Jump to content
Kokos Goldfish Forum
Sign in to follow this  
perkinchung

Protein % and serving size

Recommended Posts

Hi all,

This might sound like a dumb question, but can someone explain the "min. Protein" percentages on various foods to me? For example, ProGold says it's 40% protein, so does that mean each pellet contains 40% protein? Or cubes of Hikari bloodworms, it says only min. 6% protein but yet it's recommended for wen growth. How should I interpret these percentages?

Many thanks,

Perkin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all,

This might sound like a dumb question, but can someone explain the "min. Protein" percentages on various foods to me? For example, ProGold says it's 40% protein, so does that mean each pellet contains 40% protein? Or cubes of Hikari bloodworms, it says only min. 6% protein but yet it's recommended for wen growth. How should I interpret these percentages?

Many thanks,

Perkin

Hi Perkin. The percentages displayed are the guaranteed minimum for the food. So, Pro-Gold is guaranteed to contain at least 40% protein.

Hikari bloodworms are mostly water (makes sense, right?), and guaranteed at least 6% protein. It's not recommended for wen growth because it contains only 6% proteins, but is recommended because it contains the right amino acids, or the building blocks of proteins.

Keep in mind that bloodworms are not a complete diet for goldfish. Animal bits should only constitute 15-20% of the goldfish diet, ideally.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Alex. I don't think I asked the question correctly - so guaranteed 40% protein depends on how many pellets one feeds, right? I'm thinking of our own nutrition facts - OJ gives you 100% vitamin C with one 8oz cup. So what's the serving size to get that 40% protein for Pro Gold? I hope I'm making sense!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe each pellet would be made up of at least 40% sourced from protein

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Alex. I don't think I asked the question correctly - so guaranteed 40% protein depends on how many pellets one feeds, right? I'm thinking of our own nutrition facts - OJ gives you 100% vitamin C with one 8oz cup. So what's the serving size to get that 40% protein for Pro Gold? I hope I'm making sense!

You do make sense :)

Each pellet of Pro-Gold contains a minimum of 40% protein. However, it doesn't say what a serving size is, since that will vary based on age and the size of the fish.

For Pro-Gold, a good place to start out is 0.5% of body weight in food per day, to be divided into 3-6+ meals. From there, you can either increase or decrease the amount, depending on how much growth you want or don't want.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got it! I understand now.

I still have to get a scale - the idea of weighing a fish out of water is out in left field for me, but when I come around to it, I know I should do it!

For now, it's been 3-5 Progold or Hikari lionhead pellets for each fish, twice a day feedings. They're all about 3.5-4 inches so that makes it a bit easier to avoid over/under feeding. They are happy but I will experiment with attention to not overfeed.

Thanks a bunch.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got it! I understand now.

I still have to get a scale - the idea of weighing a fish out of water is out in left field for me, but when I come around to it, I know I should do it!

For now, it's been 3-5 Progold or Hikari lionhead pellets for each fish, twice a day feedings. They're all about 3.5-4 inches so that makes it a bit easier to avoid over/under feeding. They are happy but I will experiment with attention to not overfeed.

Thanks a bunch.

The fish doesn't need to be out of the water for you to weigh it! Here's a how-to video. It's pretty easy actually. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...