NetBelleAnie Posted March 18, 2022 Share Posted March 18, 2022 So, lemme preface this by saying I'm basing my thoughts on what I know from keeping cats and dogs and may have no bearing on anything aquatic. In dog and cat food, some ingredients are considered the best, and some the worst. Pure meat meals (beef, chicken, lamb, etc) are considered the best things universally to have, while many cheaper starches (corn gluten, wheat gluten, soy, etc) are considered filler or even bad to have. Other things (rice meal, pea meal) are in the middle ground. As someone who has had animals that are allergic to corn, to chicken, or to some unknown (that made my cat vomit blood, yuck), I spend a lot of time staring at ingredient lists deciding what is good for my animals. Now, there's the grain-free fad, which can make it harder to find a food with the ingredients you want (wanting something with rice or grains but no chicken products was very hard). There are literally thousands of foods devoted to just 2 different species (cats and dogs), but when it comes to fish foods, there's maybe a few hundred commercially prepped food for hundreds, if not thousands of species in the aquarium. My question is, how do you decide which ingredients are right for the fish you are keeping? Do we look at the ingredients themselves, and decide if it's a good choice, even though there's no way x species would eat x ingredient in the wild? Krill, prawns and brine shrimp are very popular in tropical foods, but those are all oceanic species, not something you'd find in freshwater. Every dry food requires binders like wheat, soy, etc just so the product remains in a form that doesn't rot immediately upon opening the container, but I doubt the average betta or tetra would naturally eat a piece of those starches if you stuck it in front of them. Letting the pet choose isn't always viable, since I know that no matter what the species, if a food seems more appealing (by sight,, smell or taste) doesn't mean it's actually healthier for them. (I will pick a cheeseburger over a salad every time, and my Labradors have eaten anything from frozen steaks, squirrels, parakeets to ceramic briquettes, bars of soap and more.) Even if we go into basics like carnivore and herbivore diets, every veggie diet has a bunch of fish or crustacean based foods added usually as one of the top 5 ingredients based on weight. So, how do we pick? I'm curious to know everyone's thoughts, since it seems every manufacturer thinks their food is the best, and it gets tiring going through individual product reviews on any website when people don't give proper reviews. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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