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Ok, I feel I'm probably not alone here. But I am always "on the hunt" for new goldfish food LOL. I try everything that looks good that I come across. I stick to some staples but I am always looking.

Here is my experience:

Hikari purple pellets- started here and never stopped, I have never had issues with it and my fish grew huge. I like the small pellet size too.

Ingredients: Fish Meal, Wheat Germ Meal, Wheat Flour, Brewer's Dried Yeast, Starch, Dried Bakery Product, Soy Bean Meal, Gluten Meal, Fish Oil, Spirulina, Vegetable Oil, Astaxanthin, Dried Seaweed Meal, Dried A. niger Fermentation Extract, Monosodium Glutamate, Dl-methionine, Garlic, Dried B. subtilis Fermentation Product, Rice Bran, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Oil, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Disodium Phosphate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, and Calcium Iodate.

Hikari lionhead pellets- good, no bad reactions, I like this food but prefer to use the purple (above)

Ingredients

Fish meal, wheat flour, krill meal, carotenoid fortifier, soybean protein, spirulina, seaweed meal, enzyme, DL-methionine, monosodium glutamate, garlic, and vitamins and minerals including stabilized Vitamin C.

Pro-gold pellets- love that its made in the USA, and I wanted to like this food, but sadly about 50% of my fish got floaty off of it. I even tried breakin up the pellets into smaller bits and that didnt help.

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!. Pro-Gold is a sinking pellet that includes Krill, Fish, Shrimp, Wheat, Spirulina and Alfalfa as the main ingredients.

Spirulnia flakes from goldfishconnection - my fish liked them, easy to use, but I can cook veggies too, no issues with food, but no ingredients list. You could probably email him if needed.

Mazuri gel food- great results, lots of growth. Here are the two I tried.

Omnivore: Fish meal, spinach, carrot powder, fish oil, gelatin, shrimp meal, soybean oil, spirulina algae, salt, dried kelp, betain, potassium chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), xanthan gum, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfate (source of vitamin K), biotin, calcium pantothenate, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (source of vitamin E), canthazanthin, inositol, cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), thiamin mononitrate, nicotinic acid, folic acid, beta carotene, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, ethoxyquin (a preservative), zinc oxide, cyancocobalamin (vitamin B12), manganous oxide, ferrous sulfate, ferrous carbonate, copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, calcium iodate, calcium carbonate, colbalt carbonate.

5M70: Fish meal, poultry meal, fish oil, flash dried blood meal, L-lysine, potassium chloride, DL-methionine, spirulina algae meal, salt, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfate (source of vitamin K), L-tryptophan, saccharmoyces cerevisiae, taurine, dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate (source of vitamin E), magnesium oxide, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, choline chloride, vitamin A acetate, inositol, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D), manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, calcium carbonate, folic acid, thiamin mononitrate, cyanocobalamin (source of viatmin B12), nicotinic acid, copper sulfate, riboflavin, zinc oxide, calcium iodate.

Omega one pellets- love the ingredients for my fishes, BUT the large size pellets make my fish floaty and the small seem to be fine, so I recommend feeding the small pellets even to the big fish. They like hunting for food anyway haha.

Ingredients: Whole Salmon, Cod, Halibut, Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Whole Kelp, Spirulina, 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)

New Life spectrum pellets- good food, I like others better, no bad reaction from my fish.

Ingredients: 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 B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine, Biotin, DL Alpha tocopherol (E), L-Ascorbyl-2-Poliphosphate ©, Choline, Chloride Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Ethoxyquin (Preservative)

Repashy gel food- Love! My fish like it a lot, so do my snails. I'm feeding soilent green. No float issues and no gluten in this one so it is safe for me to make.

INGREDIENTS: Chlorella Algae, Spirulina Algae, Whole Krill Meal, Whole Squid Meal, Whole Sardine Meal, Alfalfa Leaf Meal, Whole Anchovy Meal, Germinated Brown Rice Protein Concentrate, Pea Protein Isolate, Dried Brewers Yeast, Stabilized Rice Bran, Dried Kelp, Carrageenan Algae, Konjac, Carob Bean Gum, Schizochytrium Algae, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Propionate, Phaffia Rhodozyma Yeast, Paprika Extract, Calendula Flower Powder, Marigold Flower Extract, Rose Hips Powder, Turmeric Root Powder, Malic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Canthaxanthin, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Gluconate, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract and Mixed Tocopherols (as preservatives), Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement).

Hai Feng Quick Grow floating pellets- it was $3.99 so I thought, why not? My fish really liked it and oddly enough didnt get floaty off it. Although I didn't love the high amounts of wheat and soy. So I didn't buy this again.

Ingredients:

Fish Meal, Wheat Germ, Wheat Flour, Soybean Meal , Shrimp Meal, Spirulina, Corn Meal, L-Lysine Hydrochloride, Dried Sour Whey, Algae Meal, Lecithin,Choline, BHT, Citric Acid, Calcium Phosphate Monobasic, Minerals, 16 vitamins, and natural color.

Hikari frozen bloodworms- a must have, I think bloodworms are fish magic lol. It improves wen, shape, and helps get fish ready for breeding. Conditioning or grooming a fish is much faster with daily feedings of this too. I buy the flats vs the cubes so I can feed an easily chosen amount, more for bigger fish and less for little.

Hikari frozen brine shrimp- another wen helper. The fish love it and it is a cheaper way to get more live food in the diet. I buy in flat.

San fransisco bay frozen brine shrimp- good, cheaper than hikari usually, but I like hikaris guarantee of the food being pure without contaminants. I've never had an issue with this brand though. I buy in flat.

Blanched de-shelled peas (organic)- fish love them! Not always best for any floaty fish though I prefer spinach for that

Blanched spinach (organic)- a favorite with my fish. Everyone likes it and I have never had an issue with it. This has helped constipated or floaty fish of mine many times.

Canned green beans (organic)- love them, but I feed this less often than spinach.

Hard boiled egg yolk- fish love it but what a mess! Only did this once and then never again lol

Orange, yes the fruit- half the fish liked it but its sugary so I barely ever feed this.

Live baby brine shrimp- great for fry, but a pain! Lol I much prefer other methods.

Decapsulated brine shrimp eggs- so cool, fry love it and it is sooooooo easy to feed. I like to add it to gel food sometimes for more protein too. I find this on eBay.

Hikari first bites- pretty good, but makes a mess in my fry tanks. I prefer the decap eggs (above)

Ingredients:

Fish meal, milt meal, wheat flour, Antarctic krill meal, clam meal, spirulina, seaweed meal, dl-methionine, monosodium glutamate, garlic, enzyme, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K), thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacin, calcium pantothenate, biotin, choline chloride, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C), inositol, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt sulfate, magnesium sulfate, aluminum hydroxide.

I have been interested in kens fish food lately, anyone tried that? I might just get some and find out lol. He has an earthworm pellet, veggie pellet, and a spirulina one too. Fell free to share your thoughts on foods or others I haven't tried. I thought this might be useful.

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Could you tell me why you prefer the Hikari Purple to Hikari Lionhead? I've heard really good things about both and my fish are currently on Hikari lionhead.

However, I've read Hikari Purple (or Saki Hikari Purple I think) recently added a new formula and it now includes MSG? I am not sure. I actually am looking to add that to my fish's diet just wanted to get your opinion since you actually tried it.

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Could you tell me why you prefer the Hikari Purple to Hikari Lionhead? I've heard really good things about both and my fish are currently on Hikari lionhead.?

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However, I've read Hikari Purple (or Saki Hikari Purple I think) recently added a new formula and it now includes MSG? I am not sure. I actually am looking to add that to my fish's diet just wanted to get your opinion since you actually tried it.

As Allison stated above, these are all considered good foods. What works for you, and you what you prefer, will not be the same as the next person. :)

For example, I actually prefer the Lionhead over the Hikari purple, and my fish do much better on HL, but not Saki Hikari.

The MSG has been in there for quite some time, if not all the time. Also, while MSG may be bad for some of us, that cannot be interpreted broadly to translate to being bad for fish. :)

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Could you tell me why you prefer the Hikari Purple to Hikari Lionhead? I've heard really good things about both and my fish are currently on Hikari lionhead.

However, I've read Hikari Purple (or Saki Hikari Purple I think) recently added a new formula and it now includes MSG? I am not sure. I actually am looking to add that to my fish's diet just wanted to get your opinion since you actually tried it.

As Allison stated above, these are all considered good foods. What works for you, and you what you prefer, will not be the same as the next person. :)

For example, I actually prefer the Lionhead over the Hikari purple, and my fish do much better on HL, but not Saki Hikari.

The MSG has been in there for quite some time, if not all the time. Also, while MSG may be bad for some of us, that cannot be interpreted broadly to translate to being bad for fish. :)

Thanks for your input. Definitely wanted to try it out. At worst I can rotate.

So far, they seemed to be loving the HL and NLS. I also have this large pond food for Koi (another Japanese name but since the store gave it to me to sample, it came in a plastic jar so cannot remember the name) . The pellets are quite large and they float, however if i soak and crumble with my fingers, they sink and my fish seem to really love it. Haven't been using that as much though since it does cloud up the tank quite a bit (and my fish looooooove the HL)

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Could you tell me why you prefer the Hikari Purple to Hikari Lionhead? I've heard really good things about both and my fish are currently on Hikari lionhead.

However, I've read Hikari Purple (or Saki Hikari Purple I think) recently added a new formula and it now includes MSG? I am not sure. I actually am looking to add that to my fish's diet just wanted to get your opinion since you actually tried it.

My fish just happen to do better on it. I don't love all the ingredients, but it has worked well. :) I recommend just giving them a try.

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Nice list of foods.

Very informative, and I liked reading your opinions of each one.

I have used the Hikari (Purple bag), an brand called North Fin Veggie formula, and am now trying Hikari Lionhead.

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I was wondering, I'm about to make an order from Goldfish Connections: My cart includes

  1. Metro-Meds - Medi-Gold Combo (The largest one)
  2. Pro Gold
  3. Shrimp Pellets
  4. Aqua Prazi -- Just in Case

I'm about to start treating a fish for dropsy so I need the Metro Meds anyhow. I wanted to know if there's any other food or meds that I need to stock my cabinet with just as a precaution. Considering I live on an island there aren't much on hand. I saw a post about good meds to have on hand I think I'm forgetting one called Marcyn ...? I"m not sure. I'll look it up in the mean time I just want to get this important order out.

I really like the feedback that I'veread regarding Repashy so I might get that next week to try out.. Which version is better?

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Wonderful post, by the way!!! :heart

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This is something I'm considering giving a try, minus the suction cup.

Although my goldies are not marine life, I prefer the ingredients in it over the tropical variety. It'd probably be more of a treat than a staple food, but I can already picture them going crazy.

Ingredients: Fish Meal, Dried Seaweed Meal, Cornstarch, Fish Oil, Krill, Squid, Mussel, Shrimp, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol, dl-Alpha-Tocoperol Acetate, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Nicotinamide, Inositol, Copper Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Ferrous Sulfate, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12 Supplement, Biotin.

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I was wondering, I'm about to make an order from Goldfish Connections: My cart includes

  • Metro-Meds - Medi-Gold Combo (The largest one)
  • Pro Gold
  • Shrimp Pellets
  • Aqua Prazi -- Just in Case
I'm about to start treating a fish for dropsy so I need the Metro Meds anyhow. I wanted to know if there's any other food or meds that I need to stock my cabinet with just as a precaution. Considering I live on an island there aren't much on hand. I saw a post about good meds to have on hand I think I'm forgetting one called Marcyn ...? I"m not sure. I'll look it up in the mean time I just want to get this important order out.

I really like the feedback that I'veread regarding Repashy so I might get that next week to try out.. Which version is better?

The medi gold and metro med and prazi powder are the most common medications we ever use other than plain salt with no anti caking or other additives and plain Epsom salt for dropsy. For plain salt you can get sea salt or canning and pickling salt, just double check the ingredients. Pro gold is made of great stuff, I hope it works out for yours :) I haven't tried the shrimp pellets but many other members have and liked the results. My fish loved the spirulina flakes too, they aren't really like flakes though, they are more like mini sinking wafers. As far as repashy goes most of us use the soilent green formula. This does tend to cause yellowing in white fish, intensify reds in red fish, and I haven't said this anywhere else yet but I think it promotes black fish to color change. This is due to high algae content in the food. My black ranchu started going bronze on it so I stopped giving it as frequently in his tank and he is back to solid black. I feed it frequently to all my other fish though. I also really like saki hikari the purple bag and my cup hasn't changed colors on it.

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Oh and I love his square air stones for QT tanks. They are nice because they don't try and float up and they really disperse bubbles nicely. Maybe add the two pack of air stones if you can.

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I was wondering, I'm about to make an order from Goldfish Connections: My cart includes

  • Metro-Meds - Medi-Gold Combo (The largest one)
  • Pro Gold
  • Shrimp Pellets
  • Aqua Prazi -- Just in Case
I'm about to start treating a fish for dropsy so I need the Metro Meds anyhow. I wanted to know if there's any other food or meds that I need to stock my cabinet with just as a precaution. Considering I live on an island there aren't much on hand. I saw a post about good meds to have on hand I think I'm forgetting one called Marcyn ...? I"m not sure. I'll look it up in the mean time I just want to get this important order out.

I really like the feedback that I'veread regarding Repashy so I might get that next week to try out.. Which version is better?

The medi gold and metro med and prazi powder are the most common medications we ever use other than plain salt with no anti caking or other additives and plain Epsom salt for dropsy. For plain salt you can get sea salt or canning and pickling salt, just double check the ingredients. Pro gold is made of great stuff, I hope it works out for yours :) I haven't tried the shrimp pellets but many other members have and liked the results. My fish loved the spirulina flakes too, they aren't really like flakes though, they are more like mini sinking wafers. As far as repashy goes most of us use the soilent green formula. This does tend to cause yellowing in white fish, intensify reds in red fish, and I haven't said this anywhere else yet but I think it promotes black fish to color change. This is due to high algae content in the food. My black ranchu started going bronze on it so I stopped giving it as frequently in his tank and he is back to solid black. I feed it frequently to all my other fish though. I also really like saki hikari the purple bag and my cup hasn't changed colors on it.

Oh and I love his square air stones for QT tanks. They are nice because they don't try and float up and they really disperse bubbles nicely. Maybe add the two pack of air stones if you can.

Thank you so much. I think I'm going to go ahead and push this through. I'm also liking the feedback for the Hikari Lionhead but I'll slow down and see. My two black Lionheads turned bronze (one way more than the other) within a week of having them. I'll see what happens on these.

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