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Hikari Premium Fish Foods – BRStv Product Spotlight


Today on BRStv we are going to cover Hikari
premium fish diets. Hikari is a widely distributed brand and can be found in many stores in both
frozen and dry varieties. Today we are going to focus on their pellets, wafers and freeze
dried foods. Let’s start with Hikari as a company. The
aquarium industry has no shortage of new upstarts and giant publicly traded conglomerates run
by boards whose primary goal is really stock holder share value not producing the highest
quality food available. But there is one thing all of them share in common, everyone says
they are the best. The founders of Kyorin, maker of Hikari diets
have been engaged in aquatics for over 130 years. Started as and still is a privately
owned company whose sole focus is exploring aquatic habitat, husbandry and nutrition to
achieve the most attractive, healthy colorful fish. In 1979, they founded the foods division.
Now they’re Japan’s most popular and trusted brand as well Japan’s largest supplier of
tropical fish. For the Japanese aquatics goes beyond a hobby
it’s really more of an art form. Koi being one of the more time-tested and respected
traditions. Hikari foods have been responsible for every single All Japan Grand Champion
koi since 2003, these are quarter million dollar fish where what you feed is not a decision
you take lightly. Even outside of the aquatics well respected organizations like NASA turn
to them when they need special food for use in unique environments like laboratory testing
in space. In the reef tank the two most popular foods
are the Marine A and S. Both use similar ingredients with slightly different formulations and sizes.
A is a larger pellet designed for stable growth and coloration with larger specimens. S is
a smaller pellet designed for small to average sized fish commonly found in a reef tank. First thing you will notice is neither will
cloud the water when added to the tank. The sponge-like pellets hold their shape and won’t
pollute the water. You can see in this demonstration where we soaked the pellets for 5 minutes.
There is very little breakdown as compared to this competitive product that you can see
completely disintegrates. What this means is you can feed less yet still
provide the same nutrition because the fish have much more time to find the food before
it disintegrates and pollutes the water. Less food in the tank means higher quality water
which results in healthier fish and corals, less algae and reduced maintenance like cleaning
the glass and possibly even water changes. In fact taking the time to hydrate the food
in a cup for a minute before using is recommended because the resulting soft sponge like texture
more closely matches foods they would find as a part of their natural diet. Hard pellets
or disintegrating powders are textures pretty far from anything they would find in the wild.
If you would like to take this a step further you can hydrate it in some fresh RO/DI water
which will reduce the salt intake and reduce the energy required to maintain the osmotic
balance saltwater fish are constantly working to achieve. The food itself is made up of primarily sea
based creatures and avoids strange components like fruits and terrestrial animals. These
two foods also provide amongst the highest protein, fat, DHA EPA omega 3 fatty acids
and vitamin levels especially for an omnivorous food which also contains healthy amounts of
algae. The mix is designed to provide nutrients in ratios the fish can utilize for growth
and metabolic function with as little waste as possible. The digestibility and balance of nutrients
is critical to the fish utilizing as much as possible. It isn’t the just the specific
ingredients that are important it’s ratios that are provided in. These building blocks
of nutrition need to be provided in the right ratios. Too much of any one of them will likely
just result in additional waste added to the tank. Hikari also produces the first nori-based
algae wafer with the seaweed extreme. The smaller pellets are designed for top and mid
tank feeders who typically capture the food the moment the foods enter the tank and the
wafers are for fish who like to scavenge and feed off the bottom. This product is 67% seaweed
and can be considered a complete replacement for nori sheets in a much more convenient
form. While it is fun to watch the fish go after
the nori, nori sheets are often fairly high in salt, The holders aren’t particularly attractive
and as a general rule of thumb it is a good idea to keep your hands out of the tank as
much as possible. For those of you looking for an alternative for your algae loving fish
this is a pretty solid option. All three of these foods are packaged in a
foil-line mylar bag with a zip lock to reduce oxidation and preserve the foods. Do yourself
and fish a favor. Make sure to use this to your advantage seal the zip lock between uses. Hikari also offers a freeze dried selection
as well including shrimp and krill. Most reefers like to offer some natural foods and sometimes
frozen food just isn’t an option. Both the Krill and brine shrimp come amazingly intact.
The shrimp come in these cool little cubes. When added directly to the tank they float
around awhile the fish seem to enjoy picking at them. What’s nice is the cube itself is
too large to go down the overflow and the fish pull it away. The krill basically hydrate
back into large intact pieces which is really pretty amazing. The foods are the exact same raw materials
as their frozen sister products. Meaning the shrimp have been gut loaded with vitamins
and nutrients immediately prior to processing to maximize the nutritional quality of the
feed. The freeze drying itself is done with a pharmaceutical
grade process to keep as many nutrients intact as possible. This more advanced and expensive
process removes the moisture while limiting oxidation which allows the food to maintain
many of its original characteristics including color, texture and flavor. The resulting moisture
is typically under 10% verses commonly over 30% with competitive products. The container is purged with nitrogen during
the packaging process to remove oxygen and contains an oxygen adsorbing packet to continue
protecting the product after it has been opened. Freeze dried foods are also an excellent way
to incorporate medications and additional nutrients into the fishes diet by rehydrating
them with products like Selcon, KZ’s Immun Stable or Amino Acids as well as some of the
popular medications produced by Hikari. So take a moment and tell us what you like to
feed down in the comments area down below, we love hearing what the community does as
a whole. If this is your first time with us, hit that subscribe button because we do this
every week. See you next week with another episode of BRStv.

21 Comments

  1. Creation’s Reef Author

    I use to feed hikari pellets for my FW aquarium. In my SW now I feed spectrum pellets and frozen brine shrimp soaked in garlic/vitamins.

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  2. Kurt Bohanon Author

    living in japan I see these products everywhere, but have only considered them momentarily before moving on to more "brand name" (at least ones i had heard of) foods.  the inability to read the package has lead me away, but now I'm disappointed with my choice.  Will likely give the hikari s a try and certainly the shrimp.

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  3. PhoenixWarrior Author

    I'll have to try this, I've never fed my fish pellets or dry food, usually frozen food and nori sheets for my yellow tang. I wonder how they'll react if I did give them dried food

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  4. Reef Raf Author

    I like hikari a lot i use almost all their frozen food such as. cyclopezee, rottifers, plankton (saltwater), and blood worms for the fresh water tank. I have to give their dry food a try right now tho i'm happy with the new life spectrum dry food fish love it they eat it all and their colors are more vivid

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  5. Brian Russell Author

    Food looks great, but I wouldn't dare change the diet of my 9 year old clowns, tang, and angel. I have been feeding them home made food with two things that are always included in the mix; Selcon and frozen seafood medley.

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  6. shechshire Author

    LRS reef frenzy is good too & it's AMERICAN so you're helping out our own hobby's home economy instead of Asia. It's a small locally owned business that uses nothing but the highest quality ingredients.

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  7. Marine Biologist Author

    BRS TV. your Videos are always enjoyable …. as for food . i feed my fish  Tetra marine XL granules and some aquafin marine freeze dried shrimp . 

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  8. Cycnoches2012 Author

    I like to feed so I will try anything.  Just getting into anemones so that F.D.Krill prep looks neat.  I like to feed gel foods.  They lend themselves to customizing.  so I could grind the Hikari to add to the gel foods.  thanks for the great vid !!

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