How to Make Fish Food at Home
Do you feel bored if you eat store-bought food for every single meal? If the answer is yes, then so do your finned friends. They may not complain, but it’s better to switch to homemade food once in a while before they get finicky. If you’re still confused about how to make fish food at home, you can follow the steps in this article.
Why bother making homemade fish food?
Despite the store-bought food’s plentiful nutrients and practicality, it is expensive, contains a lot of artificial ingredients, and is not as fresh as the homemade one. If you want to make sure that your fish get the food that suits their diet at a reasonable price, the best option is to make fish food on your own. Besides, doing it might be a lot easier than you’re expecting.
Before we begin...
Before you make fish food, there are several factors that you have to take into consideration:
1. Fish’s mouth size
Make sure that the food is not too big for their mouth so that they can swallow it easily.
Each species has different preferences in its natural habitat. Giving food that doesn’t suit your fish’s diet may be harmful. There are three types of diets:
• Herbivore: mostly consists of plants such as algae (ottoncinclus and plestocomus), leafy greens, some vegetables (carrots, peas, etc.), and occasionally eat meat.
• Carnivore: consists of 60%-70% of animal meat (other fish, shrimp, scallop, etc.) and 30%-40% of plants.
• Omnivore: this is the most common diet type, consists of both animal meat and plants.
Only give fresh and organic ingredients for any diet type. You can take a look at the ingredients list of the store-bought food you usually buy.
• Your ingredients
• Ice cube trays
Step by step
• Chop all vegetables into smaller size and steam/boil/blanch them.
• Puree the ingredients with the blender until mushy.
• You can add other ingredients such as oats, vitamins, or spirulina to suit their nutritional needs. For bright-colored fish, you can add carotenoid directly to the mixture to help them acquire brighter colors.
• Put the blended ingredients into a jar.
• Boil water and then mix it with gelatin (as being instructed on the sachet).
• Slowly incorporate gelatin to the blended ingredients.
• Pour the mixture to ice cube trays and put them into a freezer.
The recipe above is gelatin based which is easy to prepare and store. Your frozen fish food will last for a maximum of 12 months and is sufficient to stock 50-gallon tank aquarium. To feed your fish, you just need to pop out some cubes and voila you’re good to go.
However, you have to pay attention to the additional ingredients. Don’t put too many ingredients containing a high level of fat such as egg yolk and meat. If your mixture is oily, it might contaminate the water habitat of your fish.
Remember, when you’re introducing a new food, you should also feed the food they used to eat. For example, if you feed your fish in the morning and evening, you can feed them the usual food in the morning and the new one in the evening or vice versa. We hope that you enjoy the suggestions and continue to make fish food in the future.