Fish food Invertebrates Reviews

Review: Hikari Crab Cuisine

May 31, 2013
hikari cab cuisine

As you may know, a while ago I set up a 5 gallon aquarium for three Cajun dwarf crayfish (Cambarellus shufeldtii). When getting the crays, I also grabbed a pack of food from a brand I know and love: Hikari crab cuisine. I also feed Hikari to my goldfish and have had great experiences with it so far, so my expectations were quite high.

The information on the back of the pack seemed mostly correct, which is always a big plus to me when it comes to aquarium products. The text contained a few quotes that seemed particularly interesting to me – it said the pellets were mineral-enriched and promoted healthy shell development in crustaceans because of this. It also mentioned that the pellets wouldn’t fall apart “to allow prolonged access”. So no failed molts because of calcium deficiencies and no dirty water due to pellets falling apart? Sounded quite promising!

The crayfish nibbling on a Hikari Crab Cuisine pellet!

The crayfish nibbling on a Hikari Crab Cuisine pellet! Click to enlarge.

Luckily, I was not disappointed. It’s been almost 3 months since I started feeding my crayfish Hikari Crab Cuisine and they have grown very well and molted many times since – around 8 times between the 3 of them as far as I could see. For some extra variety in their diet, I also feed the crays pieces of fresh veggies, algae tablets and goldfish gel food.

Because of the minerals Hikari Crab Cuisine contains I have also been feeding this food to the snails in my snail breeding tank and, occasionally, the shrimp in our tropical aquarium. They all love it, although I would not use this as a daily food for either of them because they both need more plant matter in their diet.

Hikari crab cuisine

Before and after soaking. It retains the shape of the second photo for hours.

All in all, Hikari Crab Cuisine is definitely a food I would recommend if you’re looking for a daily staple for crustaceans like crabs, crayfish and hermit crabs. It seems to aid in succesful molting, the pellets are appropriately sized for these smaller invertebrates, it keeps its promise of not falling apart and one pack will likely last you a long time. Of course it’s still a good idea to feed your crustaceans other foods now and then to provide them with a varied diet, but as a regular staple, this does just fine.

For more information about Hikari Crab Cuisine and the ingredients and nutrients, check out the Hikari website (which, by the way, also contains some interesting videos about how they make their products).
You can buy Hikari Crab Cuisine for your crayfish, crabs or hermit crabs or as a snack for snails, shrimp and bottom feeding fish on Amazon.

If you have any more questions about my crayfish or this food, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Happy fishkeeping!

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  • Reply mac August 2, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Appreciate the review. I currently have three tanks, all cycling (so fishless) but preparing for Sakura shrimp in one, CPO’s in another. No. 3 still undecided.
    But I’m buying supplies, and just bought Hiraki Crab Cuisine, Shrimp Cuisine, and Algae Wafers.
    Keep up the awesome site! I’d like to see more product reviews, especially regarding inverts.

    • Reply Mari August 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Sounds like you’re very well prepared! Those tanks sound awesome, great to see someone else with a passion for inverts 😀 are you planning on fish for the 3rd tank or more inverts?
      I’m attending the Holland Koi Show this month, so hopefully I’ll be able to score some fish food samples there for more reviews!

  • Reply Cindy Coyle June 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I very much appreciate your review of the fish food, and look forward to reviews of other aquarium-related products in the future.
    I value the opinion of someone who is knowledgable about products they’ve tried, and can give an honest opinion.
    Thank you!

    • Reply Mari June 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Glad you like the idea of doing more reviews! I will be attending a big koi show this August so hopefully I can take tons of food/product samples with me from there to test and write about 😀

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