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Products Review (April 2008)

For the passed months Fynnmood Club committees were busy brainstorming and doing research on other existing forums to understand and learn from them. The objective is to see what Fynnmood Club can do to ‘give’ back to Fynnmood Forum Users, some kind of appreciation for their supports and sharing of so much information, making the fish keeping hobby a fun and joyful pass time.

The first idea was to buy certain fish product in large bulk from the commercial so that we can get a discount price to benefit the forum users, then one thing leads to another. In the mist of ‘evaluating’ what is the so-call the best for the hobbyists, I decide to compiled my finding in this article and call it “Product Review”. Hope you would find it helpful.

Started off with the idea of get some expensive food at low cost, the Club decided to check out the more expensive fish food in the market. Base on feedbacks and experiences the first product the Club suggested:

(a) Ranchu Selection

Contents

Ranchu Selection

Hikari

Japan Ranchu Lord

Saki

Lionhead

Red Head (logo)

White Head (logo)

Protein

46%

45%

46%

47%

52.1%

Fat

5.5%

7%

6%

6.8%

7.9%

Fibre (max)

3%

3%

5%

3%

3.8%

Ash (max)

15%

20%

12%

- -

- -

Moisture (max)

10%

10%

10%

10.9%

14.5%

This product is very suitable for young goldfish, protein is good for fish, but for young fish, too much protein in-take to the point which the fish cannot properly absorb is no good and will affect the fish growth.

For well care taking of a goldfish, hobbyists should practice different stages of the fish needs different types of food to help them to grow. Diet consists more vegetable formula is good for young goldfish.

Ranchu Selection is small sinking green pellet food. From above table it shows a good protein content comparable to the rest of the top Japanese brand. The dark green pellet indicates a high level of vegetable base and this helps the fish to develop good base colour pigment as the fish grow.

However, when the club posted Ranchu Selection on the forum, the club quickly received feedback regarding another food product call Chanko.

(b) Chanko

The Club, itself has not ‘tried’ this product, so decided to call up some Japanese link to find out more about the product. The finding was that Chanko is a very popular product in Japan. Many top-view Japanese hobbyists use it for their ranchu collection.

Japanese ranchu has always been regarded as the ‘fish’ version of a Japanese Sumo Wrestler. The way the competition is held and the way the ranchu is being appreciate are closely related to the sumo wrestler. Hence, not surprisingly that the name ‘Chanko’ actual refers to a popular sumo wrestler’s dish (hot-pot).

Base on feedback, it is said to be good for body mass and head growth.

Protein 53%
Fat 7%
Ash 12%
Moisture 10%

Chanko is small sinking brownish-red pellet food. It tends to indicate aggressive colour enhancing contents are present in this pellet formula. It is believe that it is part of the natural colour enhancers which would have no negative impact on the white area of the fish. Base on above table, Chanko is definitely one high protein pellet food, if this is what one is looking for.

While in the mist of searching for more fact about Chanko, the club came across another brand that is also very popular in Japan, Momizi.

(c) Momizi

Generally in Singapore Hiraki is one of the more popular brands generally hobbyists and this is the same scenario for Momizi in Japan.

There is another similar point between Hiraki-Lionhead and Momizi-Lionhead that is its pellet contents:

Protein 45%
Fat 5%
Fibre 3%
Ash 12%
Moisture 10%

Base on experience, between these two brands, I would prefer to go for Momizi. Hiraki-Lionhead does not give me the result that I’m expecting (kindly note, this is very subjective).

Some hobbyists would like to soak the pellet in the water to soften the pellet before feeding the fish that is to ensure the pellet food can be properly digested by the fish. It is a very caring gesture of the owners, however, for the case of Momizi pellet (comparing with Hiraki-Lionhead) the pellet doesn’t get soaked and expanded so easily. The interesting thing to note is that most expensive pellet brands have the same characteristic of not easily soak and expand. Well, I will leave this for hobbyists to think about!

After spending weeks checking out on the Japanese pellet food, I decided to take a quick look at the European product, and one of the popular brands, needless to say – Tetra. Among the TetraFin for goldfish, there are the ‘Exotic’, ‘Maintenance’, ‘Growth’ and ‘Colour’, each pellet food focus slight different aspect. On one look, the protein contents are not as impressive as the Japanese pellet food. Nevertheless, personally when come to selecting the right food, perhaps we should look beyond the protein level along.

Nonetheless, what caught my attention are the following products:

(d) TetraFin – Fun Fish

If a dog or cat hobbyists can and willing to spend money to get some treats for their pet, why can’t the goldfish hobbyists? At first look, it seems that this is nothing more than a ‘fun’ or ‘sweet’ for the goldfish, on second look, the pellet (shape of a fish) contents indicate that it is not any inferior to those Japanese pellet.

Protein 46% (Averaging high compared with the Japanese pellet)
Oil (fat) 8% (Higher than usual)
Fibre (max) 2% (Lower than usual)
Ash (max) 10% (Lower than usual)
Moisture (max) 6% (Lower than usual)

Rating 70/100

There are many dry goldfish food available in the market and they mainly come in pellets, flakes and sticks form. Then I came across this jelly form food from Tetra.

(e) TetraFin – Fresh Delica

When squeezed out from the pack, this jelly form food looks like fish poo (defecate)! It doesn’t look appetizing at all. In fact, the goldfish approach this news source of food cautiously. However, once got a taste of it, the fish seems to enjoy nibbling it. Well, I’m not a fish psychologist, but in term of the following reasons, I give a thumb up for this product!

(i) This is some thing different compared to the usual dry food found in the pet shop. I feel that it is a real change of taste bud for the goldfish.

(ii) Moisture foods are usually risky for goldfish, as it is easier contaminated. This product properly pack and easy to serve.

(iii) We all know that how young fish benefit from having daphnia as their main diet, however, as the fish grow bigger, we tend to change the food. What attracts me in this ingredients, there is a content of –> Daphnia 45%

(iv) L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, base on my experience this is an important ‘added vitamins for fish food. This can be found in many other pellet foods, but it is good to see that this product has it too.

For the benefit of beginner, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate is use as a stabilized source of vitamin C in feeds of all animal, especially beneficial to aqua-cultural species like goldfish. In a more technical term, it acts as a supplementation of ascorbic acid in enriched live food and help to increase the fish defences system that may fight against environmental stress leading to reduced ammonia toxicity.

Rating 85/100

(f) TetraFin – Holiday

Hobbyists do get worry about our goldfish whenever they go on a holiday. One of the main concerns is ‘feeding’. In my opinion, goldfish can go without food for a fortnight and going on a holiday without feeding them actually can be an advantage. Firstly by not feeding, it would ensure that it would not jeopardise the water quality.

Secondly, starving the fish once in a blue moon helps to clean up the digestive system.

Nevertheless, this product would be good if hobbyists are going for longer holiday and don’t happen to have an auto-feeder with him/her. There are two forms of this ‘holiday’ food. One come in stick form and the other more of a compress flakes.

4 sticks can lasts up to 4 to 7 days for 5 to 6 goldfish. The protein content is 35%. Although the compress flakes has only protein content of 3%, its composition includes daphnia and two compress flakes can last for 14 days.

For hobbyists that are into ‘pumping’ the goldfish (that is not keep in green water), perhaps this product can act as a supplementing food source for the goldfish, 24 hours around the clock.

Rating 55/100

(g) Tetra Aqua – Aqua Safe (for goldfish)

In the recent months, Singapore water parameters have been different from the pass, perhaps due to the new way of water treatment. Nowadays it seems necessary for hobbyists to add some form of anti-chlorine whenever they do a water change, unless the new water has been ‘aged’.

Base on surveyed generally water treatment plants used some form of chlorine as the primary method of disinfection. The majority (54%) use chlorine gas. Other forms of chlorine include sodium or calcium hypochlorite (29%), chloramines (13%) and chlorine dioxide (4%). Mostly these substances are harmful to fish. In market there are plenty anti chlorine and chloramines solution to help to neutralises these substances. What attracted me to this particular product is that it is design for goldfish!

As it claimed it replaces the natural slime coating fish need in times of stress. Neutralize chlorine & heavy metals in tap water.

I hardly used anti-chlorine solution as I was taught by an experience hobbyist to merely drop a few pieces of Hypo crystal - NaHSo3 (sodium thiosulphate) into the new water will do the trick. I have tried this product, unfortunately, I’m not able to tell if it really gives a better protection for the fish. Hence, I’m not able to give any constructive comment on this. As for hobbyists whose are still trying to find the right solution, no harm giving this a try!

That’s all for now, if chance permits, I hope to do more products review and shared the information with all the fish hobbyists … … so stay tune!

Cheers,
Steven TONG, Fynnmood Goldfish Club

 
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