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Hikari Cichlid Excel
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Product Description:
Hikari Cichlid ExcelCichlid Excel is the product of choice for African cichlids from the Hikari line of premium cichlid diets. The originator of pelleted cichlid foods in the USA, brings you an excellent option for cichlids or larger tropical fish that are more herbivorous in nature. Available in two pellet sizes this diet offers accelerated growth, superior neon coloration and outstanding form as well as offering a nutritional package that is easily assimilated. If you've always given your cichlids and big herbivorous fish the best diet you could find, look no farther than the leader in premium aquatic nutrition worldwide, Hikari.
Product Specifications:
2 Oz Mini Pellet, 8.8 Oz Mini Pellet, 2 Oz Medium Pellet, 8.8 Oz Medium Pellet and 2.2 Lb Medium Pellet.
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User Ratings: (15 reviews)
Overall: 8.68
Value/Cost: 8.33
Effectiveness: 8.73
Quality: 9.00
Ease of use: 8.67
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Mudkicker has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 February 23, 2015
I have seen definite improvements in growth, color and overall health with this food. Fish grow fast and have more energy. I highly recommend this product.
69er has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 7.75/10 December 29, 2011
"Good food."
I supplement this with my Cichlid Gold and flakes for my Labs and Peacocks. Cant say I saw any difference after 3 months of use. Others said it really helped bring out some color, but...
Voodoo Chilli has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 February 22, 2009
"Typical high quality product from Hikari."
erikbonzo has used this product for .
Overall Rating: 10/10 October 19, 2008
"The best herbovorous cochlid food I've tried ever"
Simply the best food i have used on my malawis ever, growth, digetibility, color, value... all packed in the same bag.
jjett77 has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10 December 30, 2007
"Great growth food"
Looking to grow your cichlids large and FAST? This is your food. I have two malawi dolphins (which are slow growers) that I feed this food to regularly and they have doubled in size in less than 3 months. I still, until this day, can't beleive how fast the dolphins and the rest of my fish are growing. I have used NLS for a few years and haven't had near the results with growth that I do with this food. The colors are also very vivid and bright. Just because this contains protein only from spirulina/greens does not mean it's not suitable for carnivores that reguire high protein from meat.......there is still plenty of protein coming from the greens/spirulina. So, it is good for all fish, you can't go wrong. Feeding this, NLS, The European Shrimp Mix (that can be found on this site through searching and/or in foods section) and maybe some spirulina/algae sheets and your fish get everything they need for a healthy immune system and long life.
geoff_tropheus has used this product for .
Overall Rating: 9.5/10 October 22, 2007
"I feed it to my Tropheus"
I feed the mini-pellet once a day to my Tropheus for 6 years and have always had excellent results from it.

It is a excellent food to add to your feeding regime.
DnBJunglistDnB has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 7.75/10 September 23, 2005
"If it only sank..."
Excellent for top feeders, not so for the lower since it floats. The fish that did go for it love it.
Randy_G has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 February 27, 2004
"A good staple for your fishies"
I feed this food along with Hikari's Gold as a staple, everyday food. All (including my Ruby Barbs) devour this with gusto.
has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9/10 October 28, 2003
"Top Quality Color Enhancing Food!"
This food is much more than a "Spirulina" based food, it's secret ingredient is Alfalfa Meal.

Alfalfa meal may not be an ingredient that most hobbyists recognize as a Cichlid color enhancer, but it has a very high content of Xanthophylls (lutein). Individual xanthophylls differ in their ability to impart color, and this food offers another key ingredient in my color enhancing program.

The large pellets seem to be awkward for even the fish to take in & hold, but the mini pellets are accepted by all fish from 2"-5".

Another great food to add to any Cichlid diet!

Fshkpr1 has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 8.75/10
"excellent "all around" food!"
Have used this for over 3 years as one of the main diet. Extra spirulina is great for blue color and healthy immune system. Won't fall apart easily even after soaking for half an hour. Accepted by most specie but may not provide all the nuitritions for piscivores/meat eaters.
grumps has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 8.25/10
"All my cichlids will eat this pellet"
This is the only pellet that all my species will eat. I pre-soak and squeeze out the air when feeding to Frontosa. Good product volume for the price.
Auballagh has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
"An Outstanding Product"
Worth the price. This food seems to have it all. This product is a mainstay of my fishes diet, and they are thriving on it! Strongest possible recommendation.
murphydog has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
"Very Good"
I have found all my Cichlids like this food. I have tried both the medium and mini pellet. Even after pre-soaking for a few minutes I find that they tend to spit the medium pellets back out to break them up. They quickly gobble up the bits but some always fall to the bottom. The mini pellet on the other hand is small enough for 1 1/2" fish for sure and my 6" Red Zebra doesn't seem to mind sucking up a pile of the smaller pellets. I also would recommend this product without hesitation. I do mix this with other foods to provide a more varried diet however.
mbunaman53 has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 7.25/10
"pretty good"
handy packaging, a decent product all-round, fish do like it, and do well by it...
jsmity52 has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
"The best food I have ever used!"
I have used a number of differant types of food, and this one is by fare the best. I started using it around two months ago. This product has increased the color in my fish and the seem much healthier. The product is also nice since it floats MUCH better than flake, I have never seen any hitting the bottem. The fish seem to love it, they devoure it. So all in all I would recomend this product to every one.
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