wait...im confuse...i thought if the Ingredients start with fish mean its good...but Top Fin Color Enhancing Betta Bites is in the bad category even tho the ingredients start with Fish meal, shrimp meal...can someone tell me why is it bad? i been feeding my fish crappy food all this time? omg
The ammount of protein is important as well. Bettas require at least 40% protein (which the topfin pellets have) as well as at least the first two (preferably 3) ingredients as some sort of fish/shrimp/etc product. Whole fish is much better than fish meal because fish meal would simply be the end bits that no body wants (bones, guts, fins, etc). Because Topfin only has fish and shrimp meal, it isn't as high quality as some of the nicer sorts.
Whole fish is much better than fish meal because fish meal would simply be the end bits that no body wants (bones, guts, fins, etc)
This isn't true. The word "meal" means dehydrated and ground up. So fish meal is fish meat that has been ground and dried. "fish by-product meal" is the bits that no one wants. Don't get confused by the two words. by-products are the parts that are not desirable. "meal" is just the state that the product is in, not the product itself.
nope. :) I work in a pet store and have been studying pet nutrition (on my own as there aren't really formal classes for this in my area) for a good few years now and I was confused by this when I first started out too! Glad I was able to clear it up for someone else! Lots of people get this confused with dog and cat foods too! ;)
Nice work MandiceP :) And you are absolutely correct that there aren't a whole lot of factual information out there when concerning aquatic care.. the basics and a lot of opinions are what you mostly find. Why I tend to go the "very well balanced" diet over just pellets or flakes.. even if I have a very picky fish <glares at Xander>.. I just recently found out about obtaining live foods throughout winter, so I can feed them live all year round, homemade food with shrimp/spinach/garlic, pellets, flakes, very particular about freeze dried and even frozen.. as sometimes frozen food lacks in nutrition due to different ways it is frozen.
I have too many of them to spoil them all with 10g+ tanks for each.. so I spoil in food and am particular in their water changes lol.
I use Omega One Betta Buffet small pellets and my bettas seem to like it even better than their fd bloodworms that used to be their treat/favorite. Now when I drop a few of the worms in they excitedly swim up to the surface only to seem disappointed and uninterested. Now I have to find a new treat for them lol.
But one note about Omega One Betta Buffet pellets, I bought the small floating type but they still seem to big for my bettas so I cut the pellets in half before I feed it to them.