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Flake Food - What To Try Next?

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Flake food - what to try next?
« on: January 23, 2019, 06:32:12 PM »
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I've mentioned before that my gang have become fussy, ignoring or spitting out the palest colour and now even the red-coloured JBL NovoBel flakes. I'm just trying to figure out what brand to try next - back to TetraMin or API, or possibly something else. Has anyone tried Fish Science, Dennerle Complete, Vitalis (New Era), Nature's Grub, King British or any other brands? If so, what are your / your fishes' views?

[Edited to add, as an exchange of information: In terms of pellets, I'm finding that, once the initial / first month's excitement of a new food has worn off, popularity as assessed by swimming speed is in the following order - Dr Bassleer's Biofish food (herbal), Hikari Micro Pellets, Fish Science micro granules, Fluval Bug Bites for small fish.]

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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2019, 09:23:27 PM »
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I have used similar brands to you - JBL NovoBel, TetraMin, and API.
I have also use the Vitalis tropical flakes, and several brands of granules (Bug Bites, Dr Bassler), but haven't used any of the others that you have mentioned.

I'm not sure that my gang are good indicators of what to try with slightly more fussy fish, as none of my fish have been known to refuse any food presented to them.  ::)

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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2019, 09:25:04 PM »
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Forgot to mention that I've also tried Fluval tropical flakes, which were greeted with the same enthusiasm as all other foods.  :)

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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2019, 09:54:02 PM »
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I am currently using Omega One flakes.



My new betta is very picky. I have Atisons betta pellets and I bought some Northfin Betta pellets because the ingredients are so much better. But he doesn't like the Northfin pellets - I think they are harder than the Atisons. I soak the pellets first, he eats the Atisons straight down but he spits out the Northfin pellets, then eats the bits, then gets fed up and abandons them.


I know this is an old article but it is quite interesting on the subject of fish food ingredients. The link will take a while to load as the site has closed and the link is via Wayback Machine https://web.archive.org/web/20180818083717/http://www.oscarfish.com/fish-food-ingredients.html

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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2019, 01:15:27 PM »
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I know this is an old article but it is quite interesting on the subject of fish food ingredients. The link will take a while to load as the site has closed and the link is via Wayback Machine https://web.archive.org/web/20180818083717/http://www.oscarfish.com/fish-food-ingredients.html

Hi Sue,

That is an excellent link - thank you. As you say, it's an old article but most of what is said should still apply. Regarding the list of foods and their star rating, I note that Ocean Nutrition Spirulina Flakes only gets three stars. I compared the quoted ingredients from the website with those on this current product and they are quite different. For example, the first ingredient on the linked website is 'Plant meals' but now the first ingredient is 'Fish fillets'.

Another excellent resource is http://www.americanaquariumproducts.com/Quality_Fish_Food.html.

JPC

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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2019, 07:50:00 PM »
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Thanks, all - very helpful, and I'll read the links with interest this evening.  Quite often, foods are rebranded/advertised as reformulated, so perhaps that's what's happened in some cases as per JPC's example.

[Since pre-soaking the Bug Bites which I think were posing the same problem as Sue's betta's experience of the Northfin pellets, they seem to have been consumed rather than spat out this evening, so thanks for the reminder to try that.]


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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2019, 08:03:46 PM »
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There are a few products that have changed names. New Era is now Vitalis, and Atisons betta pellets have been taken over by Ocean Nutrition.

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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2019, 09:37:27 PM »
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I'm a big fan of Hikari Micro pellets but must admit I've no huge preferences in flake food. I also use a sinking pellet, algae wafers and frozen and live foods. Again I've no huge preferences apart from always looking for the freshest live foods or foods with a decent expiry date on them.  I have recently decided my next flake food purchase will be a colour enhancing flake. Has anyone tried these before?

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Re: Flake food - what to try next?
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2019, 12:10:23 PM »
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Hi Sue,

Regarding the list of foods and their star rating, I note that Ocean Nutrition Spirulina Flakes only gets three stars. I compared the quoted ingredients from the website with those on this current product and they are quite different. For example, the first ingredient on the linked website is 'Plant meals' but now the first ingredient is 'Fish fillets'.

JPC

Hi Folks,

Now I see that Ocean Nutrition appear to be reducing their manufacturing costs. On the latest Spirulina Flakes product shown on their website, the first item on the ingredients list is no longer fish fillets but fish meal. I've only had my tub of this product for a few months and it's already changed!

JPC

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