Min. Crude Protein….42%
Min. Crude Fat………11%
Max. Crude Fiber…….2%
Max. Moisture………. 8.5%
Omega One Super Color Pellets Ingredients:
Whole Salmon, Halibut, Seafood Mix (Including Krill, Rockfish, & Shrimp), Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Fresh Kelp, Astaxanthin, Lecithin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Phosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Natural and Artificial Colors, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement,Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Tocopherol (Preservative), Ethoxyquin (Preservative).
Omega One Super Color Pellets Ingredients Analysis
Two of the first three ingredients are listed at their wet weight. Once dried, as they must be for inclusion into a fish flake food, their weight will be 80% less, indicating their listing in the ingredient order cannot be trusted. Wheat is split into two products. Once combined, the primary individual ingredient may actually be Wheat. Requests to Omega Sea as to the actual percentage of wheat found in their foods have been unanswered, potentially an indication the wheat content exceeds the less than 20% "ideal" ratio and possibly even the more generous 30% ratio allowed for herbivores and omnivores.
Use of “Whole Salmon” indentifies the entirety of the fish is used, not just the processing leftovers as may be found in “fish meal” or “salmon meal”. Use of the whole animal significantly improves the nutritional value of the food and indicates a potentialy level of freshness that may not be found in generic fish meals. Salmon, specifically, is high in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids as well as Astaxanthin, a red color enhancing carotenoid and powerful antioxidant. Per communications with Omega One, the Whole Salmon utilized in Omega One products is wild caught salmon, which minimizes contamination concerns as they exist with farmed salmon.
Halibut, absent the “whole” designation, potentially indicates processing leftovers are used (scales, skin, bones, internal organs) in their fresh form (the same ingredients as “halibut meal” brought into the manufacturing process before it has been cooked into meal form.)
Use of fresh kelp is appreciated, providing a natural source of vitamins and minerals.
Despite two of three preferred proteins being listed at their wet weight, there is ample confidence in the preferred protein content of this food.
Designation of this food as a “color pellet” is tied solely to the inclusion of Krill in this formula (within the Seafood Mix). Otherwise the “color enhancing” ingredients are very similar to the standard Omega One Cichlid pellet, including apparently identical quantities of Astaxanthin supplementation.
While this food does not contain Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (synthetic vitamin K), it contains both Ethoxyquin and artificial colors. Tocopherol is an acceptable preservative.
Oscarfish.Com Rating: 3 Stars
This is a 4 star food being penalized for use of Ethoxyquin and (especially) artificial colors. The quality ingredients utilized certainly justify a 4 star rating. Concerns with actual preferred protein to wheat ratio combined with use of Ethoxyquin 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.
- 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