Hikari Bio-Gold+

Written by Kmuda. Posted in Foods



  •  Ensures the highest amount of carotenoid is absorbed by your cichlids
  • Enhances sheen and luster, and promotes balanced growth
  • Floating pellets won't cloud the water

Contains natural color enhancers, Vitamin C, and beneficial microorganisms for improved coloration, digestion, disease resistance, and reduced waste.

Expect vivid coloration, not possible with other diets, as a direct result of the high levels of pure cultured spirulina and highly purified astaxanthin in Hikari Cichlid Bio-Gold+. The addition of beneficial microorganisms provides improved digestion, rapid growth, reduced waste, and improved water quality. Stabilized Vitamin C promotes resistance to stress and immunity to infectious disease for long-term health.

Feeding Suggestions:Feed two to three times daily the amount your fish will eat within a few minutes. Remove all remaining food after the feeding period to avoid over-feeding and the water quality problems associated with this action. The benefits of Hikari Cichlid Bio-Gold® Plus will only be realized with continued, uninterrupted use.

Ingredients:Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Brewer's Dried Yeast, Gluten Meal, Spirulina, Fish Oil, Bacillus Subtillus, Enzyme, Garlic, Astaxanthin, Monosodium Glutamate, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Oil, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K), Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (stabilized Vitamin C), Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 45% Min
Crude Fat 5% Min
Crude Fiber 2% Max
Moisture 10% Max
Phosphorus 1% Min
Microorganisms 10,000 CFU/g Min

Hikari Cichlid Bio-Gold+ Review

by Kmuda


There are few products on the market I can endorse and recommend as much as Hikari Bio-Gold Plus. This is my food of choice. Unlike most foods, the marketing actually understates the benefits.

This is a quality food, with quality ingredients, that my fish love, with added benefits of probiotics not offered by other foods.

What makes this product unique is the "Hikari-Germ", which is a specific strain of Bacillus bacteria. This bacteria proliferates inside the intestines of the fish resulting in increased rate of digestion and reduced waste.


  • Availability: I can't recall a pet store that I've walked into that had fish, but not Hikari fish food. This stuff is everywhere, including this "top-of-the-line" Hikari product. However, I buy this product online at substantial savings over an LFS.
  • Quality: This is a top of the line Hikari product, decades in development, with the beneficial micro-organisms originally being developed for use in Koi feed. Hikari does not purchase ingredients from other locations (such as China) in order to ensure the quality of their product.
  • Reduced Waste: This is a huge benefit that is understated by Hikari marketing. I've experienced as much as a 50% reduction in waste accumulation within filters and the substrate. This is a byproduct of the "Hikari Germ", which results in improved digestion of the food while ensuring subsequent waste is almost of a powdery consistency. In addition, the "Hikari-Germ" continues to break down the waste even in the fish's poo. Think about it, if you can achieve a 50% reduction in waste by feeding this food, your filters can go twice as long between cleanings and the biomedia is less likely to become clogged over time. I consider this food an intregal part of my overall fish keeping philosophy of managing waste, reducing heterotrophic bacteria populations, and maintaining clean biomedia.
  • Reduced Risk of Bloat: Fish fed a primarily dry diet are at an increased risk of developing constipation which can lead to bloat. This food minimizes that concern as the "Hikari-Germ" aids in the break down of the food once it is in the fish's intestines.
  • Growth and Coloration: I've had no foods pack on the growth quite like this one does. This is a result of the quality ingredients and improved digestion. NLS does a better job of improving coloration but I consider the trade-off to be more than acceptable. I've fed this food to everything from Discus, to Angelfish, to Convicts, to Oscars (of course), to firemouths, to community fish. It works.
  • Does not contain Ethoxyquin: Ethoxyquin is a fat preservative found in almost all pet foods that contain fish meal. It's hard to escape as it is required by law to be included in any imported fish meals. Regardless, despite USDA guarantees of it's safety (they say the unhealthy affects are "dose dependent"), Ethoxyquin is widely accepted to be a cause of numerous pet ailments (cancer, liver failure, birth defects, and infertility) and has subsequently been restricted for inclusion in human foods. No Hikari foods contain ethoxyquin.


  • Preferred Protein Content: A higher preferred protein content ratio would be desirable.
  • Cost: This food can be expensive, especially if purchased in an LFS. Sometimes you get what you pay for. Wink
  • Pellet Size: Many consider the largest Hikari Bio-Gold+ Pellet to be too small for large cichlids such as an adult oscar. I actually consider this the perfect pellet size as there is no "waste" shot out of the gills during consumption. The fish just consumes the pellets as they are small enough to be consumed without a major crunching.
  • Pellet Shelf Life and Storage: Care must be taken in the care and storage of the pellet. The "Hikari-Germ" is considered "viable" in that it is in a dormant state until the pellet reaches the fish's gut. But my experience is that the "Hikari-Germ" can become non-viable, in that the primary benefit of this food is no longer achieved if the product is improperly stored. I keep the bag sealed in a cool dark location, only opening it once a week to dump pellets from the bag into an empty Tetra flake food container. The bag is then resealed and stored while I feed during the week from the Tetra Flake Food container. You don't want sunlight hitting this food, keep it free from temperature extremes, and, more so than other foods, you want to keep it moisture free. I keep those little desiccant capsules found in medicine bottles in both the sealed bag and the Flake food container I feed from.