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Nori Seaweed - Amazing Food


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I just want to share my experience with this, as I have been using it as one of my staples for the last 18 months.

 

The plain dried or roasted nori seaweed sheets make some terrific food for goldfish. 

Mine love it. When you feed it regularly their color improves significantly, it is very nutritional (high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals) and it does not cause any floating in any of my food sensitive fish who will start floating even on high quality pellets.

Dried nori sheets have come to be about 40% of my fishes's staple food. I buy it in "bulk" online. Bulk here means about 100 sheets for around $ 10, but this will easily last for half a year or more with the nearly two dozen fish I got.

Funnily enough this also is the only vegetable that even Cid Highwind, my "charming" butthole of an angelfish, will readily consume.

Even my one remaining black neon tetra likes to eat it.

 

Half of a regular size of nori, (which is about 1/3 the size of legal letter size), will feed 20 fish easily. It might be misleading because it is so thin and super lightweight, but keep in mind that it is fully dehydrated and as soon as it hits the water it will soak up moisture and multiply in volume, becoming something similar in volume and weight to wilted lettuce.

 

It DOES absolutely have the tendency to dirty up your tank or filter media if you feed too much of this in one go.
Initially when I started using this I fed way too much, like half a sheet to 6 fish and a couple weeks later my filter media was a completely gross mess of leftover food. Like it was literally covered in an almost black mess of gunk.
So make sure to only feed enough that they can eat within 30 minutes with the filters turned off.
 

The thing is that once the dried nori sheet absorbs water, it will start thickening yet it will also deteriorate and flake very quickly, from anything between thumbnail size pieces to pinhead sized flakes.
So I ended up turning off the power strips the filters are attached to for an hour when I feed this stuff, just so half of it does not get sucked up by the filters, and feed only a 4x4" (10x10cm) piece per 6 fish.

That fit in perfectly with my feeding routine, feeding this in the evening and setting a kitchen timer for 60 minutes to know when to turn the filters back on.

 

Still, literally all of my fish - including both plecos - love this stuff.

And yes, it probably is a bit more on the salty side compared to a cucumber, but so are brine shrimp.

Yet considered how little you feed and how quickly it absorbs the water (and dilutes), I have not had any problems with this at all in all this time.

Another thing I love about it is that if you keep it sealed in a plastic zipper bag with no humidity or other moisture, this stuff lasts for a very long time.

 

And just to put this out there: as said 40% of my fishes's diet is nori seaweed, another 40% is Omega One small sinking goldfish pellets (even for the 5 tropicals), and the remaining 20% is made up of duck weed, frozen foods such as blood worms or mysis shrimp or brine shrimp, as well as steamed vegetables like zucchini, cucumber, kale and lettuce, and the occasional chopped up/flaked, cooked shrimp or fish.

Yet the nori sheets - as most seaweed / sea vegetables - are way higher in protein than land vegetables. I read this stuff is as high in protein as legumes. So if your fish are sensitive to prepared foods (pellets, flakes etc) then this stuff might be the right food to provide them with protein and vegetables at the same time. As a matter of fact, the food sensitive fish float less even when I feed them pellets, if I keep their diet balanced well with nori. And I have had some that would react with floating for 4 years before I started them on nori.
My oldest one, Hugo, who will be 8 years old soon and tends to be floaty on high quality pellets for more than half her life, does not have any problems when eating the seaweed.

 

Another thing I find important about feeding this is that it keeps the fish more entertained and active while eating. While floating pellets stay at the top, and sinking pellets sink down, the seaweed - after it absorbs enough water (generally within 1 minute) and the first fish starting to  yank on it, will break down into a bunch of smaller bits which will mostly stay suspended if you have a bubbler on; making the fish be active and swim around and forage all over the tank for quite a while.

 

Last but not least, I just recently got in another pack of this, with about 50+ sheets left as of right now (which each, again, will provide a good 30 servings for one medium sized fish because a 2-thumbnail sized piece is enough for one medium fish). 

So if you want to try this as part of your fish's diet, but not want to spent 15 bucks online without knowing if your fish will do well on it - PM me and I will mail you 1 sheet for free so you can give it a try.

And again, this is an especially great PART OF THE DIET (not 100% diet!!!! ) for fish who tend to develop food related floating. 
Make sure you provide a varied diet to your finned babies.

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My fish love seaweed too - and, interestingly enough, I've had the same observation that floaty fish seem to do better with lots of nori in their diet. I have a rather fancy type shubunkin who was suddenly having some bad floaty issues, even after eating very good quality sinking pellets (mostly Omega One, which I've fed for over a year), & so I started giving my fish a big feed of nori every morning as their first meal of the day (I'd been only feeding it once a week)- & this fish is now fine! I think the trick for my guys is to give them what they can stuff in their mouths in about a minute, & then they rummage around looking for tiny flakes - and since I run a big sponge & have a sponge prefilter on my HOB, it doesn't get sucked into the filters right away & the fish can pick particles off.

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Does it matter what kind we get? What did you buy?

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The plain dried or roasted nori seaweed sheets make some terrific food for goldfish. 

 

I get mine at the local Asia Mart. Just make sure there is no salt or other additives in whichever one you buy.  

I've been adding it to my gel food for a couple of years. Glad to see it get some good press here.

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Got some for my fish to try.   :D

 

Is it worth clipping it to a veggie clip or am I better off just tossing it in?  Sounds like it breaks up pretty easily?   :idont

 

I like to clip it, so it has time to soak up a bit of water without being whirled around; the fish do tear it off pretty quickly, but I think the clip does help.

 

They already ate most of the seaweed in this pic: Seaweed6Apr7018_zpsjh7hsuku.jpg

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Got it! :nana

Quinn is uncertain, the chicken. But the ranchus like it :D

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OK, I ordered some.  Hope it is the right kind (didn't think to check for additives...duh!).  You can get nori for pets, but I was afraid of the lack of regs., so went with "people food."  Supposed to be here in two days. 

 

I think the fish were getting tired of what I have in the freezer and garden for veggies.   I start them off every morning with finely chopped herbs/veggies, but there is not always a lot of enthusiasm for breakfast until the Omega 1 pellets come out.

 

Thanks for the info!

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Does it matter what kind we get? What did you buy?

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I don't think it matters. Whatever they don't consume within a minute will start flaking and drift through the tank, which is why I made it a habit to simply turn the switch on the power strips to those tanks, so the fish can eat while the filters are off.

Filters are fine for a few hours at a time without power. As long as the media is wet,  you have plenty of time. Just like your dog or cat won't starve to death if you withhold the food for a few hours past their dinner time. 

I've been turning the filters off for about 30-45 minutes during seaweed feeding time every day for the last year, without any ill effect.

As a matter of fact, I have grown more confident with the filters being turned off for hours at a time due to the frequent power outages in my neighborhood, but that's going to be a whole different topic.

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Does it matter what kind we get? What did you buy?

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I don't think it matters. Whatever they don't consume within a minute will start flaking and drift through the tank, which is why I made it a habit to simply turn the switch on the power strips to those tanks, so the fish can eat while the filters are off.

Filters are fine for a few hours at a time without power. As long as the media is wet,  you have plenty of time. Just like your dog or cat won't starve to death if you withhold the food for a few hours past their dinner time. 

I've been turning the filters off for about 30-45 minutes during seaweed feeding time every day for the last year, without any ill effect.

As a matter of fact, I have grown more confident with the filters being turned off for hours at a time due to the frequent power outages in my neighborhood, but that's going to be a whole different topic.

I feel your pain with the power outages :mad:

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