This section of the trial is not as much intended to display the color promoting features of COLOR FX as it is to show its exceptional digestibility. There are a number of misconceptions among hobbyists about what ingredients are safe for Tropheus species and other herbivores. Contrary to popular belief, marine animal proteins like white fish meal, shrimp, krill, NatuRose® (natural astaxanthin), and Cyclop-eeze® are not in any way dangerous to herbivorous fish such as Tropheus. These proteins are readily digested and metabolized by the fish. Much more dangerous is the overuse of starch fillers and binders. As with all other Dainichi foods there are only two forms of starch in this formula, wheat germ to provide the vitamin E and only a minimal amount of flour to bind the ingredients together. Our pellets are designed to split open and break down to their granular state after prolonged exposure to water or digestive fluids. Furthermore, there are un-cooked digestive enzymes and garlic to maximize the rate of digestion and to keep intestinal parasites at bay, as well as calcium montmorillonite clay to keep the digestive tract itself in a constant state of rejuvenation. As a result, even strict vegetarians like theTropheus below, can be fed the 45% protein COLOR FX formula without the slightest worry that they may bloat up. For hobbyists who still have some reservations, we offer a lower protein kelp based FX formula, the VEGGIE FX.
This particular Tropheus was on a steady diet of VEGGIE DELUXE, ULTIMA and occasional PRIMARY KRILL diets until the start of this food trial.
Same fish after ten weeks. The fish is in peak form. The color gain is good and there is certainly a marked improvement in the blue. The high protein diet posed no problems to this fish.
Eight weeks into the trial, the colors of this Tropheus are very good and the fish is feeding voraciously and is in perfect health. As can be seen, the results of the COLOR FX are all positive.
At the end of ten weeks the blue in the fins and the face is outstanding. The combined effects of Cyclop-eeze®, NatuRose® and raw spirulina are simply unmatched.
'Nkambe red sun spot'
tropheus at the start of the trial.
After three months, this tropheus looks worthy of its 'red sunspot'
This seven month old juvenile 'yellow lab' was raised entirely on the FX formulas. Three months of VEGGIE FX was followed by four months of COLOR FX. The fins are exceptionaly well developed with a broad sub-marginal band.
The wide black banding present in the fins of the 'yellow labs' above, is indicative of the Cyclop-eeze® containing diet. The intensification of the black pigment is a feature also observed with our other Cyclop-eeze® specialty food, VEGGIE FX.
Above male at 14 months of age, and still on COLOR FX. The color and finnage is superb. The black in the fins is especially striking. Results like these are only possible with Dainichi FX specialty cichlid food lines.
Same male after four months on COLOR SUPREME formula. Minor difference in coloration. The black and the nicely elongated fins are still un-affected. The positive features gained on FX formulas are easily maintained with regular color food.
Lake Malawi herbivores such as this Labidochromis hongi
, likewise thrive on the premium quality of ingredients found in the COLOR FX formula. Haplochromis Ishmaeli
female, however, does not express much more color than what would be normally expected.
Another male Labidochromis hongi
in the background. This particular individual was bred for more intense blue and orange colors. In both cases the orange color is visibly spreading onto the back of the fish. The high protein formulation of the COLOR FX is in no way a determent or a risk in feeding herbivores like these. There are numerous features incorporated into Dainichi cichlid formulas to eliminate even the remotest chance of bloat in even the strictest of herbivores. As can be seen, both the colors and body conformation are very good.