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Here is an easy gel food recipe that I use for my fish. They love it, and it is really good to feed to fish that having floating problems :D Especially the one with 1/2 peas as the vegetable component.

Valerie

GEL FOOD

1 cup lightly cooked vegetables (I used a half cup frozen peas, then the

next half cup was a mixture of frozen spinach, frozen green beans, green

pepper, & parsley, but you can use other things such as asparagus, mustard

greens, broccoli, carrots, whatever you have on hand) If you use frozen

vegetables, you don't have to cook them, since they are already blanched.

1/2 can tuna or shrimp

- liquefy the veggies and the tuna or shrimp in a blender,

- dissolve 2 packets of unflavoured gelatin in half a cup of warm water,

microwave till clear, and stir into the veggie mix.

Pour into a standard oblong cake pan that is lined with saran wrap and

chill.

Once set, cut into bite sized pieces with the dull side of a knife. Remove

enough for a week, then freeze the rest. When it is frozen, you can use the

saran wrap to lift the whole slab right out of the pan, double wrap it, and

return to the freezer. It will easily break along the cuts that you have

made. Just break off a chunk of the frozen food, and let thaw a bit, then

feed. It thaws very quickly. You can keep a few days worth, unthawed, in the fridge wrapped in saran.

There is also another very easy gel food that is made with a small can of

tomato paste, a couple of peeled, lightly cooked, chopped carrots, 1/2 can

tuna or shrimp, 2 packets unflavoured gelatin dissolved in half cup warm

water and heated till clear. This mixture is then liquefied in the blender

and treated the same way as above for freezing. This is high in vitamin A

and C :-)

The fish love these and these recipes make a huge batch, so it lasts a long

time.

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Kroshinsky Gelatin Food Recipe

2 lb. Smelts

24 oz. Frozen Peas

3 Large Red Bell Peppers

2 to 3 12 oz. pkg Frozen Chopped Spinach

16 oz. Plain Wheat Germ

5 tsp. Powdered Vitamins

32 envelopes Plain Powdered Gelatin

Water

Liquefy first 4 ingredients in a blender, adding sufficient water for blender operation. Place in large pot, add wheat germ, and heat until warm stirring continuously. When warm, add the gelatin gradually, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Stir in vitamin powder, then cool and refrigerate. Once solid and rubbery, cut into 3/16th inch thick sheets and freeze.

Defrost sheets as needed, cutting into 1/4th inch cubes prior to feeding.

Makes about 2 gallons.

I haven't tried it. It'd be useful if you could post the results :)

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those are really helpful. my idea is to make a gel, including flaoting foods that i have trouble getting to sink. I.E. sun dried baby shrimp, tubiflex and blood worms, and certain flakes and pellets(mainly bio gold by hikari). i was wondering about the gelitin mix however. i just didnt want to dive in with some lime jello.

OOOH, and fruit too. i can never get that to sink in the tank, no matter how long i soak it.

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Here is an easy gel food recipe that I use for my fish. They love it, and it is really good to feed to fish that having floating problems :D Especially the one with 1/2 peas as the vegetable component.

Valerie

GEL FOOD

1 cup lightly cooked vegetables (I used a half cup frozen peas, then the

next half cup was a mixture of frozen spinach, frozen green beans, green

pepper, & parsley, but you can use other things such as asparagus, mustard

greens, broccoli, carrots, whatever you have on hand) If you use frozen

vegetables, you don't have to cook them, since they are already blanched.

1/2 can tuna or shrimp

- liquefy the veggies and the tuna or shrimp in a blender,

- dissolve 2 packets of unflavoured gelatin in half a cup of warm water,

microwave till clear, and stir into the veggie mix.

Pour into a standard oblong cake pan that is lined with saran wrap and

chill.

Once set, cut into bite sized pieces with the dull side of a knife. Remove

enough for a week, then freeze the rest. When it is frozen, you can use the

saran wrap to lift the whole slab right out of the pan, double wrap it, and

return to the freezer. It will easily break along the cuts that you have

made. Just break off a chunk of the frozen food, and let thaw a bit, then

feed. It thaws very quickly. You can keep a few days worth, unthawed, in the fridge wrapped in saran.

There is also another very easy gel food that is made with a small can of

tomato paste, a couple of peeled, lightly cooked, chopped carrots, 1/2 can

tuna or shrimp, 2 packets unflavoured gelatin dissolved in half cup warm

water and heated till clear. This mixture is then liquefied in the blender

and treated the same way as above for freezing. This is high in vitamin A

and C :-)

The fish love these and these recipes make a huge batch, so it lasts a long

time.

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i sort of used my own recipe, with tips from those others that were posted.

i crushed equal amounts of

baby sun dried shrimp

krill

tubiflex

bloodworms

hikari biogold(it floats, no matter how long i soak it)

spirulina 20

peas, diced and mashed

canteloupe and apricots

then i mixed it in distilled water, and added the gelatin stuff. the krill, shrimp, and tubiflex have all been assosiated with good growth rates. bloodworms seems to give colors a boost, as does the canteloupe and apricots. peas so the dont get bound up, and spirulina just had here, and they didnt seem to like it by its self. the hikari, i just cant get it to sink, and so many people have told me its a good food, i wanted to work it into the program.

they seem to love it, and we will see if it jumpstarts thier growth and color.

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The gel food recipe that I sent makes enough to fit in the bottom of a oblong cake pan, about 9"x12" or something like that.

This recipe freezes very well, so you can keep it in the freezer and just break off a bit at a time, so none goes to waste.

You could cut the recipe in half if you wanted to :)

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I thought I pin this one up here, since a lot of us make their own food, including me, and its always nice to see some variations fast without searching through the whole section.... :)

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Guest Leaca_tay

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I'm gonna try making a gel food with my dried bloodworms. My fish can never get them when I sprinkle them in the tank because they're so small and go everywhere. I love feeding them a varied diet!

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Thats a great idea! I put some frozen bloodworms into my food too, since my fish have a hard time catching them, especially the big ones. Koi and bloodworms, not in your life time! :D

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Well I gave it a shot.

Progold crushed

Krill

spirulina

Tuna

Garlic

Oh and I just had to taste it and EWW! :rofl

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Koko, are you sure you got the whole concept of the gel food thing? Its the fish who are supposed to eat it, not YOU! :rofl

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:rofl .......Well I had to make sure that it was good for them. You know like a mom that make sure that the food is safe for the babie......I guess I go over board :rofl

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Actually, I do that sometimes too, but I use Kroshinsky's receipe, and its all natural ingredients there, anything I woul eat anyway, well, except for the dog vitamins.... :rofl

You should see my cats going nuts when I feed the fish....They follow me around until they get a piece as well!

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Actually hubby dared me to do it. So I tasted it but I didnt swallow it wasnt that great....... :sick

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Oh no he didnt he said EWW..... :rofl but I told him I can do it but he said I dont swallow so it didnt count........ :lol2

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How long does it usually take for a gel food to set?

I used touchofsky's recipe.

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Albert , I use the same one. I usually make my food in the afternoon, just because its the only free time I have. I let it cool down on the countertop an hour, and then put it in the fridge over night....I always make 2 gallon of that stuff, since I have quite a few fish, and with that huge amount it takes about 4-5 hours to set. With less food, it will take less time.... :)

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I thought I would share my recipe with everyone:

Goldfish Gel Food Recipe

Ingredients:

1 c. frozen peas and carrots, thawed.

1/3 cup spirulina flakes

1 3 oz. can of tuna

? c. Pro Gold sinking pellet food

5 cubes frozen brine shrimp (Hikari)

2 dog vitamins (Pet Tab), crushed into fine powder

2 packets unflavored gelatin powder

Approximately 2 c. water

Directions:

Add peas and carrots, tuna, and ? c. water to blender, and blend until smooth. Add spirulina flakes and ? c water into blender, and blend until smooth again. Add Pro Gold and blend. Dissolve 5 cubes of brine shrimp into about a tablespoon of water. When dissolved, add to the mixture and blend. Lastly, add vitamins to the mixture and blend. Dissolve gelatin packets into ? c. cold water, and stir well. Microwave for about 1-2 minutes, until clear, stirring occasionally. Add to the mixture and blend once more.

Pour mixture into long casserole dish lined in saran wrap. Place into the refrigerator for several hours, until completely gelatinous. Using a dull knife (i.e. a butter knife), cut into tiny squares. Keep enough for about a week in refrigerator in separate Tupperware container. Freeze the remainder.

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Guest monty

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Doe4s this stuff float or sink? How do the fish like it??

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you know my fish love this food more than bought foods.....Its easy and if you have a fish that needs more special needs you can make it for them :D

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Guest izgoblin

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I just found this topic. I should really give this one a try, since I can't seem to get my fish to eat any veggies other than peas. Perhaps if I mix in carrots and such into this gel, they won't be so finicky!

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Does anyone alter their gel food mix to reduce the protein during the winter? I would think that this would help with preparing to spawn. Just and idea I had.

Tim

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Well, you can leave things like bloodworms and seafood out of the receipe for the winter, that cuts down on the protein intake... :)

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Here's my newest version of gel food. I took some elements from Izaak Kroschinski (sorry if I spelled that wrong) and added some stuff to increase ease of assembly and aid in digestion. The fish love it. Let me know what you think.

(3) cans salmon

(1) small bag frozen peas and carrots, thawed

12 0z. Wheat germ

(2) red bell peppers, seeds and core removed

(2) med sized orange

(1) cup guinea pig pellets

3 oz. dog vitamin

( 5) tblsp mince garlic

(16) packages of unflavored gelatin

(4) cups water

Liquefy each ingredient, adding water if needed.

Mix together in large bowl.

Pour 4 cups water into large sauce pan

heat to boiling

Add gelatin to water

Add to bowl with other ingredients

Mix thoroughly

Pour into pans to a ? depth

Chill.

Slice into ? inch pieces

Bag each piece separately and freeze

Tim

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