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Superior to ALL other fish Foods in quality of optimization of ingredients!


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WHY ARE PARADIGM/"AAP PREMIUM ALL NATURAL" THE BEST PREPARED FISH FOODS?

The original creator of of the ingredients and process for Paradigm and now "AAP Premium All Natural" fish foods has been breeding Rift Lake African cichlids going on 30 years now. We have tried every single manufactured fish food there is on the market and was never completely happy with any of them. The creator of Paradigms formula began studying the ingredients and nutritional analysis of each type of food by making comparison charts.
Then he took all the knowledge he learned about the different types of fish and their dietary needs by breeding fish plus all the research he had compiled on the different fish foods on the market including Carl's in depth Fish Nutrition article which he and Carl discussed at length in an aquarium forum for some time. He then decided that he could make a fish food far superior to any other food available.

Now the creator (Clay N) has decided to step it up a notch even more with an even newer formula that is 100% natural and better than his original Paradigm formula. This food is unique unlike how even most of the other better fish foods do not correctly limit/optimize proteins and still have to supplement their food to hit the target needed for optimal fish nutrition.
While there are many other prepared fish foods (or even good DIY recipes) that utilize top quality ingredients (including similar copycat fish foods), this AAP Custom Fish Food by Clay N. is unique in that it seeks to optimize ingredients, such as the before mentioned proteins instead of the popular "the more, the better of quality ingredients". As another example besides proteins, this fish food optimizes the amount of Spirulina used, since there is an optimal amount (reference: Spirulina as a Fish Food)

This is to be sold exclusively as "AAP Premium Custom All Natural" whereby the creator decided the protein make up could be improved. The creator felt the fish were getting more than needed with 99% of the foods available, which made for unnatural bulky fish. It can also cause some health issues with long term feeding as too much protein also can lead to premature renal failure, which unfortunately many of the otherwise very best competing foods tend to ignore this issue and go with "the more the better".
The binders of the food have also been reworked with kelp and peas

Aquarium and Pond Fish Food Nutrition Experts, Paradigm
  • First, he wanted to make a binder using a minimal amount of starch. He originally used egg whites with the Paradigm formula, but later switched over to pea flour that he personally grinds so as to make sure protein levels were not so high that it would produce fatty fish and early onset renal failure as many fish foods can do by not considering optimum protein sources.
    Reference as to protein:
    Fish Nutrition; Protein/Amino Acids

  • Secondly; These "AAP Premium All Natural" along with Paradigm Foods are designed to maximize net energy gain.
    This makes feeding less and getting at least as much or more energy gain possible.
    When the fish can use more of the food it leads to less waste in your aquarium. Less waste in your aquarium obviously means a cleaner tank and therefore healthier and happier fish.
    What "AAP Premium All Natural"/Paradigm Fish Foods is offering is in depth research after working on it for over five years. With the help of their partners Paradigm actually found the low limit for energy aka fat, sugar and starch.
    In the study fish stopped breeding after being fed one of the last trial diets of less than 21-22% combined fats & starch. This means that the females didn't have enough reserve energy to produce eggs.
    Paradigm and now "AAP Custom" raised the energy a little and voila the fish started breeding again. With that being said you can rest assured your fish are getting the proper amount of energy and avoid their liver being covered in stored energy aka fat. We use the sugar and starch first since they can store very little if any.

    The end result is an all natural, no filler, 100% Grain Free fish food; Paradigm does NOT use the min/max system that every other label uses so you will never have to guess what percentage of starch, protein, fat, etc is in the food.

  • Third; "AAP Premium All Natural" along with Paradigm Fish Foods are not a pellet or a flake ­ its a crumble. This way you only have to buy one size. You adjust the size of the food to tailor to your individual fish.
    More importantly, the process producing pellets and most flake foods often produces high heat that can destroy many important water soluble vitamins such as Vitamin C.
    While AAP Custom uses low heat dehydration to produce crumbles and no need to supplement other than the natural ingredients included.

    You spend hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars on your fish....so why not give them the very best fish food you that you possibly can!!

VIDEO; Tropheus eating Paradigm Fish Food - Herbivore

WHY DOES "AAP PREMIUM ALL NATURAL" & PARADIGM USE CERTAIN INGREDIENTS?

Whole Menhaden Fish Meal; which is 92.8% digestible. This is an excellent number for a fish food ingredient.
The whole fish is dried, cooked and ground into meal. 64.2% protein with a complete amino acid profile, 8.9% fat/lipids, 8.3% moisture and 18.6% minerals.
Vitamins Present: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, H and M. 92% Omega 3 and 8% Omega 6.

Whole Menhaden Fish Meal contains Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Chromium, Selenium, Molybdenum, Chromium, Vanadium and Cobalt.
More as to why this is superior fish meal: Fish Nutrition; Amino Acids & Whole Menhaden Fish Meal

FRESHLY MILLED Green Pea Flour: Our unique fresh milled pea flour a great source of fiber and is also used to lower protein.
This ingredient contains 26.6% protein without a complete amino acid profile, 2.4% fat/lipids and 28.2% starch, 27.7% fiber, 6.9% sugar, 3% minerals and 5% moisture.
Pea flour is a superior source of vegetable matter for fish, with one of the most complete vegetable nutritional make-ups of any vegetable sources, including kelp.
Reference: Fish Nutrition; Pea Flour

Human Grade Spirulina Powder: Spirulina is blue ­ green algae (Cyanobacterium). It is a simple, one­celled form of algae that thrives in warm, alkaline fresh­water bodies. Spirulina is 57.1 percent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. Spirulina also provides high concentrations of many other nutrients ­ amino acids, chelated minerals, pigmentations, rhamnose sugars (complex natural plant sugars), trace elements, enzymes ­ that are in an easily assimilable form. 57.1% protein with a complete amino acid profile, 7.1% fat/lipids, 25% carbohydrates, 8% minerals and 2.8% moisture. Vitamins Present: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, C. 40% Omega 3 and 60% Omega 6. Spirulina contains Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Selenium, Iodine and Silicone. The fish's immune system sees spirulina as a bacteria so it boosts the fish's immune system.

Natural Astaxanthin Powder: Excellent ingredient to improve fish''s color in the red/orange spectrum, promote growth and stimulate spawning .
This ingredient is 24% protein without a complete amino acid profile, 14% fat/lipids, 14% minerals, 38% carbohydrates, 8.5% moisture and 1.5% Astaxanthin. . 8% Omega 3 and 92% Omega 6.

Crude Menhaden Fish Oil: Is pressed from Menhaden. 100% fat/lipids. 92% Omega 3 and 8% Omega 6.

Paprika; Paprika has anti­inflammatory properties and gives a boost to the immune system.
This ingredient is 15% protein without a complete amino acid profile, 13% fat/lipids and 8.4% starch, 37.5% fiber, 10% sugar, 7% minerals and 9.1% moisture. It is a very good source of Iron. Vitamins Present: A, C, E, K,and B6. 11% Omega 3 and 89% Omega 6.
Paprika contains Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese and Selenium.
Note: Usually drying reduces Vitamin C to almost nothing however drying Paprika actually increases the Vitamin C.

Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne Pepper has anti­bacterial properties and aids in digestion. This ingredient is 12% protein without a complete amino acid profile, 17% fat/lipids and 19.4% starch, 27.4% fiber, 10.2% sugar, 6% minerals and 8% moisture. Vitamins Present: A, C, E, K, B1, B6, B2, B3, M and Choline. 11% Omega 3 and 89% Omega 6. Cayenne Pepper contains Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Zinc, Manganese and Selenium.

Paradigm Fish Foods, CarnivoreAAP PREMIUM ALL NATURAL CARNIVORE;
8 oz.- $13.99
2 oz.- $3.99


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Ingredients: Whole Menhaden Fish Meal, Corn Bran, Kelp, Green Pea Flour, Human Grade Spirulina Powder, Astaxanthin, Menhaden Fish Oil, Paprika, and Cayenne Pepper.
Vitamins: A, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, M, H, D3, B12


Nutritional Analysis: 40% Protein, 6.6% Fat, 14.2% Starch, 21.1% Fiber, 1% Sugar, 12.4% Minerals/Ash, and 4.7% Moisture.

Recommended Usage:: A Carnivore is a fish that eats other living creatures including fish, invertebrates, insects, insect larvae, etc. Examples: East African Haplochromines Cichlids, Cyprichromis & Julidiochromis Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, Jaguar Cichlids, Oscars, Acaras, and many other similar fish in their natural dietary habitats.
Crumbled to correct size, the Carnivore is excellent for Bettas.

Paradigm Fish Foods, OmnivoreAAP PREMIUM ALL NATURAL OMNIVORE
8 oz. - $13.99
2 oz. - $3.99


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Ingredients (Premium) with improved protein numbers:Whole Menhaden Fish Meal, Kelp, Corn Bran, Green Pea Flour, Human Grade Spirulina Powder, Astaxanthin, Paprika, and Cayenne Pepper.
Vitamins: A, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, M, H, D3, B12


Nutritional Analysis: 38.3% Protein, 18.1% Starch, 19.1% Fiber, 13.3% Minerals/Ash, 5.7% Fat, 0.8% Sugar, and 4.7% Moisture.

Recommended Usage: An Omnivore is a fish that eats other living creatures including fish, invertebrates, insects, insect larvae and also plant matter. They are opportunistic scavengers eating anything they can catch and scraps provided by larger predators.
Example: Many Lake Victorian Cichlid species, also Angelfish, South American Cichlids such as the Apistogramma & Geophagus, Central American Cichlids such as the Midas Cichlid and Jack Dempsey.
Also excellent for general community aquariums (including tetra, livebearers, danios, etc. ) Adult Fresh Water Shrimp and certain Plecostumus.

Paradigm Fish Foods, HerbivoreAAP PREMIUM ALL NATURAL HERBIVORE
8 oz. - $13.99
2 oz. - $3.99


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Ingredients (Premium) with improved protein numbers:Whole Menhaden Fish Meal, Green Pea Flour, Kelp, Corn Bran, Human Grade Spirulina Powder, Menhaden Fish Oil, Astaxanthin, Paprika, and Cayenne Pepper.
Vitamins: A, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, M, H, D3, B12


Nutritional Analysis: 32.9% Protein, 22.7% Starch, 21.7% Fiber, 10.5% Minerals/Ash, 5.5% Fat, 2% Sugar, and 4.7% Moisture..

Recommended Usage: An Herbivore is a fish that primarily eats plant matter. This food is specially formatted for algae grazers like Tropheus Cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, Mbuna, and those fish with longer digestive tracts. The extra fiber helps prevent any type of blockage.

Great for most common/ornamental aquarium Goldfish, Plecostumus and Corydoras.

Also excellent for young Shrimp which normally feed on plant material. In fact potentially better than most shrimp diets such as "Shrimp Crack" (which does not list ingredients, why?) due to how AAP Custom Herbivore is dehydrated with no need for additives.

Herbivore, since it is a floating/sinking food, is an excellent choice for bottom feeders as an option for "Graze" or other sinking pellets/wafers such as by Hikari.

Paradigm Fish Foods, GrowPARADIGM GROW 4 oz.- $9.99

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Ingredients: Whole Menhaden Fish Meal, Green Pea Flour, Shrimp Meal, Spirulina, Astaxanthin, Paprika, and Cayenne Pepper.
Vitamins: A, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, M, H, D3, B12


Nutritional Analysis: 48.8% Protein, 16.4% Fat, 7.5% Starch, 8.6% Fiber, 1.9% Sugar, 12.4% Minerals/Ash, and 4.4% Moisture.

Recommended Usage: Grow is a fry food recommended for use up to first 8 weeks of life.

PLEASE NOTE; that any of the above formulas can also be used for growing out fry, depending upon the fish kept, we simply suggest powdering the crumbles in your fingers or using the dust that remains after feeding older/larger fish for the young fry.

Paradigm Fish Foods, GrazePARADIGM GRAZE 8 oz.- $16.99

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Ingredients: Shrimp Meal, Green Pea Flour, Dried Egg Whites, Human Grade Spirulina Powder, Whole Menhaden Fish Meal, Whole Menhaden Fish Oil, Astaxanthin, Paprika, and Cayenne Pepper.
Vitamins: A, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, M, H, D3, B12


Nutritional Analysis: 45.1% Protein, 5.9% Fat, 9.2% Starch, 14.6% Fiber, 7.5% Sugar, 15.5% Minerals/Ash, and 4.2% Moisture.

Recommended Usage: Paradigm Graze is designed specifically with catfish and plecostomus in mind. It is a hard wafer that can last over 24 hours in the tank (slow dissolving) without clouding the water or breaking right apart. This allows the fish to "graze" on it all day long....especially newly hatched bottom feeders.
Definitely a superior product to the similar sinking wafers from many brands that have come before it.


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Pricing is 40% off retail for labeled packages or one pound (2.2 kg) for $15.00 in an unlabeled bag.

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FEEDING TIPS

AAP Custom/Paradigm Fish Foods are not your typical fish food, so often different ways of administering this product are required over other dried fish foods.

(1) For larger fish; simply feeding direct of grinding between fingers is all that is necessary.

(2) For medium fish, lightly hitting with a a hammer (preferably in a plastic bag) works well.

(3) For smaller fish; again the use of a hammer or rolling pin works well (again in a plastic bag)

AAP Custom Fish Food user Devon Trigg's suggestion:
"Clay Neighbor's AAP Custom takes pride in being able to provide a food they allow the aquatic keep to choose how the food is needed for different fish kept.

For me, I take some of the large chunks and put them in a bag, use these as sinking food for my bottom dwellers. Then I have a bag where I have taken a hammer and broke the food up as fine as I can. I use this for my top dweller by sprinkling it over the top. I also take a pitch and hold it under water and release it for the middle feeders.

It's also an idea to soak the fine food and then pour it into the tank. This will allows the food to sink."
     
 
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