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Cobalt Aquatics Algae Wafers Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 2 Star Foods

cobaltalgaewafers

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein

30.0% min.

Crude Fat

7.5% min.

Crude Fiber

4.0% min.

Phosphorus

1.2%, min.

Moisture

10.0% max

Cobalt Algae Wafers Ingredients:

Fish Meal, Wheat, Rice Flour, Wheat Bran, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat Germ Meal, Spirulina, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Water Cress, Spinach, Dried Brewer's Yeast, Soy Lecithin, Pea By-Product Meal, Dried Kelp, Shrimp Meal, Krill Meal, L-Lysine, Manganese Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E Supplement), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), DL-Methionine and Artificial Color.

Cobalt Algae Wafers Ingredients Analysis

The primary ingredient is “Fish Meal”. Not being labeled as “Whole fish Meal” indicates this meal is comprised of the skins, scales, bones, blood, internal organs, and other leftovers deemed unusable for human consumption. While “Whole fish Meal” would be preferred, it is assumed that the included Fish Meal is a quality product.

The next five ingredients are non-preferred protein sources. fillers, and binders. With wheat split into three separate products (Wheat, Wheat Bran, Wheat Germ Meal), the potential exists for wheat to be the actual primary ingredient. When combined with other grains and filler, a significant percentage of the protein profile of this food orginates from non-desired products.

With only one preferred protein listed in the first five ingredients, the preferred protein content of this food is questionable.

Spirulina is sometimes called “The Most Nutritious Food on the Planet”. Rich in raw protein and seven major vitamins: A1, B1, B2, B6, B12 (one of the best natural sources for B12, although the bioavailability of its B12 is in dispute by many researchers), C and E. It naturally contains beta-carotene, color enhancing pigments, and a whole range of minerals. In addition, Spirulina has 62% amino acid content and contains all essential fatty acids and eight amino acids required for complete nutrition. t is easily digested due to the fact that Spirulina cells do not have cellulose walls. It's content in this food, as the 7th listed ingredient, should be considered insufficient for a product labeled as an "Algae Wafer". This food would more accurately be described as a "Wheat Wafer" with a little bit of Spirulina mixed in.

Dicalcium Phosphate is a calcium supplement commonly found in breakfast cereals.  An inorganic calcium, it is added to fish food primarily as a binding agent to create a firmer pellet or wafer. Derived from bones, it also contains phosophorous and other minerals. It can become toxic with the potential to cause kidney stones. May contribute to soft tissue calcification.

The next set of vegetable products (Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Water Cress, Spinach) are all appreciated, but their inclusion so far down in the ingredient list would indicate mariginal, at best, resulting nutrional benefit.

Per communication with Cobalt, Cobalt does not add ethoxyquin directly to their products but pre-mix meals contain "trace amounts". The actual levels of Ethoxyquin are unknown.

Food contains both Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K) and artificial colors..

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 2 star

An algae wafer should contain algae as a primary ingredient, not a minor one. Significant Plant protein content justifies a 2 star rating. Concerns with overall preferred protein content, excessive use of grains and non-preferred proteins, combined with use of Menadione Sodium Bisulfite and artificial colors prevent rating any higher.

Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:

This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 star (worse) to 6 star (best), in an effort to judge quality based upon three simple criteria.

  1. Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
  2. Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
  3. 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