I haven't noticed any extra color enhancement compared to my old food but I haven't had any fish deaths due to bloat since switching over to NLS. The lower protein makes it easier to digest so I don't have to worry about over feeding anymore.
This is by far my first choice in sinking pellet food for my cichlids. I have used the vast majority of the brands out there and this is by far the most accepted pellet food in my tanks. My fish absolutely love these pellets and all come out of hiding the second they see me opening the container and opening the hood (they won't do this if I have to change up food on them for a week or so).
Ok this might be premature but i just paid retail for three different sizes of this NLS and it clouds my tank so fast that im not sure i want to use it. Do i have to rince my fish food before putting it in my tank?? Wow!!! very frustrating. Not sure how to rate it yet or if i will get that far. btw i have 5 large tanks of Lake Malawi Cichlids. Maybe its good but it looks like i would really be doing a ton more cleaning witch is a huge job in my home.I think i will stick to Dainichi. Hikari has MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in it witch i am alergic to and makes my arms break out. So i will never use Hikari.
I will never go back to Hikarri or Omega one...this stuff is great!
chinolal has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 6.75/10
April 10, 2012
"Fish love it, I hate it"
I tried a variety of pellets to see which ones work best. New life Spectrum Cichlid formula is a very high quality pellet food. It will bring out your natural fish colors and the fish will love it. However, it is VERY MESSY!!! I have texas holey rocks and they will turn brown because of the leftover food and fish poop. The fish will poop a hideous brown string that will certainly make your tank look ugly. Also, you will find yourself cleaning your filter almost every week.
Another note is that this food will bring out the color, but not the growth of your fish. I feed my cichlids hikari excel and they grow like crazy. Furthermore, dainichi color supreme is a much better pellet that will bring out the color of your fish in a matter of days. They will really glow.
Overall, NLS is a food that will entice your fish. It is not a pellet that I would recommend for people that hate to clean out their tank. Good for brining out the color, but not growth.
Good food is expensive. I bought my NLS pellets online and saved a bunch. If you get the chance, you should try NLS Spectrum food. Every store I've ever been to recommends it. Two local stores said it's what they feed there cichlids. For some reason the NLS was getting hard to find a few years ago. So, I went out and bought a different brand. Neither my new cichlids or the ones I had for a while liked anything. I swear I tried everything. (I tried Hikari and Dainichi, sinking, floating, pellets, flakes, sticks, krill, carnivore, herbivore, ECT) They would just watch the food but never bothered to try it. Several liked cucumber though. I eventually bought some NLS from a little online store.(I recommend buying larger containers to save money.) I got NLS Spectum Grow and Color Enhancing. Every guy in the tank went crazy for it. I swear the color enhancing worked. Even my burundi started showing color. I noticed a beautiful blue color in his pectoral fins. I didn't expect color from a black and white fish. The only thing Ii did was change food. Bottom line is it's great food. I don't know why but it worked when nothing else did. I would try the color enhancing 1st. I haven't looked but I think it's cheaper than Hikari and Dainichi.
Not a problem when using this food. My fish eats this stuff before it hits the bottom of the tank!! Never lost any of my tropheus due to bloat on this stuff. My hai reef peacocks are so colored up it is fantastic! When using this food, My fish seem to be breeding regularly. The tip of the hat to Mr. Teapot for introducing his food to us!!! I would reccomend this product to anyone who is a beginner or a novel hobbist. Happy fish keeping!!!!
I am so glad I found this fish food formula. I have done a ton of reading about it and how effective it is compared to other formulas. I thought I would give it a shot and my cichlids LOVE it. They have never been so excited to eat before. They sit at the top of the water now and dont let a single pellet hit the gravel. They love this. I have seen their energy and color improve along with their growth. I would recommend this to anyone.
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