06-05-2013, 08:32 PM
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A lot of fish foods have the primary ingredient of fishmeal. For some, the primary ingredient is wheat! Not all fishmeal is created equally. Some is the waste product of fish processing plants and/or is the 'off grade' fish that could not be used for human consumption. Fishmeal is typically ground, dried, loaded with preservative and sits in a warehouse until an order comes from a fish food manufacturer. Because it is dried, fishmeal then requires copious amounts of starch (often wheat, oat, rice flour or gluten) as a binder and filler to increase the crude protein analysis.
The very best fish foods are made from fresh whole fish and kelp. Omega One (there are others) is one of these as they use whole Atlantic salmon, cod, herring...as the main ingredients. NLS is a close second as they use fishmeal, but it's fishmeal from whole herring and krill.
Buyer beware. Read the labels.
Note: when I switched to fish foods with less wheat binder/filler, my fish produce far less waste and are more vigorous with better coloring. I suspect more healthy as well.
Last edited by AbbeysDad; 06-05-2013 at 08:35 PM..