“ Brand: Love Fish / Type: Tropical Fish Flakes „
=== The product ===
A complete fish food (in flake form) for tropical fish.
=== The packaging ===
This comes provided in a plastic pot with a screw top lid. The packaging is sturdy and survived my cat investigating it so must be quite strong.
=== How to use ===
Simply sprinkle a few flakes per fish in to the tank and remove any uneaten flakes after a few minutes.
=== The cost ===
An 18 gram container is around £3.40 and a 50 gram container is around £7.20 so you can save money by purchasing the larger container. I initially purchased the 18 gram container before moving our fish on to pellets rather than flakes so I think I paid about £2.70 when on special offer in Pets At Home.
=== Overall opinion ===
We acquired a cat in 2010 and fish in 2011 and we have been learning lots about looking after them, keeping their tank clean, keeping them healthy and the best things to do to ensure that we need to change the water in the tank as little as possible. We have tried a variety of products recently to ensure that we get the best ones and this was one of the first products we tried and is actually one that we have stopped using now since learning that pellets will hopefully make for less wastage and mess in the tank. These are now reserved for an 'emergency' situation if we run out of pellets or something similar.
This packaging is quite catchy and I guess it stuck in my mind because when we moved on to tropical fish pellets from flakes we ended up sticking with the same brand again! I like how the packaging stands out as there is a wide variety to choose from, particularly in Pets At Home.
This packaging advised me to feed the fish 3 times a day and I found that this was too often for my fish. They were only eating on one, sometimes two occasions, and I ended up fishing a lot of bits of flakes out after 2 or 3 minutes to try and keep the water clean. This felt like a real waste to me and was partly why I started looking in to different products I could feed my fish. I have found, since switching to pellets, that they do still only want to eat once a day and usually just for one minute before getting bored/full and not eating any more again.
These flakes are quite interesting to look at, if a little weird. They are little and large flakes, none a uniform size, and they are various shades of dark red and brown. They have a fishy smell to them (I always find that weird) which is strong but not offensively so and is not quite as putrid as other fish foods that I have smelt before.
My fish were healthy enough while we were feeding them this. They were vibrant, had lots of energy, shot around a lot and no-one died while being fed this so that must be a plus point. My cat is interested in the little pot and I think she is attracted by the smell so she tries to investigate this pot a fair bit and as I mentioned above it withstood that well enough!
Since switching from flakes to pellets I have noticed that my fish tank is a little cleaner for longer so maybe it is making a difference?
It's difficult to comment on the flavour or quality of fish food as fish tend to gobble it up regardless! However, Love Fish is a high-quality product, and they obtain their ingredients from sustainable sources which is nice.
It's affordable and comes in various sized pots. I usually buy the 50g size which costs a little over £5 for the tropical version and will last a VERY long time unless your tank is very large indeed. This is generally better value than alternative brands, considering the quality difference.
I would advise ignoring the feeding instructions though. Fish do not need anything like as much food as fish food brands recommend (they just want to sell more, I think), and 3 feeds per day is more than a little excessive. I would recommend feeding once every other day. Keep an eye on how much food remains uneaten when you clean the tank, and adjust feeds accordingly. Otherwise, excess food may go off in the water and poison the fish.
On a recent trip to my local Pets At Home I noticed they are stocking a new brand of fish food. It was quite a bit cheaper than my regular one so I decided to give it a try.
The fish food is call Love Fish and for tropical flakes costs -------- for a 50g pot.
The flakes come in a bright orange pot with a screw top lid. It has a white label around it with Love Fish in large letters and underneath it says tropical flakes and is suitable for all tropical fish, ( there is one for cold water fish too). The label also tells the customer that the food will provide complete premium nutrition, has a unique large flake formulation and contains natural ingredients. The front of the label also a picture of an angle fish on it.
Love fish flakes is made from sustainably sourced ingredients, will produce less waste in your tank thus keeping the water cleaner, it will enhance the natural colours of your fish and has a unique formulation that locks in nutrition.
The label also has a feeding guide and a list of ingredients that I wont list here but they are easily readable on the pot. The feeding guide advises feeding up to 3 times a day but of course this depends on the individual tank. I personally feed my fish once a day.
The flakes are large as stated and are various shades of brown. They smell fishy but not as strong as my regular brand.
I have been using these love fish flakes now for a month. We have quite a few babies in our tank at the moment so I tend to crumble the flakes a bit before putting them in. The fish seem to like them and they soon disappears. In the month I've been using them I haven't noticed any difference in my fish. They are lively colourful and healthy, but they were like this before. They are always keen to eat the flakes and there's never any left. I cant say I've noticed any less waste in the tank or any change in the colours of my fish but they certainly haven't suffered for changing their food.
Despite the food seeming to be ok and the fish are fine I'm in 2 minds about this Love Fish brand. Every time I feed my fish my 3 cats always sit by my feet and wait patiently for a tiny pinch of food, they've always done it and know when feeding time is. I've always put this down to the fish content in the food, however they wont touch this new one which makes me think the ingredients are not as good as they are claiming because cats wont eat just any old thing.
I will finish the food up but I'm tending to think I will not buy anymore. While the fish seem happy I'm worried the food isn't as good as my previous brand and in time my tank will suffer.