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Homemade Frozen Fish Food
March 2, 2009
6:54 pm
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Reva
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This article from Loaches Online website, has step by step instructions for making your own frozen fish food. There are pictures, and looks like it would save us a lot of money. It could be alternated with frozen blood worms etc.
http://www.loaches.com/article.....home-cooki...frozen-fishfood /tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" />

March 2, 2009
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I used to make something similar Reva but with slightly different ingredients. Think Dunc tried it too. Can't recommend this sort of food enough. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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March 3, 2009
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Yeah I used a full A4-sized sheet of Matt's homemade frozen food and honestly every fish I've ever fed it to has gone crazy for it.

March 4, 2009
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Matt have you posted it on the site here somewhere? I would like to try yours too! /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

March 4, 2009
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I don't think I've posted it before Reva so here you go; you'll need a decent blender for this. /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> I have to say I very much like the addition of the banana in Martin's recipe but personally would omit the liver.

Fish food recipe:

  • 1 pack frozen mixed seafood (prawns/clams/mussels/squid etc.) - thawed.
  • 1 pack frozen mixed vegetables (broccoli/peas/carrot etc.) - thawed.
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic - crushed.
  • 1/2 pack cichlid pellets - pick a good brand such as Hikari.
  • 5 or 6 organic Spirulina tablets - buy these from the health food shop in large packs.
  • Decent quality flaked fish food; I usually mix a few different ones together.
  • 1 box vege-gel; I prefer to use this as it contains no animal extracts and imo is more suitable for fish.
  • Plastic zip-lock bags.

Throw the thawed seafood and veggies into the blender then the garlic, pellets and Spirulina tablets. Add a bit of water so the blender can more easily work the mixture. If it still isn't blending smoothly add a bit more water. Once it's moving ok start to add flakes until the machine starts to have problems mixing the stuff and there are no visible lumps; now it's thick enough. At this point you should prepare the gelatine as per the instructions on the pack; use all 4 sachets.

You should now have a smooth, thickish green(ish) mixture. When the gelatin is ready mix thoroughly into the mixture then pour onto a tray or trays and stand in the fridge for 30-40 minutes. It should now be a little set and can be stored in the freezer in the plastic zip-lock bags. To feed your fish simply break off the size piece you need and either thaw it a little in a cup of cold water or hold it in the tank until it sinks. If you do the latter you should get fish coming up to feed from your hand once they recognise it as food. You can alter the amount of ingredients depending on how much food you want to make but if you only have 2 or 3 tanks the recipe here should give you a good few months supply.

I should mention this was adapted from a recipe originally given to me by Lee Newman. Buen provecho! /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

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March 4, 2009
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(cough blog cough)

March 4, 2009
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/tongue.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":p" border="0" alt="tongue.gif" /> I would but I can't find the bloody pics I took of the preparation process. Once I have a few more fish here I'll sort it out. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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March 4, 2009
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Thank you Matt /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" /> Sounds delicious /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" />
I think if you get the pics, it should be added to the site here purrrrmanently /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

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