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Old 04-02-2013, 12:22 PM   #31 
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Thanks for that link on ethoxyquin, colorxmexravyne! Very informative. I guess we can count on all pet food having ethoxyquin.

When I went betta food shopping, I chose Omega over NLS because Omega has whole fish as opposed to whole fish meal. I figured the less processed the meat, the better. I have since found out, however, that the listing order of ingredients is based on pre-cooked weight. Since whole fish has a much higher water content than whole fish meal, there is actually much less fish and a higher ratio of wheat products in Omega than in NLS. Grrr... I hate that it's so difficult to find quality pet food- I go through the same with my cats.

Honestly, though, when it's time to get more betta food, I'm going to get Repashy. Harder to feed, but I love that it has no wheat products at all. I really don't think wheat (or corn) has any place in carnivore diets. Fruit and veggies, IMO, is fine because they can be found in the intestines of bugs that bettas eat in the wild. But grains are just not natural for them.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:30 PM   #32 
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Love this! Thanks! I'll be switching food brands asap. -.-
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:35 PM   #33 
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Thanks for that link on ethoxyquin, colorxmexravyne! Very informative. I guess we can count on all pet food having ethoxyquin.

When I went betta food shopping, I chose Omega over NLS because Omega has whole fish as opposed to whole fish meal. I figured the less processed the meat, the better. I have since found out, however, that the listing order of ingredients is based on pre-cooked weight. Since whole fish has a much higher water content than whole fish meal, there is actually much less fish and a higher ratio of wheat products in Omega than in NLS. Grrr... I hate that it's so difficult to find quality pet food- I go through the same with my cats.

Honestly, though, when it's time to get more betta food, I'm going to get Repashy. Harder to feed, but I love that it has no wheat products at all. I really don't think wheat (or corn) has any place in carnivore diets. Fruit and veggies, IMO, is fine because they can be found in the intestines of bugs that bettas eat in the wild. But grains are just not natural for them.
Where would I get Repashy? I've never seen it before.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:36 PM   #34 
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Thanks for that link on ethoxyquin, colorxmexravyne! Very informative. I guess we can count on all pet food having ethoxyquin.

When I went betta food shopping, I chose Omega over NLS because Omega has whole fish as opposed to whole fish meal. I figured the less processed the meat, the better. I have since found out, however, that the listing order of ingredients is based on pre-cooked weight. Since whole fish has a much higher water content than whole fish meal, there is actually much less fish and a higher ratio of wheat products in Omega than in NLS. Grrr... I hate that it's so difficult to find quality pet food- I go through the same with my cats.

Honestly, though, when it's time to get more betta food, I'm going to get Repashy. Harder to feed, but I love that it has no wheat products at all. I really don't think wheat (or corn) has any place in carnivore diets. Fruit and veggies, IMO, is fine because they can be found in the intestines of bugs that bettas eat in the wild. But grains are just not natural for them.
Please post about your experiences with it! I am of the same mind as you, but I haven't heard any direct info from anyone feeding it to a betta.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #35 
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I haven't done a whole lot of looking into it, but Ethoxyquin seems to be a bigger issue in dogs. That, or there just isn't a lot of info in fish foods. But there are tiny amounts of it in the foods, obviously, because its either listed last or not at all.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:40 PM   #36 
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Where would I get Repashy? I've never seen it before.
My LFS carries it. If you go to their home page, you can search by state for a distributor. Or, buy online from them. Googling around can help out a lot with price.

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Old 04-02-2013, 01:53 PM   #37 
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I have the Repashy Super Green vegan algae mix for my otos (who absolutely adore it, BTW) and I had to order it from ebay. My LFS selection is limited to the big chains, unfortunately, and they don't carry it. It's a gel food, so you have to pre-mix it, then cut it and freeze it for longer storage. So, more prep work.

I posted a thread a while back asking members if they'd had experience with the Meat Pie (their carnivore mix). Some said their bettas loved it, but it seemed to limited to those who had bettas that would eat food off the bottom. It sinks, you see. My VT likes to chase falling food, so my hope is that he'll snag the pieces as they fall. I'll definitely report back when I get some.
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I am hoping that bettas will take it if it is gelled up with a string hanger inside, or attached to something that floats.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:11 PM   #39 
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I could only get omega they do not sell NSL at petsmart =(
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I could only get omega they do not sell NSL at petsmart =(
Well you got one of the two best so your fish should really love you for it!

All I feed is Omega to all my varieties of fish and they all do great on it!
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