germ, soybean meal, krill, spirulina, brewer's yeast, powdered milk, vitamin mix, mineral mix, garlic, protease, natural gum

Guaranteed analysis

Crude protein: min 41%

Crude Fat: min 4%

Crude Fiber: max 4%

Calcium: min 2%

Moisture: max 9%


Low fiber which should result in less poop. Good for tank maintenance but I'm not sure it's good for the fish.

Fairly low fat--as I understand it, fish use fat for energy and that spares the protein for growth/tissue building, so it wouldn't be great for young growing goldies. Should be ok for adult goldies if they aren't sensitive to grains and other fresh foods are also fed.

Both krill and spirulina should supply color pigment precursors.

TetraFin Goldfish Crisps


fish meal, fish oil, dried yeast, corn starch, shrimp meal, wheat gluten, ground brown rice, potato protein, dehulled soybean meal, monobasic calcium phosphate, algae meal, lecithin, krill, l-carnitine, guar gum, ascorbic acid (source of vit C), inositol, niacin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C), d-calcium pantothenate, a-toco-pherol-acetate (source of vitamin E), riboflavin-5-phosphate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A palmitate, folic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, biotin, cyanocobalamin (source of vitamin B12), cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), manganese sulfate,zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, cobalt nitrate, canthaxanthin, blue 2 lake, red 3 dye, yellow 5 lake, ethoxyquin (preservative), citric acid (preservative)

Guaranteed Analysis

min crude protein 44.0%

min crude fat 13.0%

max crude fiber 2.0%

max moisture 9.0%

min phosphorus 1.6%

min niacin 550 mg/Kg

min choline 1700 mg/Kg

min l-carnitine 152 mg/Kg

min inositol 1100 mg/Kg

min vitamin C 285 mg/Kg

Hikari Goldfish Gold


fish meal, corn, bran, wheat flour, soybean meal, krill meal, gluten meal, enzyme dl-methionine, canthaxanthin, astaxanthin, garlic, monosodium glutamate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride,vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, choline chloride, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vit C), inositol, salt, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt sulfate, magnesium sulfate, aluminium hydroxide

Ingredients (from website)

white fish meal, wheat flour, wheat-germ meal, brewer's dried yeast, soybean, meal, shrimp meal, dehydrated alfalfa meal, carotene, NS germ, vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin K3, vitamin B12, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin), magnesium carbonate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate

Guaranteed Analysis

min crude protein 32%

min crude fat 4%

max crude fiber 5%

max moisture 10%

max crude ash 12%

min phosphorous 1%

Typical Analysis

protein 35%

oil 4.8%

fiber 2.2%

ash 10%

phosphorous 1.2%

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Hikari Goldfish Bio-Gold

Ingredients (from website)

shrimp meal, white fish meal, brewer's dried yeast, wheat flour, soybean meal, wheat-germ meal, carotene, protease, thiamine, mono-nitrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine, hydrochloride, vitamin A, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C), vitamin, B12, biotin, calcium pantothenate, choline chloride, vitamin D3, folic acid, menadione, sodium bi-sulfite (source of vitamin K), inositol, par-aminobenzoic acid, zinc sulfide, salt, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, aluminum hydroxide, manganese sulfate

Guaranteed Analysis

min crude protein 30%

min crude fat 3%

max crude fiber 1.5%

max moisture 10%

max ash 12%

Azoo 9 in 1 Gold Fish Pellet


White Fish Meal, Shrimp Meal, Soybean Meal, Yeast Powder, Fish Meal, Flour, Spirulina, Kelp, Powder, Scallop Powder, Glucan, PSB, Multi-vitamins, Minerals.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein min. 33.0%

Crude Fat min. 3.0%

Crude Fiber max. 5.0%

Moisture max. 5.0%

Sera Flora (thick flakes)


fish meal, wheat flour, spirulina, brewer's dried yeast (uncertain about this, original is levure seche de torule instead of biere), algae meal, nettle, spinach, alfalfa, carrots, paprika, parsley, fish oil, vegetable oil.

Added vitamins

Vit. A 36,000 IU, Vit. D3 2,000 IU, Vit. E 120 mg, Vit B1 40 mg, Vit B2 90 mg, stab. Vit C 550 mg.


Moisture 6.7%

Crude Proteins 46.2%

Crude Fat 6.1%

Crude Fiber 2.9%

Ashes 11.8%


Protein content is high which is quite appropriate for young goldfish but excess proteins cannot be utilized by adult goldfish thus the water tends to become more polluted as a result. I can see at least 2 kinds of starches used so I believe this will work just fine. As these are flakes, flakes expand so I would suggest presoaking it for floaty sensitive goldfish.

Sera Goldy Royal (pellets)


fish meal, wheat flour, brewer's yeast, wheat germ, spinach, nettle, spirulina, herring oil.

Added vitamins

Vit A. 30,000 IU, Vit. D3 1,500 IU, Vit. E 60 mg, Vit B1 30 mg, Vit B2 90 mg, stab. Vit C 550 mg.


Moisture 5.0%

Crude Proteins 37.9%

Crude Fat 5.0%

Crude Fiber 4.2%

Ashes 8.5%


Protein content is low which is quite appropriate for adult goldfish. Three ingredients are grain-based which means the food is basically mostly of starch. It will work with pond types and round bodied goldfish but I would make this brand a small portion of the diet due to the high amount of grain involved for round bodied strains.

Premium Goldfish Pellet (No Carb Sinking)


Zero Carbohydrate Advantage:

Scientific research shows protein is highly digestible by most fish, carbohydrates are not, poorly digested ingredients pollute your tank. Most foods have more than 30% carbs; This is the first fish food formulate without using any cereal grains, grain proteins, glutens, carbohydrates, starches or fibers. We use only sea-based protein sources, like spirullana, that contain very small amounts of carbs. Our highly digestible protein rich foods are great for your fish, great for your tank and great for your pocketbook.

The Right Balance In One Food:

You no longer have to purchase one food to enhance the color of your fish, another for spiruliana, one for garlic and still another food for clear and clean water. Brings out the color on your fish with natural color enhancer's.

Dramatic Health Advantages:

Our propriety blend of bioceuticals will quickly and dramatically improve your fish's ability to fight disease and parasites. This propriety technology will significantly reduce the aggressive tendencies between fish in a community tank. We have designed our foods for improved health, long life and great taste.

Dramatic Increase in Breeding:

These well balanced pellets will also increase your spawning results because the food is highly digestible. Your fish will absorb more of the food which will increase there egg production and breeding behaviors.


Green Pea, Soy Concentrate, Herring Meal, Spirulina, Garlic, Yeast, Yeast Extracts, DL Methionine, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Marigold Extract, Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, Paprika Oleoresin, Choline Chloride, Betaine Anhydrous, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Stabilized Vitamin C), Rosemary Extract, Astaxanthin, Mixed Tocopherols, Canthaxanthin, Beta Carotene, Inositol, Vitamin E Supplement, Biotin, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K3), Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Selenium Yeast, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Bacillus Licheniformis, Bacillus Pumilus, Bacillus Coagulans, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min) 48%

Crude Fat/Oil (min) 3%

Crude Fiber (max) 8%,

Moisture (max) 10%

Reviews by Dataguru

It's difficult to tell what's what with their nutritional analysis as they give min and max values based on those fiber is higher than your typical fish food and fat is lower than I'd like it (around 10%). There's 31% left after you add up the above which would be other carbs and ash (minerals). I'd suspect given peas is the first ingredient, this food would be fairly high in simple sugars.

Their foods are not zero carbs. and you wouldn't want a staple food for goldies that contains no carbs. Goldies are omnivores.

>Ingredients: Green Pea, Soy Concentrate, Herring Meal, Spiruliana

Note that soy is higher up in the ingredient list than the herring. That's because soy is cheaper. Soy may also cause gas.

Color enhancers listed


Marigold Extract (Maybe)


Beta Carotene

Spirulina is a great source of color precursers. Astaxanthin and Beta Carotene are as well.

The things I'd worry about with this food are

1) too much simple sugars from the peas

2) not enough fat

3) soy may cause gassiness

It should be ok to feed as part of a varied diet although I would not feed it as a staple food.

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Thanks for your huge contribution Lupin.

One thing that surprised me in reading the Hikari ingredients was that their food contains MSG. That would be a deal breaker for me. MSG is some nasty stuff. I wonder why these companies can't just make a straight-forward normal/healthy food (I ask the same thing when I read the incredients on dog food bags).

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Thanks for your huge contribution Lupin.

One thing that surprised me in reading the Hikari ingredients was that their food contains MSG. That would be a deal breaker for me. MSG is some nasty stuff. I wonder why these companies can't just make a straight-forward normal/healthy food (I ask the same thing when I read the incredients on dog food bags).

I can't find the other reference but you may check this.


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I know MSG does occur naturally in certain things and it'd be interesting to know more about it's addition to the GF foods.

I'm another person who gets a sort of "sick" feeling if I eat food with added MSG. I get a real "I've been out drinking all night" hung over feeling.......headache in the back of my skull, sore neck and shoulders, tightness in the chest and sort of a tight breathing. Real weird, and so I personally avoid the stuff.

MSG is used as a color enhancer as well as a flavor enhancer, so maybe it's part of how they're "making" the fish look all bright and colorful?

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I know that MSG is in a natural seaweed, but the extracts are man made MSG... im very sensitive to any of it and get really sick.... i refuse to give it to my fish nor my cats..

One reason I either make there food or I use progold... its all Natural :panana

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Pro-gold Ingredients (from the bag)

Krill Meal, Fish meal, shrimp meal, wheat flour, alfalfa, spirulina, Immunostimulant, fish oil and much more...

From the website:

There's more!

Pro-Gold also includes a natural immunostimulant to stimulate the immune system and probiotics to support the good bacteria in your goldfish's intestinal track. Plus, all the essential vitamins and minerals to keep your fish healthy.

NO Hormones, NO Artificial Coloring, NO Chicken or Beef Bi-Products and No Blood Meal!

Just fresh, high quality, 100% natural ingredients, produced and milled in a Federal inspected plant right here in the United States!

Now Here's the Best Part!

Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are the "building blocks" for growth and tissue repair in your goldfish's body. There are ten amino acids that your goldfish cannot produce which they must receive in their diet. Deficiency of protein or failure to obtain enough of even 1 of the 10 essential amino acids will result in no or slow growth and poor health for your goldfish. Pro-Gold supplies a perfect balance of ALL Ten Essential Amino Acids that your goldfish do not produce themselves.

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Yeah, I'd resd that on the various websites, but was looking for the actual list that's on the bag, and the percentages, rather than just the "fluff" of "wow, our food is great, here's some of what's in there."

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Omega One Shrimp Pellets

Min. Crude Protein: 38%

Min. Crude Fat 8%

Max crude Fiber: 2%

Max Crude Moisture: 8.5%

Max. Ash: 10%

Min. Phosphorous: .5%

Min. Omega 3: 2%

Min. Omega 6: 1%


Whole Shrimp, Whole Salmon, Cod, Whole herring, Seafood Mx (including Krill, Rockfish, Shrimp, Squid, Clams, Salmon Eggs, and Octopus), Wheat Flour, Fresh Kelp, Spirulina, Lecithin, Astaxanthin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Natural and Artificial Colors, Vitamin A acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Panthothenic Acidm Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Tocopherol (Preservative), Ethoxyquin (Preservative)

Wardley's Shrimp Pellets

Min. Crude Protein: 30%

Min. Crude Fat: 3%

Max Crude Fiber: 10%

Max Crude Moisture: 10%

Min.Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): 400 mg/kg


Shrimp Meal, Ground Wheat, Fish Meat, Animal Fat preserved with BHA (a preservative), Salt, Betaine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidnol Bisulfite, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Acetate, d-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate, Cholecalciferol (Source of Vitamin D3), Calcium Pantothenate, Cyanocobakamin (source of Vitamon B12), Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Manganous Oxide, Zinc oxide, Ferrous Carbonate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Carbonate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite.

Wardley's sure does have a lot of crap in it. My fish don't seem to like it LOL

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wow when the ingredients are actually WRITTEN out like this you really see some of the junk in those things! I really must go back to ProGold, but I hate how it decomposes.

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Wardley's sure does have a lot of crap in it. My fish don't seem to like it LOL

That's why I switched over to Omega One Tay... ;)

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i been feeding TD's guppies with the ground up particles left in my progold bag... WOW do they eat it all :o

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And there's that ethoxyquin showing up again. I need to contact the folks who make my spirulina flake and see what they use for preservatives since they don't spell it out.....probably for good reason.

So how come we're not hearing from the pro-gold users? Where's that ingredients list people?

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Yeah I heard about ethoxyquin. I don't think it's avoidable with commercial foods in general though. I don't know how much it would affect fish in the small doses its given- I and others have had fish live for quite a while eating those foods...

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Well, it's a Monsanto product, the test data on it, from what I've read online, is "incomplete." It's a pesticide that's somehow cheap enough to use as a preservative in fish. Manufacturers can choose not to use it, but do so because it's inexpensive, and who knows what leverage is being placed by Monsanto.

If you want to get a taste of what Monsanto is capable of, rent the DVD, "Food Inc."

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Here's the back of a Pro-Gold bag. Thanks to forum member wigglies for taking the time to photograph and upload it for me!


Edited by austinado16
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Just called the folks at Ocean Nutrition, located in Salt Lake City, UT, and I've followed up with an email. I spoke with a rep in customer service and he's going to try to find out what they use as "preservatives" in the Spirulina Flakes product, and try to get a list of vitamins and minerals as well. Currently, the ingredients label just says "Vitamin Premix.......Mineral Premix......Preservatives."

He did tell me that the food has been being made in Thailand, but that is coming to an end and they are moving production to here in California. They're also interested in hearing from consumers about their labeling, because they're trying to improve that information.

I'll post back when I hear from him.

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As promised, here is the response from Ocean Nutrition:

Dear Todd,

We looked into the ingredient list for you and discovered that the Ocean

Nutrition Spriulina Flakes contain butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated

hydroxytoluene (BHT), and capsoquin (which is derived from ethoxyquin) as

preservatives. It appears almost all fish flake manufacturers (Omega One,

TetraMin, Nutrafin, New Life Spectrum, etc .) use some form of these

preservatives in their flake foods. This is attributable to the fact that

preservatives (like ethoxyquin) are often added to the fish meal that is

used as a base for these foods. All of the preservatives in our Spirulina

Flakes are antioxidants and, with regards to capsoquin/ethoxyquin, there

appears to be a lack of scientific evidence

to show that the compounds are unsafe when used at approved levels or to

warrant action against its use in pet foods. Some studies even show there

may be benefits to using these compounds in appropriate doses to prevent

oxidative stress and cancers.

We understand that consumers want to see more natural products on the

shelves these days so we will keep this in mind; however, since the use of

these preservatives is currently an industry standard and deemed as safe, we

will continue producing the same product unless there is a demand for change

in the industry as a whole. One thing that we are in the process of doing,

however, is updating our labels so that they list specific ingredients. That

way consumers will be better informed and will be able to make decisions

about whether to purchase products containing specific preservatives. Please

feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions.


Cody Chapin, M.Sc.

Marketing & Sales, Ocean Nutrition Americas

8239 Enterprise Drive

Newark, CA 94560

E-mail: chapinc@oceannutrition.com

Phone: +1 (800) 624-7322, Ext. 126

Fax: +1 (510) 792-5360

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