I picked up some food with my fish last week (I guess it was the week before) and I started by looking at the most expensive prepared food on the shelf to check ingredients. The New Life line seemed pretty good, various whole fish meals even though they have some soy and wheat ingredients... since when have fish ever eaten soy and wheat? At least, when checking against the cheaper lines, the wheat and soy is lower on the list and it is WHOLE named fish meal as opposed to just fish meal. The price is not much of an issue as a 600g jug is likely to last a long time... perhaps I should freeze it.
This reminds me of looking at olive oil... you can get extra virgin cold pressed, extra virgin, virgin, extra pure, pure, light and each step is lower on the quality level and higher on the processing level.
Anyway, they use the same ingredients in most of their products in varying proportions and have quite the selection of sizes of pellets, sinking and floating.
Their general ingredient list is as follows:
Whole Antarctic Krill Meal, Whole Herring Meal, Wheat Flour, Whole Squid Meal, Algae Meal, Soybean Isolate, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, Garlic, Vegetable and Fruit Extract (Spinach, Broccoli, Red Pepper, Zucchini, Tomato, Pea, Red and Green Cabbage, Apple, Apricot, Mango, Kiwi, Papaya, Peach, Pear), Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal-Sterol (D3), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine, DL Alphatocophero ( E ), Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Niacin, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, L-Ascorby-2-Polyphosphate (Stable C), Ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Choline Chloride.
I was looking at adding a second food source but really didn't see much better or more varied for ingredients. Short of frozen or freeze dried worms and things, is there much point in adding a second and third food option here?
I did find a recipe for loaches on another site a while back, I don't think my wife would appreciate me using the blender in that manner but the ingredients were interesting. I'm pretty sure that it wold be fine for most fish excepting those with specific dietary needs.
Fish are Cherry Barb, Betta (still working out fine) and Emerald Catfish later this week.