Yeah, after seeing this thread I checked the label of the Hikari Algae Wafers in my cabinet, and Ingredient 5 is the mysterious 'starch'. Ingredient 6 is just as mysterious: "dried bakery product". Exactly what is that? Is Hikari adding week-old cupcakes to the Algae wafers? Maybe slipping them some dehydrated cherry pie? Maybe it's a 'proprietary process' for adding corn bread? Other 'Bakery Product' items are listed clearly: Wheat Flour, Wheat Germ Meal, MonoSodium Glutamate, etc. Why an algae wafer intended for vegetarian fish needs Umami (MSG) added to it, I don't know, but that's yet another issue.Gun;4448478; said:Sorry, the "strach" is the 4th, the 3rd is "wheat flour"
I'll say thanks to RD for bringing this up too. 'Competitor', 'Consumer', or 'Information Advocate', whatever his motives for it I don't really care. I'm glad he enlightened me.Gun;4448475; said:also thanksZ to RD. for starting this thread.
Yes, Hikari(R) operated a fully staffed research facility in Japan which conducted ongoing research on all of our diets, and also the ingredients we currently use and those we think might prove to be beneficial if used in the future. We are keenly focused on developing diets that avoid any fat deposit build-up as we know from our research the significant impact this can have on fish and their length of life.RDFISHGUY;4321753; said:I just wanted to know if you've done any studies regarding the source of starches used in your product. Specifically if any test subjects have been disected to see how much, if any, fat had built up around the organs of the fish involved in such tests. The high inclusion rate of carbs/starches seems a little weird for feeding a carnivorous fish.