Animal Nutrition

Lucantin® Pink CWD / NXT

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Everybody's favorite color for everybody's favorite food.

Fish, like salmon, trout and crustaceans, for example, use red carotenoid pigments for camouflage and communication. Fish lovers prefer their favorite food colored a delicious pink. Lucantin® Pink is the most efficient way to achieve perfect pigmentation in aquaculture.

Your benefits at a glance

  • Highly efficient and cost-effective
  • High bioavailability
  • Outstanding stability during storage and feed production
  • Color can be adjusted to meet your expectations

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Astaxanthin is a feed additive which intensifies the pigmentation of fish and crustaceans. The animals are reliant on astaxanthin intake since they cannot synthesize the carotenoid them­selves. In the wild, astaxanthin is produced by plants, bacteria, algae and fungi, and from these organisms it is transferred up the food chain and stored in organisms that have the ability to do so. In culture situations where fish and crustaceans are not able to obtain enough “wild pigment” to satisfactorily pigment their tissues, astaxanthin preparations can be incorporated into the formulated feed. 

Animal feed additives - Photo of salmon meat

Fish and crustaceans living in aquaculture cannot feed on carotenoid-containing algae and fish, they have to be provided with additional pigments in their feed. In other words, aquaculture farmers who want their salmon, trout and shrimp to have the desired high-quality color have to give nature a little boost. Lucantin® Pink added to the feed provides the required color.

Animal feed ingredientss - Photo of shrimps

Lucantin® Pink CWD is offered as powder, and Lucantin® Pink NXT is offered as beadlet.

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Lucantin® Pink CWD Powder Aquaculture  10% astaxanthin, dispersible in water

20 kg bag in box

200 kg big bag

400 kg big bag




Lucantin® Pink NXT Beadlet Aquaculture

10% astaxanthin,


25 kg

4 x 5 kg



Our products are also often used in fish ponds and in marine aquacultures. Not only do they bind toxins in feed and ensure excellent performance through rapid growth, they also provide fish and shellfish with all the important vitamins. Lucantin® & Lucarotin® 10% Feed NXT, for example, gives trout and salmon delicate pink flesh and provides the skin of shellfish with a beautiful, vivid color.

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