When I started researching what foods to put into my gel food the amount of information was overwhelming. Was I really ready to become some kind of amateur goldfish nutritionist?
I had to ask myself "why am I doing this?" and the answer was because I wanted the best food for my fish. I wanted to feed them organic, live plant based foods as a supplement to pellets. I wanted to vary the ingredients occasionally while still ensuring that their nutritional needs were being met.
I would see a dozen
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:
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