Lucantin® Pink (Astaxanthin)
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.
Key benefits of BASF carotenoids
- Highly efficient and cost-effective
- High bioavailability
- Outstanding stability during storage and feed production
- Color can be adjusted to meet customers' expectations
Role in animal nutrition
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.
Lucantin® Pink dosage recommendations for fish and shrimps — to provide good/superior level coloration in marketed/processed product
|Atlantic salmon||70-80||Seawater phase,
70 g body weight – harvest
|Rainbow trout||50-60 (in freshwater)
50 (seawater grown)
|50 g body weight – harvest
100 g body weight – harvest
|Coho salmon||50-70||Entire seawater phase|
|Chinook salmon||50-70||Entire seawater phase|
|Red seabream||50||100 g body weight – harvest|
|Red tilapia||50||100 g body weight – harvest|
|Red snapper||50||100 g body weight – harvest|
|Shrimp1||50-200||12 weeks pre-harvest|
|1 For health benefits throughout the culture of shrimp, continuous feeding of pigment is necessary.
Disclaimer: National regulations may vary and need to be considered prior to product use.
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