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Hikari Cichlid Staple
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Product Description:
Hikari Cichlid StapleCichlid Staple is an economical daily diet from the Hikari line of premium cichlid diets. The originator of pelleted cichlid foods in the USA, brings you an excellent option for most cichlids or larger tropical fish where value is a consideration. Available in four pellet sizes this diet offers accelerated growth, and outstanding form, as well as offering, a balanced nutrient package most cichlids can readily assimilate. If you've always given your cichlids and bigger tropical fish the best diet you could find, look no farther than the leader in premium aquatic nutrition worldwide, Hikari.
Product Specifications:
2 Oz Baby Pellet, 8.8 Oz Baby Pellet, 22 Lb Baby Pellet, 2 Oz Mini Pellet, 8.8 Oz Mini Pellet, 22 Lb Mini Pellet, 2 Oz Medium Pellet, 8.8 Oz Medium Pellet and 22 Lb Medium Pellet, 2 Oz Large Pellet, 8.8 Oz Large Pellet and 22 Lb Large Pellet.
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User Ratings: (18 reviews)
Overall: 7.24
Value/Cost: 7.39
Effectiveness: 6.56
Quality: 7.22
Ease of use: 7.78
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DCEyeBiter has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 5.5/10 November 12, 2009
"My greedy fry don't like it."
I tried to put the O. Lithobates fry that I'm growing out on this (they were on Omega One crushed flakes before)and needless to say they refuse to eat it. They rushed to the top of the tank for the Omega flakes.... for this stuff, they tried it and spit it right out. I tried going a day without feeding them and then tried to feed them this... same thing. I'm going to try the Cichlid Gold next.
SupeDM has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 6.25/10 October 4, 2009
"My fish wont touch it."
I like the hikari floating pellets however after feeding some other types of food for a while my fish just ignore this stuff. I have started using the gold as a staple food as my fish love it but still seem to hate the staple. I rated it very high for quality because it is a high quality food. It floats for a long time doesnt cloud the water. I just wish my fish would eat it.
Voodoo Chilli has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.25/10 September 27, 2008
This isn't as nutritious as Hikari's other products, but it makes for a great staple product to include in a varied diet of other foods. My chocolate cichlid eats this just as readily as any other food offered. Great value.
Burtess has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 7/10 February 2, 2008
"Cichlid Gold is worth the extra couple bucks..."
Fish don't seem to like this pellet. I would suggest the Cichlid Gold since it is only a couple dollars more, and I have never had a fish reject the Gold....
mbunakid has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 9/10 December 2, 2007
"Great food very clean"
I bought this and right away after a few weeks I noticed my fish getting better all of the mbuna go for it and even my frontosa. The color got a lot better they no longer have spirulina spots. I love this food I really like floating foods just because I know when I've fed enough/too much and I used to use the tetra cichlid flake which I also liked but it seemed like some fish, even the same species) would get fat on it while others got super skinny so I switched. For a good sinking pellet trythe NLS cichlid pellet.
nces519 has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 4.5/10 March 13, 2007
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My Malawis won't touch it, neither will my calvus, compressicep (tough they eat towards the bottom of the tank), or my frontosa.
JerseyRob has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 5.75/10 December 7, 2005
"Malawi's won't eat it"
My Cichlids won't even touch this Hikari brand
AQUATIC DESIGNS has used this product for 3 Years or More.
Overall Rating: 10/10 November 22, 2005
"Again a high quality food from the japanese"
By far some of the best food on the planet. Keep up the good work.
fishcake has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 7.75/10 July 3, 2005
"second to Cichlid Gold"
I have no problems with this food but my kids like the Gold pellets better. I finally switched completely over because they wouldn't touch the Staple after supplementing them with Gold anf frozen/dried food. Might be the taste?
BeK has used this product for 1-3 Years.
Overall Rating: 8/10 March 20, 2004
jpmroane has used this product for 0-1 Month.
Overall Rating: 10/10 February 16, 2004
"the best"
I just drop it in and my fish eat it. Nothing simpilar and nothing of beter quality for my buck.
[email protected] has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 9.75/10 December 9, 2003
"Can't go wrong with hikari"
I mix the baby size of these with the gold line for my juvies. As always with Hikari the fish love them and show great color. They float forever so they're great for mbuna and haps. I never soak them, just throw them right in and have never had any problems. Best of all they're CHEAP!!
has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 7/10
"A decent staple food"
My fish have been picky over this Hikari line compared to their other lines.

I do find that certain cichlids, obviously ones that strike at the surface will eat the pellets, but not all seem to be interested in them. My rivulatus does eat it but other surface eaters such as my Severums leave it alone.
Auballagh has used this product for 3-12 Months.
Overall Rating: 5.75/10
"My fish have NOT been impressed..."
Yeah, you gotta soak these babies what seems forever to get 'em soft. Then you put 'The Product' in there, and observe a Lackluster response from usually, very hungry fish.
My fish definitely seem to prefer the more flavorful, 'specialty' products from Hikari over this 'middle-of-the-road' offering.
bigkid_74 has used this product for 1-3 Months.
Overall Rating: 8/10
I have mixed feelings about this product as do my cichlids. I just add a couple here and there to their flake food and they seem to eat them most of the time but, if you have small fish, they should be soaked prioir to feeding or someone isn't going to like you anymore.
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