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What’s the difference between Hikari Fancy Guppy and Micro Pellets?

Hikari has two similar food products that you can feed to your dwarf aquarium fish. So, what is the difference between the Fancy Guppy and Micro Pellets?

You can find out in this comparison guide.

Quick Summary

When compared to the Hikari Micro Pellets, the Hikari Fancy Guppy is a better source for crude protein, crude fat, ash, Vitamin A and Vitamin D3.

On the other hand, the Hikari Micro Pellets contain more crude fiber, phosphorus, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with either one as both products should provide a balanced daily meal for your dwarf fish. If possible, we recommend getting both so that you can to see if your fish prefers the taste of Fancy Guppy or Micro Pellets.

Hikari Fancy Guppy vs. Hikari Micro Pellets Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Aquarium Blueprints’ comparison table for the Fancy Guppy and Micro Pellets below.

 Hikari Fancy GuppyHikari Micro Pellets
Packaging Sizes 0.77 oz (or 22 g)

2.2 lbs. (or 1 kg)
0.77 oz (or 22 g)

1.58 oz (or 45 g)

2.2 lbs. (or 1 kg)
Feeding Directions Feed as much as your fish is willing to eat for 1 minute at 2 to 3 times a dayFeed as much as your fish is willing to eat for 1 minute at 2 to 3 times a day
Ingredients Fish meal

Wheat flour

Soybean meal

Krill meal

Brewers dried yeast

Fish oil

Dried seaweed meal

Hydrolyzed vegetable sucrose polyesters

Soybean oil

DL-methionine

Astaxanthin

Garlic

Choline chloride

Vitamin E supplement

L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C)

Inositol

D-calcium pantothenate

Riboflavin

Vitamin A supplement

Thiamine mononitrate

Pyridoxine hydrochloride

Niacin

Folic acid

Vitamin D3 supplement

Biotin

Ferrous sulfate

Magnesium sulfate

Zinc sulfate

Manganese sulfate

Copper sulfate

Calcium iodate
Fish meal

Krill meal

Soybean meal

Flaked corn

Cuttlefish meal

Brewers dried yeast

Wheat germ meal

Wheat starch

Fish oil

Powdered cellulose

Hydrolyzed vegetable sucrose polyesters

Dried seaweed meal

Lecithin

DL-methionine

Garlic

Spirulina

Astaxanthin

Choline chloride

Vitamin E supplement

L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C)

Inositol

D-calcium pantothenate

Riboflavin

Vitamin A supplement

Thiamine mononitrate

Pyridoxine hydrochloride

Niacin

Folic acid

Vitamin D3 supplement

Biotin

Vitamin B12 supplement

P-aminobenzoic acid

Disodium phosphate

Salt

Ferrous sulfate

Magnesium sulfate

Zinc sulfate

Manganese sulfate

Copper sulfate

Calcium iodate

Red 3 (artificial color)

Yellow 5 (artificial color)
Nutritional Values Crude Protein: min. 50.0%

Crude Fat: min. 8.0%

Crude Fiber: max. 2.0%

Moisture: max. 10.0%

Ash: max. 18.0%

Phosphorus: min. 1.0%

Vitamin A: min. 19,000 IU/kg

Vitamin D3: min. 2,800 IU/kg

Vitamin E: min. 850 IU/kg

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): min. 340 mg/kg
Crude Protein: min. 43.0%

Crude Fat: min. 7.0%

Crude Fiber: max. 7.0%

Moisture: max. 10.0%

Ash: max. 17.0%

Phosphorus: min. 1.1%

Vitamin A: min. 16,000 IU/kg

Vitamin D3: min. 2,400 IU/kg

Vitamin E: min. 960 IU/kg

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): min. 360 mg/kg
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Packaging Sizes

When it come to the packaging sizes, the Micro Pellets brand is the only one of the two to come in a 1.58 oz (45 g) bag.

You can find a breakdown of the available portions below:

Hikari Fancy Guppy:

  • 0.77 oz (or 22 g)
  • 2.2 lbs. (or 1 kg)

Hikari Micro Pellets:

  • 0.77 oz (or 22 g)
  • 1.58 oz (or 45 g)
  • 2.2 lbs. (or 1 kg)

Feeding Directions

The feeding directions for both products are identical.

Hikari recommends giving as much pellets as your dwarf fish is willing to eat for a duration 1 minute at 2 to 3 times every day.

After 1 minute, you might want to consider removing any uneaten pellets. Otherwise, these particles will decompose and may end up causing water quality issues such as spikes in ammonia, nitrites and nitrates.

Ingredients

You can find the ingredients listed for both the Fancy Guppy and Micro Pellets products below:

Hikari Fancy Guppy:

  • Fish meal
  • Wheat flour
  • Soybean meal
  • Krill meal
  • Brewers dried yeast
  • Fish oil
  • Dried seaweed meal
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable sucrose polyesters
  • Soybean oil
  • DL-methionine
  • Astaxanthin
  • Garlic
  • Choline chloride
  • Vitamin E supplement
  • L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C)
  • Inositol
  • D-calcium pantothenate
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A supplement
  • Thiamine mononitrate
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride
  • Niacin
  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin D3 supplement
  • Biotin
  • Ferrous sulfate
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Zinc sulfate
  • Manganese sulfate
  • Copper sulfate
  • Calcium iodate

Hikari Micro Pellets:

  • Fish meal
  • Krill meal
  • Soybean meal
  • Flaked corn
  • Cuttlefish meal
  • Brewers dried yeast
  • Wheat germ meal
  • Wheat starch
  • Fish oil
  • Powdered cellulose
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable sucrose polyesters
  • Dried seaweed meal
  • Lecithin
  • DL-methionine
  • Garlic
  • Spirulina
  • Astaxanthin
  • Choline chloride
  • Vitamin E supplement
  • L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (stabilized vitamin C)
  • Inositol
  • D-calcium pantothenate
  • Riboflavin
  • Vitamin A supplement
  • Thiamine mononitrate
  • Pyridoxine hydrochloride
  • Niacin
  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin D3 supplement
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B12 supplement
  • P-aminobenzoic acid
  • Disodium phosphate
  • Salt
  • Ferrous sulfate
  • Magnesium sulfate
  • Zinc sulfate
  • Manganese sulfate
  • Copper sulfate
  • Calcium iodate
  • Red 3 (artificial color)
  • Yellow 5 (artificial color)

Nutritional Values

When it comes to the nutritional values, the Hikari Fancy Guppy has a higher concentration of crude protein, crude fat, ash, Vitamin A and Vitamin D3.

On the other hand, the Hikari Micro Pellets has a higher concentration of crude fiber, phosphorus, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.

You can find a breakdown of the value for both food products below:

Hikari Fancy Guppy:

  • Crude Protein: min. 50.0%
  • Crude Fat: min. 8.0%
  • Crude Fiber: max. 2.0%
  • Moisture: max. 10.0%
  • Ash: max. 18.0%
  • Phosphorus: min. 1.0%
  • Vitamin A: min. 19,000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D3: min. 2,800 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E: min. 850 IU/kg
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): min. 340 mg/kg

Hikari Micro Pellets:

  • Crude Protein: min. 43.0%
  • Crude Fat: min. 7.0%
  • Crude Fiber: max. 7.0%
  • Moisture: max. 10.0%
  • Ash: max. 17.0%
  • Phosphorus: min. 1.1%
  • Vitamin A: min. 16,000 IU/kg
  • Vitamin D3: min. 2,400 IU/kg
  • Vitamin E: min. 960 IU/kg
  • Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): min. 360 mg/kg

Product Videos

You can take a look at Hikari’s official product videos for these products below:

Hikari Fancy Guppy:

Hikari Micro Pellets:

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