Hi daniella3d, sorry for the delayed response, I am no longer getting notifications of posts to this thread for some reason and I just found your reply! Yes I too thought Hikari was the best, but I learned that the ingredients, especially the first ingredients, should be whole foods, like salmon, etc., not "meal" or "grains". I learned this years ago with my cat's food....so why I didn't read the label for Rusty's food too, I don't know. But I'm smarter now! :)
For comparison, here are the ingredients in Hikari Betta Bio Gold:
Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Flaked Corn, Wheat Germ Meal, Spirulina, Krill Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Brewers Dried Yeast. Here are most of the ingredients in Omega One Betta Buffet pellets, which I have switched to: Whole salmon, halibut, shrimp, wheat flour, wheat gluten, fresh kelp, astaxanthin, lecithin,... and then an assortment of vitamins. But note the first ingredients.
Since giving Rusty the Omega One pellets, he has bounded back from his tail "emergency" and is on the mend, and has even grown some! He is so excited about his pellets that lately he has started "attacking" them (almost jumping out of the water) and then flaring while eating the first couple, and then he swims fast around the tank while chewing them! LOL! He's so cute and fun to watch. And I feel better about giving him the higher quality pellets. They aren't 100% pure and perfect, but they are better quality than Hikari in my opinion, and Rusty's thriving on them - he is my living proof. I highly recommend them!