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Fast And Easy Homemade Fish Food?

Discussion in 'Tropical Discussion' started by williamc, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. williamc

    williamc Member

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    I was wondering if anyone on here has any secret ways to make fish food that is easy and fish like??
     
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    What are you going to make? Flake? Pellets? Frozen? Making your own fish food isn't hard. For example: Take 2 large cooked prawns with shells, 2 tablespoons spirulina powder, 2 droppers of childrens liquid vitamins, and run it through a food processor. Boil 9 tablespoons water and add unflavored gelatin and the rest of the mix and stir briskly until smooth (smooth is a relative term) and allow to cool. Add to small ice cube trays and let freeze. To feed, just drop a cube into the tank. You can add more water to thin out the mix if you are feeding a small number of fish.

    You can change the recipie to suit your needs. It's easy and cheap.

    Here is another recipie plus instructions: http://ovas.ca/index.php?PHPSESSID=e5783ad...569&page=12
     
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    looking at making flakes
     
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    This recipe is somewhat of a derivation of the European Shrimp Mix, but is really good for fry. This recipe is made with Spirulina powder and Agar. Mix the dry Spirulina powder and dry agar together then add boiling water while stirring until you have a smooth thick consistency. You can experiment with different combinations of Spirulina and agar, but a 3 part Spirulina to 1 part agar ratio is about right. You have to be attentive when mixing, as the agar will turn lumpy very quickly. Place the blend into small zip-lock freezer bags before it sets. The finished product can then be stored in the freezer. Do not use gelatin as the resulting product will be like rubber, and the fry have difficulty digesting it. The agar-based product is also softer and easier for them to eat. When it's time to feed the fish, cut the blend into small squares and place in the aquarium.

    You can also experiment with this recipe by adding different vegetables. I have found that a really good additional ingredient is zucchini. You will need to peel it first, then grate with a cheese grater, and boil it before adding it to the Spirulina-Agar mixture. You might also try this with spinach.

    Taken from http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/food_recipes.php
     
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    To make flakes I think you just spread it out on aluminum foil and let it dry. Then you can crumble the dried mixture into the size you need.
     
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    ok thanks
     

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