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post #1 of 19 Old 03-27-2011, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Question Color enhancer for fish

In the past I've used a product called Ultra Color FX by Gel-Tek. It's a red gel, the fish eat the droplets the you squeeze into the water from the bottle. My local PetSmart stopped stocking it. Does anyone know of a company that carries it? I've looked around online but so far, no luck. I'm in northeast Ohio, so Cleveland and/or Erie are within driving distance, otherwise I'm hoping to find an online retailer. Or, can anyone suggest a similar product?

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post #2 of 19 Old 03-27-2011, 06:07 PM
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Quick questions:
1) what fish are you using it on?
2) why would you need this particular product?
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post #3 of 19 Old 03-27-2011, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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I've used it for years, for various fish. Right now, I'm using it in a tank with cherry barbs, neon tetras, & dwarf gouramis. It's makes a noticeable difference in the colors of the fish, they are much more vivid. My understanding is it has something to do with carotenoids -- I realize there are other ways of getting carotenoids to my fish, but I really like this particular product.
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post #4 of 19 Old 03-27-2011, 08:53 PM
LOL I correctly guessed the only real active ingredient. (shhh I have a life...)

Astaxanthin

While you are correct it is a carotenoid, your fish do not NEED this supplement. It is much easier to buy a high quality food that has this already added. Judging by the cost of this product, it contains very little. Astaxanthin is a very expensive feed additive. Its used to add color to food fish, eggs, and other food items. A 1/2 pound of the pure stuff costs $30(at a good price).

In short, buy better fish food.

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post #5 of 19 Old 03-27-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I know several brands of food which do contain astaxanthin. I was looking specifically for the Ultra Color FX product though. Thanks anyway!
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post #6 of 19 Old 03-27-2011, 10:26 PM
you asked for similar products...

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post #7 of 19 Old 03-28-2011, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I did ask for similar products.

However, I did not ask for your opinion on the product, or whether or not you personally felt I should use it. I just asked if anyone knew where I could purchase it.

Your comment "Buy better food" seemed rude to me. Are you assuming that I buy poor-quality food? That's not the case, I assure you.

I was looking for help, not judgement.
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post #8 of 19 Old 03-28-2011, 12:24 PM
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Hey Jenna. I'm sure Mikaila meant no harm... she is VERY smart! and very analytical in her approach to a question. She would have looked up the product, analized the contents and compared it's contents to other foods. In my 30 years of fish keeping I have not heard of feeding fish in this way either, so I bet she was quite curious about it too. If it proved to not be a huge benefit to feed this type of food she would suggest better, she actually said that it was expensive for what you get in it and therefore pick a better food. I know I buy blindly off the shelf without regard for what is in it other than... goldfish food for goldfish, betta food for betta. We all have a different way of looking at things.
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-28-2011, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
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Wow.

Please do not assume that I blindly bought anything off the shelf.
And please do not assume that I didn't research the product myself.
I'm sure Mikaila is very smart, I'm sure you are too, and by the way, so am I.

Just for the sake of accuracy, the product is not a food, it is a supplement. That's why in your 30 years of keeping fish you have not heard of feeding fish this way.

I'm extremely disappointed and offended at the judgmental nature of this forum's members. I joined because I was looking for help and pointers. Worse yet, NEITHER of you actually answered my question, instead, you chose to question my knowledge and judgement, make assumptions, etc.

In the future, please don't respond to my posts if you don't intend to actually answer my questions.
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post #10 of 19 Old 03-28-2011, 06:05 PM
Well from the sources i could gather, the item was discontinued. At least that was from the sources i could find from a brief search from my usual pet suppliers, few ever carried it and none do now. It might be likely the company that makes it stopped due to prices in the active ingredient if it is that expensive. I did see some ebay links. You might have to look for it in foods instead.
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