This highly refined formula is enriched with freeze-dried copepods (planktonic crustaceans with high levels of carotenoids and fatty acids), Antarctic krill and spirulina algae, making it an ideal choice as a well balanced and varied diet for all cichlid types. With six seperate applications of color enhancing ingredients, the color promoting properties are rivaled only by our other specialty formula, COLOR FX. At the same time, there are absolutely no compromises in the nutritional qualities. Raw, fully potent vitamins, digestive enzymes and garlic ensure that the fish are healthy and free of internal parasites. As in all Dainichi foods, we included calcium montmorillonite clay to simulate the natural uptake of mineral particles as well as to bind and neutralize metabolic toxins. Furthermore, the scouring action of the clay enhances the rejuvenation of the digestive tract which when combined with only two sources of starch (flour as binder and wheat germ as a source of vitamin E and B) ensures the maximum rate of digestion and assimilation of nutrients. The veggie formulas, VEGGIE PRO, VEGGIE DELUXE and VEGGIE FX are designed to prevent bloating. Rather than swelling to two or three times their original size, the pellets will break down to their granular state in the digestive tract of a fish. This feature makes it virtually impossible to cause "bloat" in even the most strictest of herbivores such as Tropheus species.
Kelp, Antarctic krill meal, wheat flour, white fish meal, spirulina algae, pea protein, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, copepod meal, astaxanthin, montmorillonite clay, gum acacia, garlic, calcium carbonate, protease, beta glucan, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol (D3), DL-alpha-Tocopherol (E), L-ascorbyl-2-poly- phosphate (C), B12 Supplement, Choline Chloride, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (B6), Thiamine Mononitrate, Inositol, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (K), Biotin.
Min. crude protein: 39%
Min. crude fat: 5%
Max. crude fiber: 4%
Max. moisture: 9%
Max. ash: 12%
Feed your fish only as much as they will eat (immediately) in a few minutes, 2 to 4 times daily. Smaller, more frequent feeding are preferred over a single large one. Do not pre-soak the food prior use! Pre-soaking washes out vitamins, color enhancers, other nutrients, and lowers the performance of the food. All Dainichi foods have a low inclusion of starches to prevent excessive swelling in the digestive tract. Pre-soaking of Dainichi cichlid food is absolutely not required nor beneficial!
with a "yellow blaze"
, ideally should have VEGGIE FX as an integral part of their diet. The generous application of cyclops, two types of un-cooked spirulina and krill, bring out the best in cichlids of this type.
Cichlids with a "blaze", such as this male iceberg fryeri
, achieve spectacular results on the VEGGIE FX formula. The dual action of deepening the blue while brightening the blaze is a feature unique only to Dainichi FX line of specialty foods.
This Protomelas taeniolotus
pair was raised on the pre-cursor of VEGGIE FX, Cyclop-eeze® enriched VEGGIE SPECIALTY. The now refined formulation is even more potent. The solid blue head is a distinguishing feature from the jade- faced COLOR SUPREME fed taeniolotus.
females also exhibit maximized coloration. Standard coloration is plain silver.
Gold nugget plecos
not only thrive on this formula, but look great as well!
Melanochromis sp. 'Maingano'
showing off its elongated pelvic fins. This attractive feature appears often in cichlids fed with our copepod-enriched diets. There are no hormones in any Dainichi diets, therefore, other fins retain standard lengths.
demonstrating the origins of its name. The blaze has reached the lateral line on the side of the fish. There is enough marine proteins to satiate even raptorial cichlids such as this hook-nosed individual.
male fed for 9 months with a 50/50 mix of VEGGIE FX and ULTIMA. The encapsulation process featuring krill, copepods, spirulina and vitamins is definitely working! The colors are bright with good sheen.
also do very well on the same diet. Both formulas contain generous amounts of krill both inside and out to provide ample growth opportunity for even slow growing fish like this one. Blue lips are interesting also.
Same pair as above. The size and color of both fish is outstanding by any standards. Like all of Dainichi formulas, VEGGIE FX contains no fillers. As a result, the waste production is unusually small, resulting in a dramatic reduction of algal growth.
The kelp base of VEGGIE FX is a key factor in maintaining high digestibility and good health, while seven applications of color promoting ingredients provide a 'no-holds-barred' degree of color enhancement.
This 1.75" juvenile obliquidens has a very high proportion of red, yet still maintains bright yellow and blue coloration on the body. Maintaining color separation is accomplished only by formulating with as many sources of pigment as possible.
As this group photo of 1 - 1.75" juveniles demonstrates, the coloration resulting from inclusion of astaxanthin-rich ingredients is exceptional, even on young fish such as these. Little less obvious is the enhanced fin growth. This feature is easier to spot when comparing two Lab. hongi siblings, one fed with VEGGIE DELUXE and the other fed with this formula.