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Re: Home prep food
Homemade Fish Food Recipe - John Hoernig, 2001, Hebron, IN
I'm responding to this on-list because of the number of requests.
I learned the original recipe from my local aquarium club,
Singing Sands Aquarium Society in Michigan City, IN.
This recipe is the result of hobbyists supporting and contributing
to their association, sharing ideas provided
by the forum, the forum made possible by the paying membership.
Singing Sands membership is critically low.
Its forum may be gone in the near future.
I have modified the original recipe / method to save time in preparation and
Baby food in jars - buy types to suit the fish you are feeding.
Peas, Squash, Complete Meals... you choose.
Knox Gelatin ( in packets) - This is the binder and it is also a
very important food. Add about 1/2 the water as per packet
The liquid in the baby food will provide the rest.
You may need to add additional water if you are using dry ingredients.
Multi Vitamins - if you want to increase vitamins and minerals
in the food... add these. I use a generic but fresh multi-vitamin.
Crush these into a powder... I use a mortar and pestle.
Anything else you want to chop, blend, and add
( frozen spinach, beef hearts, turkey hearts, chicken hearts...).
I don't bother with any of these anymore. There are plenty of baby
food choices to fill any dietary need.
You can mix the Gelatin with water and boil on the stove. Recommended
only if you or someone you love has a pot scrubbing hobby.
I prefer using the microwave and a microwave safe ziploc bag.
Into the bag... add all the ingredients (cold and with the exception of
crushed vitamins) and mix thoroughly. Don't put the Gelatin powder in
Microwave the mix in the bag until hot. You don't need to cook this.
To get the gelatin to bind it only needs to get hot... acts kind of like
Mix in the vitamin powder after activating the gelatin.
Lay the bag out on a cookie sheet and freeze.
Use a cheeze grater and shred the amount of food you need into a
bowl. Add water to the bowl and rinse through a net saving the rinse.
The large particles in the net are good for larger fish. It can be fed
buy hand or mixed with water and fed using a clear catsup bottle.
I prefer a clear catsup bottle to a pipette, turkey baster, or grating
the food over the tank.
Drain the rinse with the small particles through a brine shrimp net.
Add the small particles and clean water into another clear catsup bottle.
From here it is easy to squeeze the right amount of food from the catsup
bottle into the tanks for feeding very small fish and fry.
You get two sizes in two separate bottles for feeding a variety of fish.
As in all cooking / food preparation, feel free to experiment and modify
the process making your ancient -whatever- secret. If you know nearly
about food preparation, good luck. Your backyard grilling skills won't help
much here, unless, of course, you have gularis.
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