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Homemade Recipes

European Shrimp Mix Recipe

This European Shrimp Mix recipe comes recommended by many european breeders and fish keepers everywhere and it even appears in Ad Konings` book "Enjoying Cichlids". You should never suddenly change your cichlids food but instead introduce it slowly. Because of the high nutritional value of this recipe you should not feed it more than once a day.

  • 2 LBS whole shrimp
  • 2 LBS frozen peas
  • 2 teaspoons of spirulina powder
  • 100 gms gelatin or agar agar
  • 10 drops of liquid vitamins for fish

Spirulina powder can be bought from any good health food shop and I prefer to use the vegetarian alternative to gelatin which is Agar Agar, I had to order mine over the internet. If you can not find liquid vitamins for fish then you can use liquid or tablet vitamins sold for small animals or birds.

  1. Thaw out the frozen peas and shrimps but leave them slightly frozen.
  2. Place them in a blender or mincer and grind them to a paste depending on how big your fish are.
  3. Place the mixture in a bowl and add the spirulina powder and vitamins and stir well.
  4. Dissolve the gelatin or agar agar, make sure there are no lumps which can be dangerous to small fish.
  5. Slowly add the shrimp-pea mix to the warm gelatin and be sure to mix it completely before it cools.
  6. Pour the mixture onto a backing tray or into small ice cube trays and leave in the fridge to cool.
  7. Cut hardened mixture into pieces and freeze in zip lock bags, it will stay fresh until completely consumed.

Alternative Shrimp Mix Recipe - Provided by a member of M.C.H

Shrimps, mussels, squid, pear, broccoli, spirulina commercial food, human consumption purposed multi-vitamin capsules, all mashed into pulp, mixed with gelatine dissolved in hot water and poured into ice cube molds, and put in the freezer.

"This ice cube form is rather important. If you try to cast the gelatine in a slate like form, you will have a hard time breaking a piece the size you wish later."

Homemade Fish Food Recipe2

  • Start with ANY greens, fruits and vegetables . ( carrots, broccoli, yams, oranges, apples, Romaine lettuce, etc).
  • Put all the above in a blender or food processor.
  • Slowly add shrimp, crab legs (both with shells), and/or smelt. Do not use any fish that would contain high levels of oils, like herring or mackeral.
  • Blend mixture as fine as possible.
  • Add liquid vitamins or crushed tablets. You can also add Selco or Selcon. The mixture should have the consistancy of mud.
  • Add some liquid to thin it up if it appears too thick. Carrot or sweet potato juice works well for this purpose as it is high in vitamin content. You can also use clam juice or water.
  • Boil 100-150ml of water and add the same amount of unflavored gelatin. Mix the gelatin and vegetable mixture together. Pour the resulting mixture into a rectangle pan and allow to cool. You can place the mixture in the freezer but be sure to score the mixture before it is completely hardened to make it easier to separate later.
  • After the mixture is frozen you can separate the pieces and place them in freezer bags for use as needed.

Homemade Fish Food Recipe3

From Dr. Terry Fairfield:
  • pound of pollack or catfish fillets
  • pound baby food (green beans, carrots, squash, etc.)
  • 1/8 pound raw shrimp (this is the glue)
  • Garlic cloves (this is the medicine)

  1. Mix and puree the baby food, the shrimp, and the fish together using either a food processor or blender.
  2. Add 0.1% of garlic by the weight of 1 pound. Use minced garlic.
  3. Mix the concoction well and then spoon it out into ziplock freezer bags.
  4. Flatten it all out so that it's an inch thick and then freeze it.
  5. To feed your fish, scrape small slivers off using a knife.

  6. This food should not be used as a primary food but should be used to supplement another quality flake food.

    liquid vitamins could also be added to the recipe to up its value.

To learn more about this topic and more about caring cichlid fish, you can purchase one of these books.