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Hello, As some of you know, I've been on a constant quest to find the right food for my goldfish ever since I started keeping goldies again. There are tons of really good commercial pellets foods out there, including Pro-Gold, Saki Hikari, Omega One, and NLS, but by necessity, all of these foods contain a significant amount of starchy fillers, which at best is just unnecessary and at worst can cause digestive issues (gas/floatiness) for the fish. One way to eliminate this problem is to make your own gel food, which allows you to control exactly what goes into the food, including your choice of binding agents. I've been making my own gel food for a while now, and while it's been working out pretty well, I still wasn't completely satisfied, because I'm not entirely happy with the ratio of plant to animal matter in the mix, and the fact that if I make a sizeable batch I have to freeze the food, sometimes for over a month. Ideally, I want a food that has lots of algae, a good amount of animal protein (coming from things like krill and squid), good amounts of vitamins, no or low fillers, and is easy/convenient to make. I think I've found it.! About a month ago, I happened across some discussions about a newish gel food powder mix for fish. It's made by Allen Repashy of the gecko food fame, and it's called Soilent Green. I've been trying out this product for my goldfish for the last three weeks, and I think it's an amazing food. Because of this, and other premix gel food from Mr. Repashy, I won't be making by own gel food any time soon. It's really that good. PRODUCT NAME: SOILENT GREEN GEL MANUFACTURER: ALLEN REPASHY PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This formula is labeled for “Aufwuchs” eaters, which is a combination of Green Algae, Diatoms, small plants, along with the small organisms such as insect larvae, crustaceans, rotifers, protazoans, and snails, that live with them on the surface of hard substrates such as rocks . Many species of fish such as Mbuna Cichlids and Plecos are well developed for scraping these hard surfaces for whatever nutrients they can find. These species do eat a lot of algae, but it is the small meaty treats that they relish and what really makes them grow and thrive. This formula is a no expense spared blend of algae (25% of formula), combined with highest quality aquatic animal protein, to provide a perfect blend of algae and aquatic organism protein. This product can be used as an all around omnivore diet for fish, shrimp, crabs, and snails, but if your tank consists of species that rarely eat algae, our “Community Plus” Omnivore Gel might be a better choice. 45% protein. INGREDIENTS: Chlorella Algae, Spirulina Algae, Whole Krill Meal, Whole Squid Meal, Whole Sardine Meal, Alfalfa Leaf Meal, Whole Anchovy Meal, Germinated Brown Rice Protein Concentrate, Pea Protein Isolate, Dried Brewers Yeast, Stabilized Rice Bran, Dried Kelp, Carrageenan Algae, Konjac, Carob Bean Gum, Schizochytrium Algae, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Taurine, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Propionate, Phaffia Rhodozyma Yeast, Paprika Extract, Calendula Flower Powder, Marigold Flower Extract, Rose Hips Powder, Turmeric Root Powder, Malic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Canthaxanthin, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Gluconate, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract and Mixed Tocopherols (as preservatives), Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D Supplement, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement). Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. 45%, Crude Fat min. 6%, Crude Fat max. 8%, Crude Fiber max. 8%, Moisture max. 8%, Ash max. 12%, Calcium min. 1.5%, Calcium max. 2%, Phosphorus min. 0.75%. DIRECTIONS: To prepare one cup of product, add ¼ cup of powder into ¾ cup of cold water and stir until blended. Microwave until it starts to boil (typically 2-3 minutes), remove and stir. Alternatively, bring water to a boil on stove, remove from heat, and stir in powder. Immediately pour into a storage container or mould, and let sit at room temp until firm. The finished gel can be cut into cubes, shredded, or used as a whole slab. Whatever is not used immediately should be treated as fresh food. It can be stored sealed in refrigerator for up to two weeks, and in freezer for up to six months. To adjust firmness of gel, use more or less water as desired. REVIEWER COMMENTS: If you look at the ingredients, you can see that this product is excellent for goldfish, whose omnivorous diet consists of a lot of algae and other plant matters, along with a good helping of animal proteins. There is very little by way of filler products. As a keeper of fancy goldfish, some of which have susceptibilities to floatiness, this product is fantastic to use. My fish have not been floaty at all when I use this food, whereas a couple of them become very floaty of pellets, even with such fantastic premium foods such as Pro-Gold. PROS: - no floatiness in goldfish - excellent composition of ingredients - extremely easy to make - allows you to make as little or as much as you want - can be frozen and thawed later, if you want to make a big batch - can last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks - powder will last for 18+ months - facilitates adding probiotics or meds to the power to make medicated gel food when needed - fish really like it - can feed other types of fish as well (tropicals and marine) CONS: - STINKS!!! (like a fresh bog ) - expensive! (Repashy has multiple sizes, from 2oz to 4 pounds. It becomes much more economical when you buy a big bag) DEMONSTRATION COMPARISON TO MAZURI GEL POWDER: How does the Repashy gel compare to Mazuri? There is no comparison. A while back, I bought some Mazuri, and after several unsuccessful attempts to arrive at the right consistency for the gel, I gave up on the also expensive Mazuri gel. I also really didn't like the fact that the binding agent for Mazuri gel is gelatin. Mazuri gel food made my fish really floaty. FINAL WORDS: I recommend Repashy Soilent Green Gel highly. It's somewhat expensive, but worth it. As someone who's been trying to find the best food that is most suitable for my aquatic babies, I'm really glad I found this line of food. I give this product 5 stars (out of 5). I'm also about to test other gel mixes from Allen Repashy, and will review those as well. 11/07/12 Edit: Our forum is now being sponsored by Tastyworms.com, who carries the Repashy foods, along with many other things. Please support our sponsor buy these products from them!
I have been having trouble getting my ryukin to start eating blanched spinach and other vegetables, so I decided to try teaching him to recognize blanched spinach as food by using repashy. For three weeks, I have been slicing thin scrapes of repashy so they resemble blanched spinach, and placing them among some spinach inside the tank and all three of my fish willingly ate the repashy, and some of the spinach. Since goldfish are able to smell the food, I was worried that when I took the repashy out and only used the vegetables, they would not be interested. I kept the amount of repashy and spinach constant for the three weeks feeding spinach twice a week, and around 10 minutes ago I have just added spinach and no repashy. All three fish ate the spinach in the end which was good to see! They were a little hesitant for a while but they got into it eventually. Turns out the sight of food plays just as much of an important roll as the smell, and using the repashy to train him has worked better than I expected! The slices can also be scrapes out of the bowl the repashy is microwaved in. Here's what the repashy looks like prior to adding among the vegetables (this is scraped out of the bowl): (The dog likes it too!) The only issue I had was the repashy breaking apart and falling to the bottom of the tank, however keeping the slices thicker where they are attached helped keep them together with the spinach! I thought it would be worth while sharing this option for those of you who are having trouble getting your goldfish to recognise things such as spinach as food. It would be interesting to hear if others have the same outcome or not Thanks for reading!