For the discriminating hobbyist, the world’s most recognized premium aquatic diets!

Our Mission

Hikari, the "originator" of premium aquatic diets has been copied by many, but equaled by none. For over 133 years we've spent considerable time exploring natural habitats of fish, breeding fish in our own facilities, producing diets in our own factories and researching the impact our diets have over time. These unique insights into the nutritional needs of fish give a competitive advantage no other fish food maker can duplicate and allow us to produce diets that will not only maintain their health, but assist you in keeping your aquarium & pond in top form. Additionally, the complete control of the production process for each of our diets allows us to provide you with the quality you have come to expect from the leader in aquatic nutrition, worldwide. Use Hikari, because you love your aquatic pets as much as they love you!

Hikari—Japan’s most popular brand offers you quality you can depend on!

Kyorin Co., Ltd., maker of Hikari aquatic diets, calls upon over thirteen decades of ornamental fish-breeding experience to bring you the finest premium aquatic diets available today. Hikari is by far the most popular brand in Japan, a nation known for its fine ornamental fish. Today throughout the world, hobbyists with the health of their pet as their first priority, feed them Hikari.

Hikari's quality is a direct result of the many activities undertaken to understand fish, their eating habits and their dietary requirements. It all starts with exploration to study the actual habitats of tropical fish. This invaluable experience compliments intensive research by our Hikari Aquatic Laboratory staff. Additionally, our world renowned Yamasaki Koi Farm allows us to use our diets first hand, ever noting the growth and coloration characteristics each one offers. We are also the largest shipper of live tropical and marine fish in all of Japan. So, as you can see, we are not producing diets for the sake of selling merchandise, but rather target the health and longevity of the fish. Focusing on bringing about success to the hobbyist through exacting nutrition has allowed us to develop a brand name synonymous with superior quality!

Technology

Utilizing our state-of-the-art facilities, some of which are shown here, Hikari utilizes modern technology to provide you products many have come to depend on. Our exclusive, highly automated factories allow us to control 100% of the manufacturing process. Our experienced staff knows what it takes to maintain our strict quality standards to bring you our world-class diets. Our first hand experience breeding and raising fish, and the scientific data we can collect during this process, give us a clear roadmap for future product improvements and enhancements. Actual experience and physical practice instead of marketing schemes or unproven theory, it's why Hikari is the market leader in premium aquatic diets!

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The 10 acre Yamasaki Koi Farm
Yamasaki Koi Farm
Our Nishikigoi farm covering an area of more than 33,00m2. The breeding and rearing of high quality koi based on the newest technology and time honored tradition is conducted here.

The state-of-the-art Hikari Aquatic Laboratory
The state-of-the-art Hikari Aquatic Laboratory
One of our many state-of-the-art shipping facilities
One of Hikari's shipping facilities. Hikari products are stored on a 50 meter long, hi-tech moving pallet rack system.

Our latest Fukusaki Factory was established in November 2007
Our latest Fukusaki Factory was established in November 2007.

Using our first-hand experience as the basis for success!
Using our first-hand experience as the basis for success!

Computerized Raw Ingredient Storage & Mixing System
Computerized Raw Ingredient Storage & Mixing System

Investigation

How can you produce a "premium" aquatic diet without knowing what the fish need to live a long and healthy life? There are countless answers required before the first sample diets can even be tested in the Hikari Aquatic Laboratory. We feel it's our duty to constantly investigate the natural ecology of fish to make the best food for them. Our exploration to Irian Jaya, Lake Malawi in Africa, Guiana highland, the Indian Ocean, the jungle of Southeast Asia and the Holy River Ayeyawady offer us many secrets to fish health, coloration, and long life.

A wild altum angelfish appeared from the bottom of brown colored water. November 1996, Colombia
A wild altum angelfish appeared from the bottom of brown colored water. November 1996, Colombia

Copadichromis cyaneus we caught. April 1994, Malawi
Copadichromis cyaneus we caught. April 1994, Malawi

Color differences of each lake suggest different water quality, different fishes might live there. June 1993, Irian Jaya
Color differences of each lake suggest different water quality, different fishes might live there. June 1993, Irian Jaya

Dancing with Turkana village women. February 1997, Kenya
Dancing with Turkana village women. February 1997, Kenya

Catching beautiful royal pleco by hand. February 1996, Venezuela
Catching beautiful royal pleco by hand. February 1996, Venezuela
Catching beautiful royal pleco by hand. February 1996, Venezuela

Challenge

Our reputation is so strong and creative ability so diverse that Hikari was called upon by NASA to produce a special diet for "Space Shuttle" fish keeping experiments. We've used this same creativity for all of Hikari diets we've brought to market; our disc type food for plecostomus, Algae Wafers™; our ultra-fine, nutrition packed food for tropical fish, Micro Pellets®; our revolutionary probiotics diet; Saki-Hikari™. We readily accept the challenges required to maintain our market leading position for technology, quality, efficacy, product innovation and package design.

The Challenger Space Shuttle taking off from Florida
The Challenger Space Shuttle taking off from Florida

©NASA/JAXA
©NASA/JAXA

The special diet developed and produced by Hikari for the Space Shuttle experiments
The special diet developed and produced by Hikari for the Space Shuttle experiments

Japanese killifish was used in the Space Shuttle experiments
Japanese killifish was used in the Space Shuttle experiments

Hikari's special diet-An experiment underway aboard the space shuttle
Hikari's special diet-An experiment underway aboard the space shuttle