Comments: Having kept and raised Fancy Gold fish over the past 35 years it feels like there are few foods In haven't tried. For years I've used Hikari Color Enhancing pellets and felt the formula was worth the expense however the formula has changed and not for the better.It's touted as their most advanced formula, but I was concerned that the formula included MSG (monosodium glutamate) A soy based product known to cause migraines and a myriad of other problems.
MSG is a flavor enhancer, what it does is fool the brain into perceiving that certain foods taste better than they actually would without the addition of MSG. Abundant research concludes it makes otherwise unpalatable food highly palatable.
There are plenty of examples of Asian restaurants, foods and countless products that boldly exclaim - No MSG!
I had written to Hikari - twice, asking why MSG was included in this particular formula, I've never received a response.
Anyway, as most of you know when reading any pet food list of ingredients, the first three are the most critical. So I recently did a comparison between the Hikari and the Aqueon slow sinking color enhancing granules.
Here's the ingredient list for Hikari:
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.
Here's the ingredient list for Aqueon :
Whole Fish Meal (whole salmon, herring and other mixed fishes), Soybean Meal, Whole Wheat Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Yeast, Fish Oil, Kelp Meal, Garlic, Spirulina, Dicalcium Phosphate, Natural Astaxanthin, Choline Chloride, Calcium Propionate (a preservative), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol (source of Vitamin D3), Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Menadione Sodium Bisulphite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Thiamine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, DL-Alphatocopherol (E), Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, and Copper Sulfate
* Hiraki doesn't identify which fish the meal is made from.
This means they change sources frequently and may be using diseased, rancid fish. Be very wary regardless of any pet food that uses vague terms like "animal digest" "ocean fish" or "Meat" if it's not specific - it's a problem
*Aqeon identifies the fish they use - a major sign of quality in any pet food.
* There's very little "filler" in Aqeon in comparison to the Hikari formula. Another sign of good nutrition and quality.
* The Hikari retails for $17.00 for 7 ounces
* The Aqeon retails for $2.99 for 3 ounces - a dramatically better formula and by far much less expensive