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So I am now convinced the BN was the issue

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.

Hidr

Hidr

 

I have no patience and other things.

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 that tank so the melafix can work.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Day 36

I stopped the prazi for a few days cause of all the stress with my Dad. Now that things seem to be calm again I did a 90% water change and added prazi and salt.

Hidr

Hidr

 

Day 6

I hope it is not wishful thinking on my part but Angels tail looks less bloody today. Saturday I start round 2.

Hidr

Hidr

 

8. Cut the gel and freeze

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

mysterygirl

mysterygirl

 

7. Allow the gel to set

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. NEXT

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6. Add cold ingredients

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 goldfish don't digest sugar very well and too much fruit can cause digestive issues. If you think your fish has constipation or other digestive disorders you may want to avoid fruit entirely. Think babyfood here, and remember to remove any skins and mash the fruit well so that there are no chunks larger than their mouths. Here is a list of fruit that is safe to feed your goldfish in small amounts: Apples Grapes Strawberries Raspberries Mango Bananas Apricots Plums This recipe makes 2.6 pounds of fish food (1180 grams) which fills three16 oz containers for freezing. Only 4 ounces of that is fruit, or about 10%. In this case the fruit was a baby food jar of apples and apricots and no fresh fruits were used. In this recipe I used four small blood worm packs as shown above, thawed briefly and chopped with scissors. I used 15 grams of frozen brine shrimp or about one quarter of the package shown above. NEXT

mysterygirl

mysterygirl

 

5. Boil the agar agar and/or Repashy

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 using the big mixing bowl of my stand mixer to incorporate the hot gel with the veggie mash. NEXT

mysterygirl

mysterygirl

 

4. Add manufactured fish food

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 Pro Gold Hikari First Bites (Hikari Goldfish Gold baby pellets) Hikari Lionhead Hikari Saki Aqueon Tropical Flakes Tricker's Vitaline New Life Spectrum Thera+ A NEXT Soilent Green (added later as part of gel/firming agent) INGREDIENTS: Spirulina Algae, Algae Meal/Chlorella, Krill Meal, Pea Protein Isolate, Squid Meal, Rice Protein Concentrate, Fish Meal, Alfalfa Leaf Meal, Dried Brewer’s Yeast, Coconut Meal, Stabilized Rice Bran, Flax Seed Meal, Schizochytrium Algae, Dried Seaweed Meal, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Locust Bean Gum, Potassium Citrate, Taurine, Stinging Nettle, Garlic, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate , Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast. Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Choline Chloride, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex. Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. 40%, Crude Fat min. 8%, Crude Fiber max. 8%, Moisture max. 8%, Ash max. 12%. New Life Spectrum Thera+ A Sinking Pellets Ingredients: Whole Antarctic Krill, Whole Fish, Whole Wheat Flour, Ulva Seaweed, Chlorella Algae, Garlic, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Alfalfa, Scallops, Wakame Seaweed, Spinosum Seaweed, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Ascorby-2-Polyphosphate (Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate and Manganese Sulfate. Southern Delight Goldfish Food 3 different pellets make up this food. The top 4 ingredients for all 3 pellets are whole herring meal, salmon meal, wheat flour, Beta Carotene See full list of all Southern Delight Fancy Goldfish Pellets ingredients below: Hikari Goldfish Gold BabyPellet: (5 grams) Fish meal, flaked corn, wheat flour, rice bran, soybean meal, gluten meal, krill meal, brewers dried yeast, DL-methionine, garlic, phaffia dried yeast, astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, polyphenol (anti-oxidant), choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphospate, (stabilized vitamin C), inositol, riboflavin, vitamin A oil, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, niacin, menadione sodium bisulfate complex (source of vitamin K), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, salt, disodium phosphate, ferrous sulfate, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate manganese sulfate, cobalt sulfate, calcium iodate. Analysis: Crude Protein min. 32%, Crude Fat min. 4%, Crude Fiber max. 3%, Moisture max. 10%, Ash max. 12%, Tricker’s Vitaline: (5g ) Sun Dried Shrimp, Oatmeal, Corn Meal, Whole wheat flour, Ground Beef, Sodium Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate Saki Hikari Ingredients Fish Meal, Wheat Germ Meal, Wheat Flour, Brewer's Dried Yeast, Starch, Dried Bakery Product, Soy Bean Meal, Gluten Meal, Fish Oil, Spirulina, Vegetable Oil, Astaxanthin, Dried Seaweed Meal, Dried A. niger Fermentation Extract, Monosodium Glutamate, DL-methionine, Garlic, Dried B. subtilis Fermentation Product, Rice Bran, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Inositol, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Vitamin A Oil, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Biotin, Disodium Phosphate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, and Calcium Iodate. Hikari Lionhead Ingredients Fish meal, wheat flour, krill meal, carotenoid fortifier, soybean protein, spirulina, seaweed meal, enzyme, DL-methionine, monosodium glutamate, garlic, and vitamins and minerals including stabilized Vitamin C. New Life Spectrum Ingredients Krill Meal, Fish Meal, Wheat Flour, Amino Acids, Algae Meal, Soybean Meal, Fish Oil, Beta Carotene, Spirulina, Vitamin A Acetate, D-Activated Animal Sterol (D3), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, Folic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine, Biotin, DL Alpha tocopherol (E), L-Ascorbyl-2-Poliphosphate ©, Choline, Chloride Cobalt Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide, Ethoxyquin (Preservative) Hikari Gold Ingredients Fish meal, flaked corn, wheat flour, soybean meal, krill meal, gluten meal, enzyme, DL-methionine, canthaxanthin, astaxanthin, garlic, monosodium glutamate, and vitamins and minerals including stabilized Vitamin C. Goldfish Connection's Salad Supreme (no longer available) Ingredients Human grade kelp, algae, spirulina, fresh krill, cod, herring, salmon eggs, omega 3 & 6 Goldfish Connection's Seafood Flakes ((no longer available) Ingredients Our Seafood Flakes are made with WHOLE FISH, NOT fish skeletons. Fresh Fish like: Whole Salmon,Halibut,Black Cod,Whole Herring,Krill,Shrimp,Squid,Clams and Octopus, PLUS all the Vitamins your fish need to stay healthy. Pro Gold (no longer available ) Ingredients Krill, Fish, Shrimp, Wheat, Spirulina and Alfalfa. What is really in this? They don't tell us. From their site: “Pro-Gold supplies …ten essential amino acids that your goldfish do not produce themselves. No Hormones, NO Artificial Coloring, NO Chicken or Beef Bi-Products and No Blood Meal. Just fresh, high quality, 100% natural ingredients, produced and milled in a Federal inspected plant right here in the United States.” Ingredients that are crossed out represent less desirable ingredients, or ingredients I'd prefer to not include. NEXT

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3. Process your ingredients

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 chopped fairly fine. Process well. Nori (dried, no salt. The kind they wrap sushi in) 2 sheets – dipped in reserved water, cut small before processing Wheat germ 1/8 c. IMPORTANT for Fall-Winter-early Spring feeding Garlic – 4 large cloves, crushed or paste from roasted garlic (for immunity and to help them locate food) Bonito flakes ¼ cup (to help them locate food and for taste) Chilean fish oil OmegaBrite pills, 2 drained (omega 3, 6 & 9) Koi Clay - 2 tablespoons of Ultimate Koi Clay (for digestion) Krill - Freeze dried and chopped as finely as you can. 1/2 cup Organic baby food - 2 small jars. I choose garden vegetables- peas (for digestion), apples & apricot (for taste) Add each ingredient one at a time in order of it needing to be mashed. You're aiming for a thick consistency like this: Make sure you give your mixer, blender or food processor's motor a breather if it starts to get hot. NEXT

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2. Cook the vegetables and oatmeal, reserving hot water

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 about 15g spinach for a total of 60g of dark green leafy vegetables. You can continue to cook the carrot in this water if it is not yet baby-food soft. Strain and reserve vitamin-rich hot water for the gel later. Cooked kale and oatmeal, strained. While the oatmeal/kale mix cooks, remove the kernels from the edamame pods, then remove the membrane around the pods. You’ll be left with about 60g of “split” edamame halves. I put 1/2 a red pepper in the toaster oven at 425F until the skin turned black and blistered, about 35 minutes. Let cool and peel away the pepper skin completely. NEXT

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mysterygirl

 

1. Gather your ingredients

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 you're going to add to your gel food and why. Many goldfish owners add fresh or canned fish to their gel foods. If your fish are outside in a pond, they may not need the extra protein. Agar agar is supposed to be good for fish with swim bladder problems. If you don't want your goldfish to lose the natural carp fry olive-metallic color, you may want to avoid commercial and natural foods high in carotenoids like beta-carotene, astaxanthin and canthaxanthin. NEXT

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mysterygirl

 

Homemade gel food step by step with photos

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: NEXT

mysterygirl

mysterygirl

 

Notes to Self and Such Things.

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: Progold NLS Thera + A 1mm Jumpstart That will make an okay daily dry staple, I think. I just plan on mixing them all together in a container weighed out for an average feeding for everyone in the pond. I will be supplementing often, likely with all of the following being rotated throughout the week, maybe once or twice a day: Frozen Blood Worms GC Seafood Flakes Sushi Nori Super Green with Fresh Garlic I have resolved to try and stay away from land-plant-products and see if it does anything for them. (I know, the food has some but not a whole ton.) I want to see some awesome growth on Ladybug in the coming months, as well as some good conditioning in my males. Oh, and as soon as Tsumo is back in the pond I can begin the Psychology data collection/analysis process. So I can videotape each daily session with all of the fish.

GoldenSpoiledRotten

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