Agcore Offering Aquarium Fish a Better Diet

Seagriculture EU 2024
Agcore aquarium fish

Aquarium fish food manufacturers are becoming more health and eco-conscious in their formulations. iStock: barbaraaaa

As sustainability increasingly influences pet food development, aquarium fish food manufacturers are becoming more health and eco conscious in their formulations.

Traditional fish feed often relies on ingredients such as fish meal, shrimp meal, krill meal, and fish oil, contributing to overfishing and environmental degradation. By incorporating algae ingredients, one aquaculturist claims that his company is promoting overall fish health and reducing waste in aquariums, fostering a healthier and more sustainable aquatic environment.

Lawrence Dressler, founder of Agcore Foods, the manufacturer of BluEco Sustainable Fish Food, says that they have identified an opportunity to address common health issues in ornamental fish, including inflammation and digestion. “We believe that BluEco represents a significant step forward in marine ecosystem preservation,” says Dressler. “Our mission is to provide aquarists and fish enthusiasts with a sustainable alternative that not only nourishes their fish but also protects our oceans for future generations.”

Agcore’s fish food products are grain-free and their nutrient-dense, eco-friendly, ingredient formulations include four types of micro- and macroalgae, along with insect meal. The four algae species incorporated in BluEco Sustainable Fish Food were selected to maximize nutritional benefits and support fish health:

1. Organic Atlantic kelp meal (Ascophyllum nodosum): A nutrient-rich brown seaweed known for its high nutritional value. The Atlantic kelp provides essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to promote overall fish health.

2. Agcore’s farmed spirulina: The company’s fresh spirulina has a high bio-available protein content, exceeding 58%. Rich in carotenoids and xanthophyll pigments, spirulina enhances fish coloring while supporting immunity with its antioxidant properties. Additionally, it improves skin and fin appearance for vibrant, healthy fish.

3. Haematococcus pluvialis: Abundant in astaxanthin, this microalgae strain is a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. Astaxanthin supports fish health and vitality, offering a wide range of health benefits.

4. Omega-3 DHA & EPA algae oil: Derived from algae, this oil provides essential omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These fatty acids are crucial for fish growth, development, and overall well-being.

Agcore tested BluEco extensively in real-world settings — being fed to a wide variety of fish in national aquariums, retailers, and home tanks. Analysis of results suggested the composition target: crude protein 40% min, crude fat 6.5% min, crude fiber 5% max, and moisture 8% max.

The food’s form factor comes as mini sticks that are easily consumed by cichlids, catfish, discus, goldfish, plecos, and many more aquarium dwellers.

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