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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 11:02 am Post subject: Home made food! Reply with quote

 Hi  all,
 
 This  is  in  respect    with  the  discussion  which  is  happening  at:  chitchat/Hikari  Pellet  food  availability.
 
 Do  anybody  have  any  idea  of  how  to  prepare  dried  food  for  large  cichlids.
 Is  it  possible  to  mix  fresh  live/dead  insects,  fish/animal  organs  dry  it  and  then  use  it  directly  or  is  there  anyother  procedure  which  reduces  the  bad  odour,  and  pevents  water  decoloration.  
 I  feel  it  would  be  better  for  us  to  start  off  as  it  is  difficult  for  usto  procure  good  food  for  large  cichlids  and  fish  which  enhances  their  growth  and  color.  The  reason  for  posting  is  that  good  imported  food  is  difficult  to  procure  and  if  done  too  it  is  not  affordable  to  many  of  the  hobbyists.  Worm  culture  is  possible  but  it  would  be  good  for  us  to  look  into  the  dry  food  as  it  is  onetime  investment  and  the  headache  and  bacterial  infections  will  be  kept  far.
 
 I  believe  it  is  possible  with  some  inputs  from  experts.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 3:29 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi  Vijay:
 
 Contact  Adip,  Beta,  "Venket  the  Great"...
 They'll  be  able  to  guide  you...  Very Happy
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 Very  good  suggestion  Vijay........infact  i  have  taken  a  printout  of  a  Beefheart  Recipe  which  includes  a  lotta  veggies  and  animal  organs  and  ofcousre  the  staple  beefheart  which  would  help  our  cichlid  friends  bulk  up  in  no  time......so  the  concern  is  that  most  of  us  being  a  bit  spiritual  or  non-veg  kinda  people  we  think  that  the  usage  of  the  beef  heart  would  add  a  lot  of  sin  to  us......so  if  u  are  ready  for  this  recipe  for  your  dear  &  near  tank  buddies  i  can  drop  in  the  recipe...we  can  work  it  out  and  can  share  it  too....  Rolling Eyes
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 Hello  Vijay,
 
 Oscars  are  big  cichlids.  So  if  you  use  frozen  beef  heart  mix,  most  of  the  mix  will  be  puffed  out  through  the  gills  and  invariably  cloud  the  water.  Hence  I  suggest  you  go  in  for  beef  or  beef  heart,  cut  into  small  cubes  and  frozen  so  that  you  can  use  them  over  a  period  of  time.  Occationally  give  them  a  treat  of  fresh  or  frozen  shrimp/praws  and  earth  worms.  Feeding  prawn  enhances  the  red  colouration  on  the  oscars.  (  My  observation)  
 
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 6:39 pm Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Hi  Vijay,
           The  best  food  for  large  chiclids  is  plain  beef  heart  cubes  cleaned  and  kept  frozen.  Once  in  a  way  a  treat  of  fresh  or  frozen  prawns  from  the  supermarket.  Earthworm  cultures  are  available  at  UAS,Hebbal,Bangalore.
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 Wow  Thats  a  great  suggestion  Red  Devil!  The  problem  with  Frozen  Beef  Heart  is  that  I  can  get  it  but  it  is  not  allowed  inside      Mad    So  I  feel  if  it  could  be  dried  and  stored  so  that  it  does  not  get  spoilt  it  would  be  nice.  So  any  idea  about  dried  food  preparation  using  the  mentioned  items??????
 
 Hey  oscar  if  it  is  a  dried  recipe  I  would  definitely  appreciate  you  giving  it  to  me.  I  dont  mind  sharing  a  bit  in  it.  A  BIT!!!!!
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 Have  any  of  you  tried  the  European  Shrimp  mix???  It's  supposed  to  be  very  good  for  Tropheus  Sp.
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 Hi  Guys
 
 If  not  Beef  Heart,  go  for  Lamb  Liver,  Boile  it  and  dry  it  under  sun,  then
 you  can  use  it  after  Freezing  it.  Second  alternate  those  who  want  only  dry
 Food,  go  for  Dog  Biscuts  made  out  of  Liver.  You  can  use  Royal  Cannine
 dog  Food  also.
 
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 I've  been  using  a  modded  shrimp  mix  for  about  6  months...  I  feed  it  to  all  my  fish...Tangs,  Malawians,  S/C  Ams,  W  Africans,  SE  Asians...fish  love  it,  does  not  cloud  water  (YMMV),  seems  to  promote  good  growth.
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 Whats  your  recipe  Rahul?
 
 
 ...and  have  you  setup  your  tank  again?
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 Hi  Vijay,
                   You  can  use  your  friendly  neighbour's  fridge  to  keep  your  beef  heart.  Store  them  in  small  seperate  packs  for  easy  access.  Another  way  is  to  rechristen  the  beef  heart  and  give  it  some  extotic  fish  food  name.  I  think  Madan  was  an  expert  at  this  since  his  family  was  also  strictly  vegetarian.  Get  innovative.  :lol:  
 How  can  you  dry  flesh/meat  without  salt???  Idea


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beta  wrote:                
Whats  your  recipe  Rahul?                

 
 My  current  recipie  is  (~250  grams)  shrimp  (with  tails)  and  deboned  tilapia,  mixed  with  an  equal  part  of  peas  and  broccoli  and  one  teaspoon  spirulina  powder...blend  together,  mix  with  gelatin  and  freeze  once  set.
 
 Once  this  batch  is  finished,  I  will  experiment  with  carrots,  cabbage,  other  fish,  oatmeal  etc.
 
 
                                                 
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...and  have  you  setup  your  tank  again?                

 
 Actually  I  kind  of  went  crazy  over  the  summer  and  now  have  8  tanks!!
 2  S  Am,  1  C  Am,  1  W  African,  1  SE  Asian,  1  tang/malawian  and  2  fry  tanks  Very Happy    Will  post  pics  sooner  or  later
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 We  need  proof  :lol:    Pictures  :lol:  
 
 Aren't  you  planning  to  come  back  to  India?
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 You  will  have  proof  :lol:  
 
 I  am  planning  on  coming  back,  but  I  can't  seem  to  stop  expanding  my  setup...Maybe  I  need  to  join  fishaholics  anonymous!!
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 Rahul,the  recipe  is  ok  for  tropheus  too?...beta,adip,I'll  be  needing  a  similar  recipe  for  fronts  too...feeding  them  tetrabits  is  getting  expensive  and  messy  as  the  larger  fronts  ignore  smaller  bits!!!I  tried  feeding  goat  heart(they  like  it),tried  raw  liver(they  seem  to  love  it),tried  fresh  water  shrimp(love  it).I  tried  checking  out  on  the  net  ,but  none  of  the  places  I  checked  out  ever  mentions  the  above  stuff  to  feed!worried  of  doing  damage....
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