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post #1 of 3 Old 04-10-2011, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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Gel Foods

Any of you ever try making/feeding Gel foods to your fish?
I've been trying to give my Goldfish a good balanced veggie/protein diet and noticed a good website with gel foods. Never knew you could use gelatin to make the food for your fish but I think i'm going to try. Check it out:

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As a special treat, make your goldfish "gel food." Gel food is easy for you to prepare and easy for your goldfish to digest. Feed your goldfish the gel food only in conjunction with goldfish food that has been formulated for their nutritional needs.

All that is needed are: a packet of unflavored gelatin, an empty ice cube tray, and a 2.5 oz jar of baby food in a vegetable flavor such as carrots, peas or green beans.

Pour 1/4 cup of cold water in a small sauce pan. Pour the packet of gelatin in the water and stir over low heat until the gelatin dissolves.

Add 3/4 cup of water, continuing to stir until blended. Add the baby food and stir until it is mixed thoroughly. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and let it cool for about half an hour.

Refrigerate the mixture. It will solidify in a few hours. When you are ready to feed your goldfish, take out a cube and cut it into small strips. Your fish will probably take it right from your hand.

One tray is more than enough for two 4- to 5-inch goldfish for a week. Discard any leftovers after a week to prevent spoilage.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-10-2011, 06:18 AM
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Yep. Done that many times and combined them with Mazuri gel powder, the best commercial fish food product (with one drawback, low fiber which can be compensated by combining it with vegetables). Mazuri is available at Goldfish Utopia online.

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post #3 of 3 Old 04-10-2011, 08:15 AM
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I make some of my own fish food as well.

I make mine in bulk. Instead of the ice cube tray, that I found a little more difficult to clean. I just use a container with a large open bottom.

Once the food has hardened, I cut it into the sizes I want, and place in a freezer bag to freeze. When I am ready to use, I place the cubes in some water. They will quickly thaw. You might loose some of the vitamins by freezing, but my fish love it.
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