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I've fairly recently started incorporating fresh/frozen blood worms (Omega One brand--it's what was available at the store and said that blood worms were the only ingredient) and gel food (Repashy Super Green) into my girls' diets. I bought the blood worms when I bought my juvenile oranda, thinking that a younger fish might benefit from some extra protein, especially since she might develop a wen. Otherwise I feed them NLS Thera-A almost daily, peas occasionally, a strip of nori sometimes, and sometimes some flaked spirulina but I think it might not be the best quality so I am going to toss it. Anyway, I have been keeping the fresh foods in the freezer until I need to use them, and put the gel in ice cube trays. I think I made the cubes a bit big though, still, and am I worried about how long such foods keep in the fridge after I thaw them. I will make them smaller in the future, of course. I check the blood worms every time I feed them (I smell them, etc), and they seem OK, but I don't want to hurt the fish. I think they are too little to eat a whole cube in one feeding, so I usually wind up using the blood worms over 3-4 occasions, and sometimes keep them for a week in the fridge in an air-tight container. The same with the Repashy. Am I endangering my fish? I am more concerned about the blood worms since they are "meat" than the vegan Repashy.
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