I never saw him do it but since I have removed him for the tank Sam has no new rips and the two she had are healing. So once Angels fins are healed I well move her back to the 75 then I will be moving Flipper to the 20 gallon and try different foods to help not flip so much. Now days s/he stays wedged between to plants so they can hold him down in the water. Still eating but spending more and more time upside down.
Sam has been moved to the 75 gallon. I moved Angel into the 20 gallon cause her fins are in really really bad shape.
Next day Sam had two splits in her fins. So removed my BN pleco to the planted tank yesterday.
Still treating Angel for her torn up fins. No new splits in Sams fins. So maybe it was the BN only time well tell for sure.
Sam is loving all the space and Angel seems to be ok as an only fish. I added two filters to the 20 gallon in hopes I can get away with less water changes on
You can cut the set gel into any size or shape you'd like. Go to: STEP 1
I use an easy cross-hash, resulting in irregular cubes about 2 cm x 2 cm or 3/4" cubes.
After cutting, I fill 3 16 oz containers and freeze. The food will keep for several months.
START GEL FOOD STEPS HERE
Ever made fudge?
I've spread the gel like icing on some parchment paper to a uniform thickness. You can go thinner if you'd like smaller pieces. It took about 2-3 hours to set here, but trust your fingers- you might live in Canada. If it feels like you can cut it with a knife and the pieces hold their shape you're done.
If you're not lucky enough to live in Canada, you may want to put your gel in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help it set faster.
The water needs to be boiling to set the gel, but you probably don't want to heat up any fruit or frozen ingredients you plan to add. This is the time to add any mashed fresh fruit, blood worms or frozen brine shrimp.
Avoid feeding your fish too many fruits with a high sugar content. If you have a pond, you might enjoy watching them play with a slice of orange occasionally. The vitamin C is healthy.
A small amount of fruit incorporated into the gel food probably improves the taste. However
You’ll have at least 1.5 cups of reserved water. Add enough filtered or bottled mountain spring water to make 2 cups.
Heat in pot with 2 tablespoons of agar agar until boiling. Reduce heat and barely simmer for 5 minutes until agar thickens.
Add the 2/3 cups(70g) of Repashy's Soilent Green. Mix well while still on heat. Remove from heat and immediately mix with your homemade vegetable, fruit and grain mash.
Mix again in food processor IF you have room AND it is cool enough. I ended up us
Here is where you can add the commercially available fish foods you already have. I added 5 grams of each of the following:
Southern Delight Goldfish Food
New Life Spectrum
Hikari First Bites (Hikari Goldfish Gold baby pellets)
Aqueon Tropical Flakes
New Life Spectrum Thera+ A
Soilent Green (added later as part of gel/firming agent)
INGREDIENTS: Spirulina Algae, Algae Meal/Chlorella, Krill Meal, Pea Protein Isolate, Squid
In a food processor or mixer purée the carrots. Then add the split edamame and the ½ roasted red pepper.
Keep processing, you’re aiming for baby-food consistency here. You don't want to see any chunks larger than your smallest goldfish's mouth. If necessary use a ricer or masher, then process again.
carrots, roasted red pepper and edamame
Next, add the cooked oatmeal, green leafy veggies, mashed or roasted garlic.
I then added 2 sheets of nori soaked briefly in reserved water and chop
Bring 450g / 4 cups of bottled spring or filtered water to boiling.
Add 1 med organic carrot (125g) and 170g of organic edamame in pods/ or ½ cup shelled edamame (75g)
Boil both vegetables at least 15 minutes or until very soft.
Reserve hot water by straining and remove the vegetables.
Using the reserved water boil 1/3 cup (30g) of dry traditional oatmeal (not instant) and the green leafy vegetables you've chosen for 8-10 minutes. I used kale and mustard greens, removing the stems, and ab
A few days before I'm going to make gel food I start collecting the fresh ingredients like kale. Take stock of what you're going to use and pull it off the shelves. Check the ingredients in your fridge/freezer.
If I'm missing anything it might mean a trip to the store. You don't want to discover that you're out in the middle of mixing up a batch. For example, in this case I had edamame but it wasn't organic. I needed to buy wheat germ as well.
This is also a good time to decide what exactly
I'd like to share how I make homemade fish food with you.
My recipe evolved from doing research on the Internet, looking at what others were doing and then just trying it out. Hopefully you'll be inspired by how many ingredients you already have at home to whip up a variation of your own. Whatever happens, you'll have some nutritious food for your fishy friends when you're done.
What my fish eat:
7 days left of MMs for Tsumo after today. I can't wait until he finishes! He looks 110% since the MMs have taken what I believe to be complete care of his swim bladder. Then he will go back into the pond, with a week of Jumpstart for all fish.
I am going to start making the following mix as soon as the food arrives, in order of greatest to least in terms of ingredients:
NLS Thera + A 1mm
That will make an okay daily dry staple, I think. I just plan on mixing them all toget