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 Choosing High Quality Fish Foods

What Are "High Quality" Fish Foods?

 

High quality does not mean high protein.  High quality also does not mean high growth or lots of color enhancing ingredients.  Maybe it makes more sense to say “good quality” or “proper quality” food because that’s the real meaning behind the word “quality.” 

Now, I’ve run into many hobbyists who know the names of certain ingredients, for example spirulina, and then assume they know everything about food quality.  They look for that one ingredient in the listing on the bag and if there, it’s a good food for their fish.  Others look at the protein levels and assume “more is better”… Not necessarily true either. 

High quality to me means it is in a digestible form, no matter what the ingredient is, and it contains a balance of nutrients that is suitable for my particular type of pet.  For example, catfish chow may be reasonably priced, but contains way too much fat to be healthy for my koi, no matter what the protein content.  I’m going to wind up, in a few years, with obese, poorly conditioned koi that are also losing their color.

The next buyer-beware is the name of the food.  Sure, the Japanese started the koi hobby and have bred incredible fish for us.  They’ve spent centuries perfecting the koi in our ponds today.  But a Japanese-sounding name doesn’t assure your fish of properly balanced nutrition either, any more than a pretty wrapper will help the fish to a longer life.

My suggestion is to read and learn what koi nutritional requirements really are before comparison shopping.  If you can’t read Japanese, you probably won’t know what you are feeding, good or bad, from a Japanese company.  I just hope it’s good.  But when faced with all this, it all boils down to pretty packaging and price, no?  Or you can ask the man in the store about his products. 

Be assured, the fish need less protein than you expect and less fat than contained in most feeds.  They also MUST have stabilized Vitamin-C for good development of cartilage and skin.  Stabilized Vitamin-C is the key ingredient missing in so many food products as it is lost in processing the food.  So, when you go shopping for your koi food read the labels and take notice of stabilized Vitamin-C to prevent curved spines and other preventable structural deformities.


 

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