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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:41 pm Post subject: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 You  can  make  one  too!!  all  you  need  is  a  refrigerator,  some  veggies,  bit  of  non-veggie  and  done.
 
 
 People  have  been  making  BHM  for  ages,  but  learning  about  shrimp  mix  at  Aquatica-  2013  was  something  different.  Rahul's(retro_gk)  presentation  on  Earth  eaters  luckily  included  this  and  it  just  caught  on  to  me.  Coming  from  someone  who  feeds  this  to  nearly  all  his  eartheaters,  it  was  a  GO  signal  for  me.
 
 
 These  are  the  ingredients  he  suggested(  sitting  in  last  bench,  I  might  have  missed  precise  qty  of  a  few  and  I  give  a  *  there)
 
 Fresh  shreded  prawn-  500g
 Fresh/Ftozen  packed  peas-  250g
 Spinach-  1  bunch
 Red  capsicum-1large
 Ripe  robustum  banana-  1  large
 Cauliflower  -  50g
 Beans-5/6*
 Garlic-2/3cloves*
 Spirulina  powder-  half  tea  spoon*
 
 
 Blend  all  without  adding  any  water
 Spread  on  tray  and  freeze!!!  and  its  ready  to  serve.
 
 Optional  addition-  fresh  squids,  clams.
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 So  I  just  decided  to  do  a  bit  of  mod  for  my  fish,  which  will  basically  be  few  rasboras  and  Africans,  so  decreased  the  amount  of  protein  in  my  mix,  which  goes  as-
 
 100g  fresh  shredded  prawn  from  Sunday  morning  road  side  market
 5  Bean  pods
 5  spoon  dried  peas,  which  were  put  out  for  sprouting  over  night.
 2  tea  spoon  barley  along  with  peas
 20  grains  of   sabudana,  which  were  put  with  peas  over  night.  Wanted  a  substitute  for  binder
 half  bunch  of  spinach
 1/4th  of  red  capsicum
 50g  beetroot
 1  spoon  of  corn  flour,  
 4  spoons  of  raagi
 3  cloves  of  small  garlic
 1  clove
 4  cashew
 3/4th  spoon  turmeric
 2  fresh  ginger  leaves
 5-6  curry  leaves
 5-6   mint  leaves
 
 blend  and......freeeeze!  at  the  begining  I  felt  the  stuff  is  very  dry  and  I  need  to  add  some  water,  but  holding  onto  temptation  helps,  after  some  more  blending  it  gets  to  the  paste  that  you  would  be  apt.
 
 (things  which  I  wanted  to  add  but  dint  red  banana,  spirulina,  astaxanthin,  cauliflower.  Either  for  price  or  the  quantity  offered  or  avilability)
 
 
 Here  with  some  pictures
 
 
 WP_000500  by  c2988208ae1b199f126a0034a11540f0,  on  Flickr
 
 
 Illustration  only,  not  the  total  amount
 
 WP_000501  by  c2988208ae1b199f126a0034a11540f0,  on  Flickr
 
 Illustration  only,  not  the  total  amount
 
 WP_000499  by  c2988208ae1b199f126a0034a11540f0,  on  Flickr
 
 
 The  end  product,  going  into  the  freezer.  Need  to  get  a  spoon,  or  a  new  box  like  tray  for  ease.
 
 WP_000504  by  c2988208ae1b199f126a0034a11540f0,  on  Flickr
 
 
 Will  post  the  feeding  pictures  soon,  hope  it  works.  Till  then  freeze  well  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:44 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 kool...  Clapping   Thumbs Up  
 
 what  dose  Sabudana  do?  Binder?
 
 How  do  these  leaves  help?
 2  fresh  ginger  leaves,  5-6  curry  leaves,  5-6   mint...
 
 Hope  you  pilled  shells  off  the  peas....they  are  hard  to  digest.....
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:13 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Very  nice.  Eager  to  know  your  fishes  liked  it  ....
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:10 am Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Good  that  more  hobbyists  are  trying  to  vary  the  diet.  
 
 For  storage,  this  is  what  I  learnt  from  loaches.com  -
 Take  few  ziploc  (or  desi  variant)  covers
 Fill  ~20%  full  and  spread  the  food  over  the  entire  cover  by  keeping  it  flat
 You  can  stack  these  covers  in  the  freezer.
 
 Once  frozen,  they  would  be  like  slabs.  You  can  break  a  chunk  and  put  it  into  the  tank.
 
 And  do  let  us  know  if  sabudana  works.  I  would  still  prefer  a  regular  binder.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:27 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Gelatin  is  the  best  binder.  I  use  it  for  the  beef  heart  mix  that  i  make.  
 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:39 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 I  use  Agar-Agar  i  find  it  better  than  Gelatine
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:09 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Yum  yum.  You  can  also  add  boiled  soya,  boiled  spinach,  even  dry  chillies  to  bring  out  the  red  colours.  Instead  of  adding  everything  in  a  single  mix  you  can  make  2  different  mixes  and  feed  them  on  regular  basis.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:46 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Thanks  guys  its  kind  of  experiment,  lets  see.  I  started  feeding  to  rasboras  and  accepted  nicely.  Gonna  try  cichlids.
 
 Thanks  Ruchit,  actually  went  single  as  I  wanted  to  keep  bit  simple.  so  family  too  can  feed  it.  Soya  next  time,  spinach  already  in.
 
 Deepak  Shiv,  if  this  doesn't  work  well  ,  will  shift  to  gelatine.
 
 xx44,  gimger  for  better  digestive  sys.  Rest  from  my  friend  Sunnys  suggestion.
 
 Looking  to  get  hold  of  shallow  tray  box,  like  makeup  box,  so  I  can  pick  precut  cubes.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:48 am Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 But  Y  Ragi  ??  any  advantages...
 Can  have  u  do  a  video  of  the  feeding....wish  to  c  for  any  clouding
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:21 am Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Guys,
 Rules  have  not  changed.  SMS  language  is  still  not  allowed.  
 
 Saikumar,
 It's  always  wonderful  when  we  put  to  practice  what  we  have  learned.  Carry  on  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 @saikumar   Thumb Up  
 
 Have  you  tried  drying  the  mix  instead  rather  than  refrigerating  it  ?
 Normal  Indoor  drying  by  spreading  it  on  butter  paper  OR  Drying  in  the  sun  to  make  it  crisp  (or  will  the  gelatine  melt  in  the  sun)
 Basically  just  like  our  fish  food  pellets
 So  creating  it  in  a  dough  like  structure  and  running  it  through  a  press  which  will  create  strands  like  long  sev  /  noodles  and  then  after  its  crisp  break  it  into  pellets
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:57 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Hi  Pio,
 
 I  have  tried  it  drying  &  it  works.  In  my  case  i  steamed  the  mixture  &  then  sun  dried  it.  Mine  actually  sinks  to  the  bottom  making  it  easier  for  the  shrimps.  I  have  not  used  gelatin..  have  use  a  bit  of  atta,  ragi  etc  as  bonding  agents.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:53 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Hey  guys
 
 Any  alternatives  for  prawn?  maybe  yellow  of  boiled  or  raw  eggs
 
 Idea  looks  interesting
 
 Can't  take  prawns  home.
 
 Sure  formula  for  divorce  Chuckle   Chuckle   or  getting  booted  out  fish,tank  &  myself.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:36 am Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Hi  Krishna,
 
 I  have  been  using  Sardines,  but  in  your  case  that  could  be  a  faster  formula  for  divorce  i  guess   Very Happy  
 
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:17 pm Post subject: Re: Making my own classic fish food Reply with quote

 Thanks  DJ
 Yes  your  proceedure  cooks  the  food  a  little  and  its  good  for  shrimps  like  how  you  normally  blanch  a  carrot  and  then  feed
 
 Krishna  clean  the  prawn  and  take  it  home  and  dump  it  in  the  mixer  when  no  ones  looking  :)
 
 Others
 Any  one  used  agar  agar  or  gelatine  and  then  dried  ?
 
 Saikumar
 You  can  use  Ice  cube  trays.
 Can  you  do  me  a  favour  please.  Dry  a  little  of  your  gelatin  mix  (indoor  or  sun  dried)  and  let  me  know  how  it  stays/remains  in  a  container  (not  in  fridge)  and  if  they  float/sink  when  you  feed  the  fish.  Thanks.
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