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Posted: Aug 11 2009, 05:54 PM
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I've heard about flys as fish food is that safe.Couldnt they have parasites or diseases? Also instead of a big long recipe could I make a simpler homemade fish food.I was thinking bloodworms,cucumber,fresh fish or mollusks,and maybe some flake tossed in.
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  Posted: Aug 11 2009, 08:46 PM
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Welcome to tfk.gif, fishgeek! We hope you enjoy your time with us!


IMHO, I would not feed flies, worms, etc. to my fish because they may indeed have diseases, etc. (a 400 gallon pond might be a different story, though!)

I'm sure there will be other responses from more experienced members, but I would think you would be better off with a good quality food from your LFS, rather than trying to concoct your own! It will be cheaper and easier in the long run.

But, there are fresh veggies (peas, cucumber, potato, e.g.) you could try to feed your fish with now and then. If the fish don't eat them, you need to remove any uneaten pieces, so they don't rot and pollute your water.

The trick is not to OVERfeed! This is easier to do with a quality flake or pellet food.



Good luck, and all best,
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Posted: Aug 11 2009, 08:56 PM
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I do understand it would be easier to use straight store bought, but Im a resonably experienced aquariest and I would like to try making my own food as a challange and get some fresh food to my fish so their diet is more varied.Thanks for the input. smile.gif
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  Posted: Aug 11 2009, 09:02 PM
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Okay . . .

Well then, there are a number of other posts within this forum that address the desire of making your own fish food!

Go ahead and read through all the older posts about this, and maybe we can resurrect some more discussion about this topic!


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Posted: Aug 12 2009, 09:35 AM
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I tend to stick to store bought as the staple diet, and then add my own stuff as and when. i.e. peas, cucumber, prawns, whitebait, smelt, white fish, mussels, cockles etc, etc. The hard part of manufacturing your own "all in one" food is binding it together so that it doesn't just disperse in a complete mess. Beef heart is one of the messiest, fish love it in small doses so it was just a case of feeding small amounts so it all got eaten.

As far as fly's go, I feed crane flies (daddy long legs) to my fish, the apollo shark absolutely loves them. The hard part is dunking them under water so they don't fly off before the fish get them. I suppose it depends a lot on the size of fish you keep and the size of fly to how practical it is.
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Posted: Aug 12 2009, 01:43 PM
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During our shad season I will collect a mass of shad flys and drop then into the tank and let the fish feast on them, I have bought fishing worms and then brought them home and rinse them under fresh water to get the dirt off them and fed them to my fish .........mind not a whole lot......
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Posted: Aug 12 2009, 09:57 PM
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I did it!:) I just finished making my food. Now its sitting outside, I'm trying to make it sundry.
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Posted: Aug 13 2009, 08:27 AM
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qcool.gif What did you make? Ingredients?
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Posted: Aug 21 2009, 09:15 AM
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QUOTE (Rick.Clark @ Aug 13 2009, 09:27 AM)
qcool.gif What did you make? Ingredients?

Bumpity Bump. Still interested what you made mate, how are the fish finding it?
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Posted: Aug 21 2009, 01:03 PM
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Ditto that, keen to hear what you did smile.gif



I have fed daddy long legs to my Oscars in the past and the occasional fly stupid enough to crawl under the coverglasses on the cichla tank meets a very swift and noisy end.
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Posted: Aug 23 2009, 10:52 PM
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Sorry I didnt answer here is my rough recipe

cucumber, garlic, flake food, carrots, and mussels

everything was blended, dried, and reblended into powder. My fish seem to like it but it smells horrible fartnew2.gif

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Posted: Aug 28 2009, 09:47 AM
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QUOTE (fishgeek @ Aug 23 2009, 11:52 PM)
Sorry I didnt answer here is my rough recipe

cucumber, garlic, flake food, carrots, and mussels

everything was blended, dried, and reblended into powder. My fish seem to like it but it smells horrible fartnew2.gif

Does it all stay together or does it breakup or dissolve once it is in the water?
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it stays together
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Ok, so how does it stay together when you make homemade food? Does it have to be pressed in moulds or do you mix the power into a paste and make it into pellets while its wet? Is there a binding agent involved?
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perhaps a dehydrator was used to 'dry' the mixture?
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