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DIY Fish Food - Recipe
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By Stuart Danger Garbutt
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Recently I have been thinking, that certain food that i'm feeding my rhom may not be beneficial enough for him. So I set out to make my own, with ingredients that i approve of and ingredients that will be beneficial for him.
I set out reading a few posts made by other members, such as good colour enhancing, nutritionaly beneficial and tasty food.
And came to the assumption that as piranha are a fish that eat other fish there must be whole fish in the mixture, gills, head and all! Also we all like a colourful piranha, we all like looking at colourful fish with awesome reds,yellows and oranges. So, again i read a few posts on colour enhancing foods, such as krill and prawns, and found that they contain carotene, which is found in prawns with their shell on, krill and carrots.
Other than fish being the main diet of piranha, they also eat mammalian flesh, but very rarely, and as many people feed there piranha beef heart and pieces of steak I thought that this would be a good choice.

Here is the final choice of ingriedents:
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From left to right:
Hikari cichlid gold pellets - As many cichlid owners these pellets are excellent as they are nutritional and excellent and enhancing your fish's colour.
Hikari algae wafers - Also very beneficial for you pleco, and vegetables are good foor everyone!
Calcium Supplement - This is used for gecko's and all it is, is calcium and vitamin D3. So I thought this would be suitable for piranha's aswell.
Frozen Peas - I have gotten the impression that alot of people feed these to their piranha, and again vegtables are good for you!
Lean chopped steak and kidney - I chose steak to add into the mix as piranha are known to eat cow, but i only added a few chunks as mammalian meat probably doesnt make up as much of a piranha's diet as other things. The resaon i added kidney, is becasue in the body it is known to purify blood in the body so i added again a few small chunks.
Shell on prawns - Prawns smell very fishy and im sure that would be an attractive smell for a piranha! also being very high in carotene they will help with the piranha's colour.
Tray of lance fish - This has been the main part of diet for my rhom for the past few months, and he loves them, also being whole fish they must be good for piranha.
Tray of bloodworm - Bloodworm are known for there colour enhancing abillities and my piranha loves a cube added into the tank everyonce in a while.
Carrots - Again containing high levels of carotene will be good for enhancing yellows and reds. It is responsible for the orange colour of the carrot, and can cause people who have consumed enough to turn slightly yellow, sounds good!

Step by step
1. Get a blender, and slowly add each ingriedient with a little water making sure that all is smooth, after you have blended each ingriedient add it into a large bowl.
2. Once all ingriedients have been added to the bowl mix with a spoon until all parts are mixed, if nessesary blend it all together.
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3. Next get some gelatin, you can pick this up form your supermarket for next to nothing, all you do is add a little bit at a time to some warm water strirring all the time. The water can't be boiling or the gelatin will burn.
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4. Add the gelatin to the mix and stir again constantly for 5 mins or so.
5. Now pour it all into the shallowest dish you have, or into ice cube trays or into the blister pack that the bloodworm was in.
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6. Leave somwhere cold, outside or in the fridge, i left mine outside all night then in the morning moved it into the fridge, to make sure it was all set solid.
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7. Next, Tip the mix over onto a piece of cling film, this may take two people depending on how big the mix is!
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8. Now is the messy part, as my dish wasnt shallow enough i had to slice it into two pieces, the i divided it all up into quarters, and with a knife i scored deep into the mix, so it would be all in one piece but weakend so easy to break off.
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9. Now wrap each quarter or whatever in cling film and put into the freezer, and store for aslong as you like. it will keep for a few years aslong as it is always kept frozen.
10. When it is feeding time, break of a block and pop it into the tank, it sinks straight away and after a few mins it does break up, but my rhom loved it so much he gobbles it up even before it hits the ground.
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My piranha loves this food, and i will post some pics of him if his colour changes at all.

Stuart
 

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thats really awesome, i'm thinking of doing something very similar to that... a great way to get the p's all they need without having to switch things up.

you thaw out the chunk before you throw it in right? and when it thaws it stays whole right? i wouldn't want it to completely dissolve in my water and make a mess.
 

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Damn that looks horrible...I dont know if I could stomach making that. But then again...when my wife asks what I am doing..tell her its dinner...that way she will never ask me to cook again:)
 

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great recipe, but maybe a few chucnks of mysis shrimp could be added if you want and maybe substitute the cichlid gold for a carnivore food stick but its your recipe and your happy so i have no right to say..... looks good though
Carrots - Again containing high levels of carotene will be good for enhancing yellows and reds. It is responsible for the orange colour of the carrot, and can cause people who have consumed enough to turn slightly yellow, sounds good!
lol so true, when my cosuin was a baby her dad feed her way too many carrots and her face was orange for 3 days afterwards......... is this going to be your p's staple diet, or a thrown in during feeding?
 

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
this acts as my p's staple diet, i will add treat's other times.

yes i take the piece and leave it out for 10 mins and then pop it in, but sumtimes i do put it in frozen and it takes a while for the p to realise what it is and by the time he understands whats happening and goes to find it, it is defrosted.

once the mix had been made, it doesnt smell bad at all, it just smells like fish food.
 

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This is a great post. Good directions, and well written. A different font might be nice, but other than that you get a gold star!
 

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An amazing topic, something that everybody could do and it will bring out their natural colours. Aswell as giving them all the nutrition that they need. Couldn't ask much more than that


How much did it all cost roughly? And how long do you reckon it will last....just out of curiousity

 

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Yummy!
 

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it cost me around 15£ dunno how many $, but it will last for years literally, i have around 300 chunks and i feed my piranha with it every 3 days so i would say it will last 3 years. not bad for 15£!!!

thanks guys for all your comments, i'll change the font, i just preffer the look of arial narrow.
 

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That's a great idea, right now my P eats "Cichlid Delight" frozen cubes. I never thought of making my own...thanks for the great idea.
 

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i have a question, when ur piranha eats that, does it create a mess when it bites the cube?
 

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You probably need to add a clip on your nose when your blending all your ingredients.
 

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You are now the Emeril Lagasse of the piranha world.
 

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neh doesnt smell bad at all, smells like fish food and prawns, so not to bad, my piranha LOVES them i'll post pics soon, i think his colours have started to get brighter
 
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