The Aquatic Gazette

Hikari Sinking Wafers

In Food on April 29, 2011 at 09:39

Kamihata Fish Industries was founded in 1877 and is the parent company of Hikari. On Hikari’s website, they proudly boast a century of experience through their front page banner. A boast like this usually relates a century of experience to a refined and quality product. Although few companies can live up to such a claim, we feel that Hikari’s claim is justified.

The range of Hikari’s feed is extensive and is categorised into three broad categories – Koi, Goldfish and Tropical. In these three categories, the products are further categorised into sub-categories. It is not a understatement when we say Hikari produces very specific feeds for specific purposes. This review will be focusing on the new Hikari Sinking Wafers for bottom feeders.

Marketing language

1. Unique disc becomes soft gradually.

2. Highly digestible and carefully balanced diet.

3. A ‘soft wafer’ that is developed for bottom feeders who have small downward facing mouths and must gulp their food.

4. An extremely flavourful diet that offers premium-grade fish meal, silkworm and krill meal with superb nutrient balance.

5. Perfect for smaller aquariums or to target feed multiple areas of larger tanks thus avoiding competition for food.

6. A highly digestible, scientifically developed ingredient profile to help most bottom feeders develop their full potential.

7. Contains stabilised vitamin C which supports a healthy immune system.

8. Loaded with pure-cultured spirulina to help your underwater friends look their best, always.

Guranteed Analysis 

1. Crude Protein: min 36%

2. Crude Fat: min 9.0%

3. Crude Fiber: max 4.0%

4. Moisture: max 10%

5. Crude Ash: max 16%

6. Phosphorus: min 0.8%

Ingredients

Fish meal  | wheat germ meal | soyabean meal | wheat flour | silkworm pupa meal | dried seaweed meal | dried bakery product | brewers dried yeast | fish oil | krill meal |spirulina | garlic | DL-methionine | astaxanthin | choline chloride | vitamin E supplement | L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilised vitamin C)  | inositol | calcium pantothenate | riboflavin | vitamin A oil | thiamine mono-nitrate | pyridoxine  hydrochloride | niacin | menadione sodium bisulfate complex (source of vitamin K) | folic acid | vitamin D3 supplement | biotin | disodium phosphate | ferrous sulfate | magnesium sulfate | zinc sulfate | manganese sulfate | cobalt sulfate | calcium iodate

sinking wafers | older version

sinking wafers | newer version

We do not currently have technical access to the older version of these sinking wafers, but we have used them before. The main difference between the two is its size. The older version was bigger and flatter while the newer version is smaller and thicker, quite similar to the sinking carnivore pellets. We really appreciate the change in size because the older version tend to take some time to sink, while the new version drops like a stone. The sinking properties of the new version ensures that your wafers land exactly where you want it to. Gone are the days where these wafers will move with the current while sinking, and get stuck in places where they are left uneaten. Uneaten fish feed is the number one pollutant in our aquarium.

Another way that these pellets help ensure good water conditions is their ability to stay in one piece, until a bottom feeder finds it. Even then, they do not readily break into tiny pieces that will move with the water current out of the feeding area. They mostly break into big (relatively speaking) clumps that stay put, but are soft enough that the bottom feeder feeds with ease. In our opinion, this is quite a remarkable work of engineering.

Our corydoras are fed solely on these sinking wafers. Our corydoras are healthy, active and have bred successively in our 15 litre tank. We do not see any difference in feed rate or health levels between the older and newer versions. Some have emphasised the importance of varied fish feeds for our fauna and we think there is no harm in doing so. But if you do not want to mess with multiple feeds and desire to just use a single feed, this feed alone is suitable for bottom feeders.

Although we may never understand all the ingredients in our sinking wafers and what exactly they do, seeing them this healthy is proof enough. It is also quite impressive that the marketing language for Hikari Sinking Wafers is pretty accurate. If you keep bottom feeding fauna, we highly recommend Hikari’s Sinking Wafers.

one of our C. Sterbai

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credit: http://www.hikari.info/tropical/t_03.html

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