This highly refined formula is enriched with freeze-dried copepods (planktonic crustaceans with high levels of carotenoids and fatty acids), Antarctic krill and spirulina algae, making it an ideal choice as a well balanced and varied diet for all cichlid types. With six separate applications of color enhancing ingredients, the color promoting properties are rivaled only by our other specialty formula, COLOR FX. At the same time, there are absolutely no compromises in the nutritional qualities. Raw, fully potent vitamins, digestive enzymes and garlic ensure that the fish are healthy and free of internal parasites. As in all Dainichi foods, we included calcium montmorillonite clay to simulate the natural uptake of mineral particles as well as to bind and neutralize metabolic toxins. Furthermore, the scouring action of the clay enhances the rejuvenation of the digestive tract which when combined with only two sources of starch (flour as binder and wheat germ as a source of vitamin E and B) ensures the maximum rate of digestion and assimilation of nutrients. The veggie formulas, VEGGIE PRO, VEGGIE DELUXE and VEGGIE FX are designed to prevent bloating. Rather than swelling to two or three times their original size, the pellets will break down to their granular state in the digestive tract of a fish. This feature makes it virtually impossible to cause “bloat” in even the most strictest of herbivores such as Tropheus species.