Best pellet for flowerhorn

Ruturaj

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Agree to disagree :)
I am not sure on which one. Here's my explanation to my comments

Hikari gold has lots of fillers
Cichlid Gold ingredients: Fish meal, wheat bran, brewers dried yeast, flaked corn, wheat flour, corn gluten meal, fish oil, rice bran, garlic, DL-methionine, astaxanthin, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C), inositol, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacin, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, disodium phosphate, ferrous sulfate, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, red 3, yellow 5 (artificial colors)

even hikari recommends bio gold plus.
Taken from http://www.hikariusa.com/wp/ufaqs/hikari-diet-flowerhorn-cichlids/

Which Hikari diet should I use for my Flowerhorn cichlids?
We recommend Cichlid Bio-Gold+ for Flowerhorn cichlids. You can also try Cichlid Gold & Sinking Cichlid Gold as economical Flowerhorn feeding options.

Okiko won't be a treat
A treat is something fish like over normal food, like blood worms, Okiko pallets are not special in that regard.

nor a good food.
Too much protein. Significant amount of fillers. They list 'Special Head Growth Enhancing Ingredients' as ingredient.

The improvement you saw were just fish growing and Genetics.
Your fish did have genetics for massive nuchal hump or it wouldn't have grown that big, no matter what you fed. Food has little effect on how fish looks (looks are mainly genetic, food does play a factor but minor) but major effect on health and lifespan.
 
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What is everyone thoughts on best pellet food for flowerhorn. I am not talking humpy head or any of those to grow huge koks. Just a good staple pellet for health and color. Right now I'm using Hikari blood-red parrot+. This is what he was on at my lfs. He really likes this stuff. I've also looked into Sumo Red and NLS ultra red. These are both pretty expensive. Wondering if its worth it. I use NLS flakes and pellets with my other fish and I know it's a good brand. What are you all feeding for pellets?
Hikari works wonders
 
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Not worth it right now, and it doesn't bother me. I found the right mix of foods he enjoys and they're good quality, so we're both happy 🤪
Hikari Cichlid Bio-Gold+, Northfin Koi Supreme sure are pretty good. Omega One Veggie Kelp doesn't look like though (for being a veggie pallet), main ingredients are mostly fish meals, wheat and rice, something like NLS AlgaeMax would be better choice.
 

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Hikari Cichlid Bio-Gold+, Northfin Koi Supreme sure are pretty good. Omega One Veggie Kelp doesn't look like though (for being a veggie pallet), main ingredients are mostly fish meals, wheat and rice, something like NLS AlgaeMax would be better choice.
I'm fine with it and so is my little guy, so I'll finish it off eventually and find something else. Will be a little while though got a whole can to go through and it's mixed in sparingly.

Omega One Veggie Kelp ingredients:

Salmon, Whole Herring, Wheat Flour, Whole Shrimp, Kelp, Wheat Germ, Spirulina, Pea Protein, Marigold Extract, Astaxanthin, Canthaxanthin, Potassium Sorbate, Ethoxyquin (Preservative), BHT (Preservative), BHA (Preservative), Natural And Artificial Colors, Ascorbyl Monophosphate (Source Of Vitamin C), Niacin, Inositol, Folic Acid, Biotin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement.
 
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