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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
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
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
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