Sera Arowana Floating Pellets Ingredients
Fish and Fish By-Products, Cereal, Mollusks and Crustaceans, Algae, Yeasts, Fats and Oils. Contains EU permitted colorants and antioxidants.
Sera Arowana Floating Pellets Ingredients Analysis
The primary ingredient is a complete unknown as far as content and quality. We’ll assume something is lost in translation but we still don’t know if it is a meal product or if it is listed at its wet weight. Subsequently, cereal is about as generic a term as can be applied, as are all other ingredients. They might have well just listed a single ingredient….. “Stuff”.
We’ll assume, based upon basic practices of the industry, that the first listed ingredient is listed at its dry weight, with the generic “Cereal” as the second ingredient, followed by other “stuff”, leaving little confidence that the primary protein content of this food originates from preferred proteins. It would appear that primary proteins in this food originate from “stuff”.
It is not known if this food contains Ethoxyquin. Absent a manufacturer’s statement that it does not, we must assume it does. This food certainly contains artificial colors. One of which may be Ponceau 4R, an artificial coloring agent used in other Sera foods, a known carcinogen banned from human consumption in many countries, including the United States.
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 0 Star
There is not sufficient information associated with the ingredients to allow for a rating. Lack of confidence in the primary protein sources, probable use of Ethoxyquin or other controversial ingredients, and use of artificial colors with known health risks, would at a maximum enable a 1 star rating. But absent sufficient information, it’s left with a 0 star rating.
Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:
This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 (worst) to 6 (best) in an effort to judge quality based upon three simple criteria.
- Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
- Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
- A fully nutritious food to include necessary vitamins and minerals with natural sources of vitamins and minerals being preferred.
These basic concepts apply:
- Any food that utilizes Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT as preservatives, cannot rate higher than a 4 star food.
- Use of artificial colors prevents rating higher than a 4 star food.
- Any food that utilizes Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (Synthetic Vitamin K, aka K3) cannot rate higher than a 5 star food.
- Inclusion of the “Whole Fish”, or “Whole Krill” (in meal form or not) is preferred over fish meal or krill meal.
- In order to achieve a 5 or 6 star rating, the quality of the meal must be known.
- In order to achieve a 6 star rating, the “Whole Fish’ (or whole animal) must be used, either in meal form or in sufficient quantities outside of meal form.
- Inclusion of sufficient quantities of preferred plant proteins is a bonus with sufficient Spirulina content being a significant bonus.
- Use of prebiotics or probiotics is a bonus