Joined: Aug 19, 2005 Posts: 4895 Location: Mathura, UP
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 12:01 pm Post subject: Re: DIY---Veg Fish Food
While I have not got anything aganist home made fish food. It has looked a large hassle for me. Buying ordinary pellets form LFS and feeding live food in a month or so has worked for me.
One of the problems with home made food is that unless you get the recipie very accurate, it tends to disintegrate in water very soon, and water gets polluted.
The fishes you have mentioned are not veg fishes, they need omnivirous diet, in fact tI think they are more suited for non veg diets.
If you feed them greens only, they will have problems.
In my experience feeding ordinaery pellets give good results, just rotate them with tetra bits etc.
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:27 pm Post subject: Re: DIY---Veg Fish Food
Uneed to boil this for Â daily feeding or u prepare and store for further use..?
Can it be deep freezed?[/quote]
You can make around 250 grams at a time, and store in the freezer.
Joined: Aug 10, 2004 Posts: 881 Location: New Delhi-India
Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:32 pm Post subject: Re: DIY---Veg Fish Food
Spirulina is an extremely nutritious blue-green algae that is gaining popularity in health food stores of late. In fact, Spirulina is the oldest cultivated blue-green algae in history, dating back to the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Coincidentally, Spirulina also grows naturally in many lakes including Lake Malawi.
You can use Spirulina supplements as well because of its high vitamin content, including Vitamins A, C, B-12, Iron, Calcium, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Zinc.
But as an alternative to buying your fish food from a local fish store (LFS) is to make it yourself. This can turn out to be much cheaper than commercial foods, and just as nutritious.
This recipe is made with Spirulina powder and AGAR (Agar is a gelatinous substance chiefly used as a culture medium for microbiological work). It may also be refered to as agar-agar, kanten or agal-agal (Ceylon 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 type freezer bags before it sets. In case yo cannot get a Zip Lock type bag take a plastic bag and set flat. The finished product can then be stored in the freezer. Do not use gelatin as the resulting product will be like rubber, and the fish may 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. Feed only as much as as fish will eat in 2-3 minutes.
You can also experiment with this recipe by adding different vegetables. You can add Zukini, spinach may be carrots.peas, broccoli, oranges, apples, lettuce etc as well
You will need to peel the vegetables first, then grate with a cheese grater, and boil it before adding it to the Spirulina-Agar mixture. You might also add liquid Vitamin or Multi Vitamin Capsules, may be half capsule to the receipe and blend it. A little bit of Garlic may also be added.
Please ensure to freeze the food as otherwise it will detoriate and can be harmful for the fish.
Hopefully your fish will enjoy it, but as mentioned before none of these fishes are strictly vegetarian and hence other foods should be mixed.
Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 3:06 pm Post subject: Re: DIY---Veg Fish Food
Why not you try cornflex or Soya nuts(crushed) witha few drops of multivitamin syrups. you can also use garlic juices to enhance your fishes immune power. For colur enhancement you can use carrot juice and merigold juice(to be soaked). Share your views and congrats for stating a new beneficial topics
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