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Aquascape Premium Color Enhancing Fish Food Pellets for Pond Koi Goldfish and More

When you click on this link it takes you to the 11 pound size. You can choose any size you want from there.

Averages $5 per lb in larger/largest bags

Assessment: Three aquacultural proteins in the top four ingredients and only one split ingredient (wheat). Spirulina and color enhancer. Probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked. This food eclipses their OWN line, and everyone else's.

Fish meal, shrimp meal, rice bran, krill meal, wheat germ meal, durum wheat, chitosan, fish oil, salt, spirulina, lecithin, astaxanthin, molasses yeast, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (vitamin C), calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus subtilis natto, choline chloride, inositol, manganese proteinate, zinc proteinate, biotin, niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid, menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfate (vitamin K), vitamin A acetate, copper proteinate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), calcium iodate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), sodium selenite.

Assessment: Two aquacultural proteins in the top four ingredients, two split ingredients (wheat and soy), has spirulina and color enhancer. Unable to tell if cooked.

Wheat Middlings, Shrimp Meal (1/6th /15% of diet ), Rice Bran, Fishmeal, Corn Gluten Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Ground Wheat, Soy Protein Isolate, Spirulina Algae, Propionic Acid (a preservative), Ascorbic Acid, Yeast Culture, Canthaxanthin, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K activity), Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin.

Dainichi Koi Foods are well done! Dainichi Koi Foods

Link to All Sizes of
Dainichi Koi Foods

Averages $8 per lb

Assessment: Two aquacultural proteins in the top four ingredients and only one split ingredient (wheat). Spirulina. Probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked.

White fish meal, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, krill meal, pea protein, brewer's yeast, powdered milk, montmorillonite clay, spirulina algae, garlic, protease, gum acacia, beta glucan, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal-Sterol (D3), DL Alphatocopherol (E), L-ascorbyl-2- polyphosphate (C), B12 Supplement, Choline Chloride, Niacin, Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (K), Biotin, Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide.

A link to the best food by Dainichi, in the most useable pellet size.
Inochi Premium Pro Koi Food, Medium Pellet (11 LB) by Dainichi

Sho Koi Food was tested by me more than ten years ago and promoted very rapid growth and excellent health. This diet receives my recommendation. Sho Koi Food with Impact

Needs an accurate ingredients list in order of amounts!

Averages $8 per lb

An accurate ingredient list is not available. I did a LOT of work on this food in 2004-2007 testing it's abilities to speed healing, fend off disease and the most remarkable thing I found was a NOTABLE,measurable improvement in growth rates in Koi. Compared to another group of Koi fed another diet, (which confounded the study) the Sho Koi groupd grew faster. The study should have tried the food against several / many other foods. the This is a VERY good food but I can't give you any details, for lack of a nutritional breakout.

Sho Koi contains "Impact / Optimmune" which is Beta-glucan. "Beta-glucan" which stimulates the immune system. Harvard University researchers described the mode of action of beta-glucan as stimulating the immune system through receptors on the surface of certain cells, called 'macrophages' that when activated, stimulate a cascade of events turning the body into "an arsenal of defence".

Impact

Formulation

Link to ALL sizes of Sho Koi Foods
Sho Koi Foods

Kaytee Kois Choice Premium Fish Food 10 lb bag

Averages $2 per lb

Assessment: One aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients and only two split ingredient (Corn, wheat). No spirulina and no color enhancer. No probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked.

Fish Meal, Ground Corn, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat Flour, Corn Gluten Meal, Fish Oil, Wheat Germ Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Sulfate, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Propionic Acid (a preservative), L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Menadion e Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of vitamin K activity), Niacin, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite.

Just "meh"

Yamato Nishiki Koi Food All Sizes-

Needs an accurate ingredients list in order of amounts!

Averages $9 per lb

Assessment: Disappointing because an accurate ingredient list is not available. I know for a fact that the above ingredients are in the diet but I have no confidence that the ingredients are present in those implied amounts. (Descending by weight/volume) This is a VERY good food (maybe an industry topper!!!) but I can't give you any evidence.

Fish Meal, Cuttlefish Meal, Wheat Flour, Corn, Bean Oil Cake, Sodium phosphate, vitamins, minerals, and astaxanthin.

Yamato Nishiki Koi Food All Sizes-

Just "meh"

Purina Game Fish Food

Assessment: One aquacultural proteins in the top four ingredients and FOUR split ingredient (Soy into two, wheat into three, corn into two, ). No spirulina and no color enhancer. No probiotics. It is cooked which isn't all bad.

This is why you don't feed farm-fish food to Koi and goldfish.

Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Ground Corn, Fish Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Salt, Porcine Meat Meal, Ground Oats, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Ground Wheat, Calcium Carbonate, Ground Soybean, Hulls, Betaine, Cane Molasses, Dried Beef Pulp, Wheat Germ, Dicalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Soybean Oil,L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, Porcine Animal Fat Preserved With BHA, Folic Acid, Choline Chloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Riboflavin, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, DL-Methionine, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Carbonate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite.

Fine for catfish, not for Koi

Laguna Color Enhancing Goldfish Koi Floating Food

Averages $8 per lb

Assessment: One aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, and only one split ingredient (wheat). Feather meal isn't ideal because of it's amino acid lopsidedness. Has spirulina and no color enhancer. No probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked.

Wheat, Fish Meal, Wheat Germ Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Blood Meal, Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, Fish Oil, Dicalcium Phosphate, Spirulina, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione SodiumBisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate.

Laguna Color Enhancing Goldfish Koi Floating Food

Just meh. Vastly overpriced.

Laguna Growth Enhancing Goldfish Koi Floating Food

That's right, Steven Colbert. Did someone send you a bag?

Laguna Growth Enhancing Goldfish Koi Floating Food

Averages $9 per lb

Assessment: WTF? NO aquacultural proteins in the top four ingredients, and one split ingredient (wheat into THREE). Feather meal isn't ideal because of it's amino acid lopsidedness. No spirulina and no color enhancer. No probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked.

Wheat, Wheat Middlings, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Fish Meal, Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, Wheat Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles, Fish Oil, Soy Lecithin, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (source of Vitamin E), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Manganese Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Yeast Culture, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C).

Vastly, ridiculously overpriced.

TetraPond Koi Vibrance Floating Pond Sticks

A link to all sizes and types of TetraPonds inexpensive Koi and Goldfish Foods
TetraPond Koi Vibrance Floating Pond Sticks

Averages $6 per lb

Assessment: One aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, and only one split ingredient (wheat into THREE). This diet would probably NOT have fish meal in the top four IF they had not split Wheat into three compounds. Taken as a whole, wheat is almost assuredly the preponderant ingredient. Spirulina is "algae" but if it was spirulina they'd say so. No color enhancer. No probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked.

Wheat Starch, Corn Flour, Fish Meal, Feeding Oat Meal, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat Gluten, Wheat Germ Meal, Soybean Oil, Algae Meal, Monobasic Calcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C) Inositol, Niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), d-Calcium Pantothenate, a-Tocopherol-Acetate, Riboflavin-5-phosphate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Palmitate, Cyanocobalamin, Cholecalciferol, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Cobalt Nitrate. Color: Yellow 5 Lake. Ethoxyquin (Anti-oxidant) as a preservative.

You pay for what you get and if you're not paying for it, you're not getting it.

Kenzen Koi Food

Competitive at $7 per lb

Kenzen Koi Food

Assessment: One aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, and zero split ingredients. Has spirulina and additional color enhancer. Has two probiotics. I can't tell if it's cooked.

Menhaden Fish Meal, Potato Starch, Soybean Oil, DL Methionine, L-Lysine, Spirulina, Yeast Extract, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of stabilized vitamin C), Rosemary Extract, Mixed Tocopherols, Citric Acid, Choline Chloride, Betaine Anhydrous, Inositol, Vitamin E supplement, Biotin, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Folic acid, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A acetate, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Selenium Yeast.

For probiotics and color enhancers, specifying fish type, and Betaine.

Nijikiwa Koi Food

Reasonably priced about $5.50 per pound.

Assessment: One aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, and only one split ingredient (Pea). No spirulina and no color enhancer. No probiotics. I can't tell if it's cooked.

Fish Meal, Wheat, Poultry Meal, Peas, Dried Beans, Pea protein concentrate, Fish Oil, Meat Meal, Mixed feed Nuts, Dried Yeast, Vitamin Premix (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate), Mineral Premix (Calcium Carbonate Flour, Magnesium Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate), Nucleotides, Vitamin E Premix, Ascorbic Acid, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine, L-Threonine, Astaxanthin and Calcium Propionate.

Fishmeal combined by reasonable price.

Nijikiwa Koi Food

Crystal Clear Koi Food

Crystal Clear Koi Food

Averages $10 per lb

Assessment: ZERO aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, and only one split ingredient (wheat). Feather meal isn't ideal because of it's amino acid lopsidedness. Spirulina and no color enhancer. No probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked.

Dehulled Soybean Meal, Wheat, Wheat Middlings, Poultry By-Product Meal, Hydrolyzed Feather Meal, Fish Meal, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Manganese Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Yeast Culture, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Supplement), Vitamin B12 Supple - ment, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K Activity), Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Choline Chloride, dl-Methionine, L-Ascorbyl-2- Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C).

Vastly overpriced.

Blue Ridge Blend Growth Formula Koi and Goldfish Food 5 Lb

All Sizes:
Blue Ridge Blend Growth Formula Koi and Goldfish Food

Averages $4 per lb

Assessment: One aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, but ZERO split ingredient (wheat). No Spirulina and no color enhancer. Unable to tell if cooked.

Dehulled soybean meal, ground corn, Fish meal, wheat middlings, porcine meat meal, animal fat preserved with ethoxyquin, porcine animal fat preserved with BHA, poultry by-product meal, brewer's dried yeast, brewer's yeast extract, menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, DL-methionine, folic acid, cholecalciferol, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate, biotin, ethoxyquin (a preservative), Vitamin A acetate, nicotinic acid, choline chloride, cyanocobalamin, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, ferrous carbonate, copper sulfate, zinc sulfate, calcium iodate, calcium carbonate, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite. Ruminant meat and bone meal free.

Blackwater Gold-N Pro

It's expensive but if you buy this bag at the beginning of the season, or as a group buy it works out pretty well.

Blackwater Gold-N Pro All Sizes

As low as $5 per lb in 40 lb bags

Assessment: Two aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, and only two split ingredient (wheat, soy). No Spirulina and no specific color enhancer. Shit tons of probiotics. So, on the color enhancers. This diet has Spinach. And there's some data that supports that sunshine and genetics have more to do with color than canthaxanthin or astaxanthin. Look at the converse: Truth: Color enhancers WILL NOT HELP fish who don't have the genes and aren't getting sunlight. Joe Pawlak (and his nutritionists whom he OBVIOUSLY teamed up with) know crap tons more about fish nutrition than I do. Unable to tell if cooked.

Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Shrimp Meal, Rice Bran, Soy Protein Isolate, Fish Oil, De-hulled Soybean Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Ground Wheat, Poultry By-Product Meal, Blood Meal, Spinach, Propionic Acid (a preservative), Yeast Culture, Ascorbic Acid, Beet Powder, Dried Baciilus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Brewer’s  Dried Yeast, Asparagus, Anise, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate (source of Vitamin K activity) Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite

Blackwater Gold-N Pro All Sizes

Real economy in the 40 pound bag.

Wardley Pond Fish Food Pellets

Averages $4.50 per lb

Assessment: One aquacultural protein in the top four ingredients, and only one split ingredient (corn). Has Spirulina but no color enhancer. No probiotics. Unable to tell if cooked.

Soybean Meal, Ground Corn, Fish Meal, Wheat Middlings, Corn Gluten Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Betaine, Dicalcium Phosphate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Spirulina Algae Meal, dl-Methionine, Tagetes Extract, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Cholecalciferol (source of Vitamin D3), Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, d-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (source of Vitamin E), Biotin, Ethoxyquin (a preservative), Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Carbonate, Copper Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite.

Just "meh" with a pretty "meh" price. It's what it is.

Questions What is BETAINE?
"Betaine" is a quarternary ammonium compound that was first discovered in the juice of sugar beets (Beta vulgaris) 
Betaine aids digestion and helps protect against fatty infiltration of the liver. The osmoprotective effect of betaine has been found to protect fish from the physiological stress induced by the transfer from fresh water to salt water, which Koi will encounter when ponds and quarantine systems are medicated with salt. 

What are Spirulina and Canthaxanthin / Asthaxanthin?
Spirulina, a primordial algae rich in carotenoids has been around more than 3 billion years, and is known as one of the world's best natural color enhancers. 
Astaxanthin is an optimal carotenoid for the proper pigmentation of the red/pink colours in fish.