Has anybody ever used paprika to heighten fish colors?

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Went to That Fish Place the other day & the gentleman sold me frozen brine shrimp and blood worms. He said when I thaw them to add a bit (very small) of paprika to enhance the fishes colors.
I only have smoky paprika so I didn’t use that of course but just wondering if this is a hidden secret or if anybody or everybody has tried this!
 

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Here is what I found on this,

"Believe it or not, there are 11,000 pounds of rock in the aquariums, all of which were individually washed by hand. They are part of the biological filter system (similar to that in a home aquarium) used in each tank. All fish, as well as the species in the terrarium, are maintained on an artificial diet prepared in the aquarium "kitchen." The base is finely ground fish food and clear gelatin to which is added beef heart, vitamins C and Pre-Mix, cod liver oil and paprika. The paprika enhances the fishes' natural colors, making their individual characteristics more discernible to the viewer. "

Wardley Cichlid Flakes
A flake food diet for carnivorous and herbivorous cichlids. It provides balanced nutrition for normal growth, health and coloration. Has added paprika and other natural colour enhancers

Fish Food

Vitamin B1 (thiamin)
effect: breakdown of carbohydrates, promotes growth and fertility
symptoms of deficiency: frightened behavior, poor growth, decline in appetite.
source: paprika, peas, carrots, spinach

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
effect: control of enzymes and proteins
symptoms of deficiency: cloudy eyes, poor growth, loss of appetite
source: spinach, peas, paprika, carrots

Vitamin B3 (Nicotin acid)
effect: food breakdown of proteins
symptoms of deficiency: weakness, aimless movements, tumors
source: peas, liver, spinach, paprika

Vitamin B5 (Pantothene acid)
effect: hormone production, metabolism
symptoms of deficiency: weakness, sticking gill membranes
source: liver, paprika

Vitamin B6 (Pyridomin) and B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
effect: enzymes, protein metabolism
symptoms of deficiency: increased panting, loss of appetite, timidness, poor growth
source: liver, paprika

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)
effect: bone and tooth development, healing, digestion
symptoms of deficiency: altered skin, liver, and muscle tissue
source: paprika, peas, spinach
 
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Well well well! I’ll use some paprika when I get some! I will not use the smoky one unless I want fire breathing fishes!
 

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I’d recommend buying a high quality American based spice for you and your fishies. I work in an industry that tests spices for human safety and lead is commonly found in highly colored spices in very high amounts. Not good for you or the fish. Lead contamination is spices is one of the most common concerns we have as state food inspectors. Lead Contamination Detected in Paprika in Kansas
 

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coralbandit said:
I use Astaxanthin powder for color besides quality food and vitamins ..
Astaxanthin Powder
Yep works great. It was in the Cyclopeeze I used to buy. Also just a good varied healthy diet will make your fishies colors pop.
 

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coralbandit said:
I use Astaxanthin powder for color besides quality food and vitamins ..
Astaxanthin Powder
Silly question. . . I see it’s in powder form. You mix it with food?
 

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Dunk2 said:
Silly question. . . I see it’s in powder form. You mix it with food?
Yes .It only requires very little .
The ratio is 1 part to 500 parts food so it less then dusting foods! I have a tiny spoon I use to mix it in other foods ..
 

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coralbandit said:
Yes .It only requires very little .
The ratio is 1 part to 500 parts food so it less then dusting foods! I have a tiny spoon I use to mix it in other foods ..
I just ordered some. Thanks for the tip!
 
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