A happy and satisfying tank life for your fish friends will not be possible without your love and attention. After all, pet ownership comes with responsibilities, like feeding them and making sure their habitation is well-maintained.
But if you really want your swimming creatures to be happy and healthy, you can go beyond giving them the commercially bought fish food and make your own fish food.
While those canned flakes you buy from the pet store are packed with nutrients your fish needs and are in fact, carefully prepared, preparing meals for your aquatic life have its own benefits both to you and your fish.
One of the leading brands in fish food, Tetra, uses advanced technology to prepare different types of healthy meals for your fish as the video below shows
They also put in lecithin which is essential for growth, Vitamin A to enhance the color of your fish, and Vitamin B+ for stronger bones.
Benefits of Preparing Homemade Fish Food
Cutting Down Costs
The foremost benefit of preparing your own fish food, of course, is being able to cut down on costs of feeds. Many fish food can become heavy on the pocket because as your fish grows, so does its consumption.
Regular fish food that costs a little about $8 would be enough to satiate a regular fish pet for two weeks. Fish food that’s packed with vitamins and minerals that your fish needs to have that healthy glow would cost $12-15. But through time, and as your fish grows, they would need extra servings and more nutrients.
There are available special fish food in the market made for fish of different sizes and eating preferences.This would cost around $50 to $80 that would last for a month – not a small amount for a single fish, and if you’re keeping several tank occupants, then feeding them could eat up a sizeable chunk from your budget.
Change of Flavor
The second reason you might want to prepare you own fish food is that your fish will surely enjoy the change of flavor as they’re known, too, to be picky eaters (and you’ll enjoy watching them gobble up a meal you prepared with love).
5 Simple Fish Food Recipes
You can start with these 5 easy recipes that are simple to prepare and will surely satisfy your precious tank friends. For all of these recipes, you will need a good blender or a food processor, sharp knives for cutting and a little patience.
- 2 lbs. whole shrimp
- 8 oz Salmon
- 1 lb frozen peas
- 1 lb frozen spinach
- 1 small bag of mini carrots
- 1 medium zucchini
- ¼ cup spirulina powder
- 6 centrum vitamins
- 120 grams unsweetened gelatin powder
Steam carrots and zucchini until soft but not mushy. Remove from heat, strain and set aside. Prepare shrimp by removing its tails, rinse. Cut salmon into small cubes. Dissolve the vitamins in water. Add all ingredients in the blender and grind into a mush. Set aside.
In a pan, cook gelatin under low heat. Slowly pour the blended mixture into the gelatin. Stir well for about 2-3 minutes. Put the mixture in ice cube trays and place in the refrigerator. When the gelatin sets, you can put these into vacuum sealed bags or zip locks for easy storage.
If you’re keeping a Putter Fish or an Oscar, which are carnivorous, then you might want to replace the veggies with frozen shrimp, beef heart (without the fats) or salmon.
- Fruits and vegetables like carrots, broccoli, yams, oranges, apples, Romaine lettuce, etc.
- Shrimp and crab legs (with shells)
Put all ingredients in a blender and mix into a mush. You may add some liquid like carrot or sweet potato juice or just plain water if it appears too thick. Set aside.
Next, boil 100-150 ml of water and add unflavored gelatin. Mix the gelatin and vegetable mixture together. Pour the mixture into a pan and store in refrigerator. When the mixture hardens, you can place them in small bags for use as needed.
- Small frozen packs of Mysis, Daphnia, Plankton, Blood worms and Krill (or Spirulina Enriched Brine Shrimp). There are cheaper alternatives like frozen shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, mussel and octopus
- Spirulina powder
Cut all ingredients into small pieces. Blend together using a blender or food processor. Place the mixture in a container or small bags and store in refrigerator.
- 5 raw shrimp (shell removed)
- Fresh cod
- Fresh Sockeye Salmon
- Fresh Tuna
- 1 pacific mussel
- 2 clams
- 1 colossal scallop
- Several ounces Mysis shrimp
- 3 sheets nori
- 1 stalk of broccoli
- ¾ bottle of Kent marine garlic extreme
Chop everything into small pieces and mix in blender. Pour in a pan and let cool. Let the mixture harden inside the refrigerator then place in small plastic bags and freeze.
- Grounded soy bean
- Grounded corn
- Whole wheat flour
- Garlic Powder
- Dehydrated milk
Mix ingredients. Place in oven at 180F for 2-3 hours. The finished product would be similar to a crumble. Place in small bags and freeze.
All these recipes can be tweaked as you like. For example, add some flavour by throwing in some blood worms, if your budget permits. Or put in extra vitamin A or lecithin.
Remember, though, that if you decide to prepare fish food yourself, allow for a transition period for your fish to get used to the flavour and consistency of the food. Observe its effect on the fish – is it gobbling up all the food or does it turn away from it after a few bites?
During the transition period, consider your personally-prepared fish food as supplement to regular, commercial fish food. But if you see that your fish can’t get enough of your meals, then you’re on a roll.
You’ll get the fulfillment of being a certified fish food chef as you treat your precious fish to daily feasts.
Have you made your own fish food before? Share your own fish food recipes in the comments section below.