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I know that the forum has a wealth of information of great foods for goldfish, including gel foods. However, I would like to collate some of the info, specifically on gel food that has been tested and verified to work for confirmed floaters. Please share your recipes here I'll start. This is my latest recipe, and I am 100% pleased with it. I've had other recipes that work, but this one by far is the best, simply because I think it gives good nutrition, awesome food consistency, and not even a hint of floatiness, at least for my fish Alex's No-Float Yummy Agar Gel Recipe: - 6 oz canned or bagged tuna (low sodium is best). Substitute: steamed fresh fish (weigh before steaming). - 2 jars (8 oz) Gerbers baby food. I've used peas, carrots, and mixed vegetables. Substitute: 4 oz veggies cooked and then puree with 1/2 cup spring or distilled water. (Do not use broccoli [gas] or spinach [interferes with calcium absorption in same food]) - boil two eggs and use only the egg whites - blend this together until you get a nice thick pur?e consistency. - 4 teaspoons of highly quality food like Pro-Gold - 1 multivitamin - 1 probiotic tablet - 1/2 teaspoon garlic - 1/2 teaspoon koi clay - crush pellets etc. to a powder, and mix together. - in a pot with lid, add 2-3 tablespoons of agar to 1.5 cups distilled spring/distilled water and turn heat on high - add the fish eggs mixture and stir slowly but well - cover with lid and let mixture come to a boil - once boiling, occasionally lift lid to stir mixture, and let boil for about 3 minutes. - remove from heat - in about 5-10 minutes, when mixture has not yet congealed and is warm but touchable, add powder mixture and stir slowly but well Pour into baking pan. Leave at room temp for 1 hour. By this time you should see a very well gelled product. Cover with Saran wrap and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Then, cut into 1 inch cubes and freeze. Thaw before using. Thaw enough to feed only for 2-3 days max. For maintenance, feed 1% body weight daily once or several times a day. For growth, 2% - 3% divided into 3-6 meals/day. Note on agar: I use 3 teaspoons for my recipe. The texture is relatively hard and the fish will have to chew a bit more. I do this intentionally so that the hogs don't inhale everything. To make it softer, use 2 tablespoons. You must make sure to cook the agar as shown above to ensure melting of agar and binding of the mixture Click here to view the article
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25 ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 5 ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): 0.1 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tap): 0 ppm * Ph Level, (Tank): 7.6 * Ph Level, (Tap): 7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra Whisper 20 * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra Aquasafe * Water temperature? 75*F * How often do you change the water and how much? 30-40% weekly * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 3 days ago, 30% * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gal, just upgraded from a 10gal 2 weeks ago * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7, avg size 2in * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon pellets, once daily * Any new fish added to the tank? I new 2 weeks ago * Any medications added to the tank? no * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): ick * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? frayed fins on affected fish, another fish is recovering from ammonia burns from old tank * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? fish has been secluded and floating on its side for 2 days * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Furan-2 when I got the new tank My fantail, Rex, has had floaty problems for awhile now (I think because of the food -- I'm planning to switch to homemade gel ASAP), but he usually recovers after a few hours. He's been extra secluded lately and can't stay upright except for a few quick bursts. His fins seem more split than yesterday. He also seems a little out of it -- he doesn't see the aggressive fish coming to nip at his fins until it does it. He doesn't seem to be in much distress, just a little uncomfortable. I want to make sure he doesn't have something that could be contagious to the whole tank. * I will also add that I had a cave-like enclosed decoration in the tank for about a month, but I took it out today after Rex was hiding in it all day and after reading about Koko's hollow log bad-bacteria incident. Another fish, Spike, died last weekend from similar behavior, except he was bottom-sitting instead of floating. The other fishes ate most of his body while I was gone for the weekend (don't know if this is relevant) I'm trying to lower that ammonia. I keep a 30gal baggie of ammochips in the filter, but I'm about to do a water change right now.
Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level (tank): 0.25 ppm * Nitrite Level (tank): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tank): 15 ppm * Ammonia Level (Tap): ~0.1 ppm * Nitrite Level (Tap): 0 ppm * Nitrate level (Tap): 0 ppm * Ph Level, (Tank) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): 8.0 * Ph Level, (Tap) (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines): ~7.4 Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API drops * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra Whisper 20gal * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra AquaSafe * Water temperature? 75*F * How often do you change the water and how much? ~30% once a week * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? yesterday, ~5gal * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20gal, 1 week but upgraded from established 10gal * How many fish in the tank and their size? 7 (was 8 until a few days ago), avg size 2in (not fat, they're babies) * What do you feed your fish and how often? Aqueon sinking pellets once daily plus some veggies * Any new fish added to the tank? 1 when I upgraded * Any medications added to the tank? Some Furan-2 last week, but it should be filtered out by now * List previous issues experienced (dropsy, SBD, etc.): nitrogen-cycle shock * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? fish that just died had major fin-fray, oranda has lesions and black fin tips getting worse, white ryukin has a few small red veins in tail, fantail gets floaty sometimes * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? the fish that just died was bottom-sitting but the others are fine, appetite seems decreased * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.: treated for Ick a few times in old tank, Furan-2 recently I have a small fantail who gets really floaty sometimes, but I can't be sure of the cause because the floating seems sporadic. Sometimes, a few hours after he eats, he'll float upside down or sideways inside the top of a barrel decoration (he's figured this out instead of floating at the surface). Sometimes at night, he'll have trouble staying away from the surface, or he'll even float for so long he appears dead. But this isn't every day. My question is: does this sound like his food is making him floaty (currently, I do not soak it first)? or is this perhaps something more serious, such as a swim bladder issue from being overcrowded? I can try to get a picture if that's needed.