Ready to whip up some homemade seafood?
DIY fish food may sound a bit absurd. But, throwing together a substitute for your aquatic friend’s usually flakes is easier than you may think. On top of that, homemade fish food may even be better for them.
Whether you’re looking to improve your fish’s health, or you want to show them a little extra love, you can’t go wrong with whipping up a batch of homemade fish food.
What Exactly Do Fish Eat?
Most aquarium owners feed their fishy friends those classic tri-colored flakes or tiny bland-looking pellets. But, neither of those options looks like any food that exists in nature.
So, what exactly is in those store-bought, pre-packaged fish foods?
While most commercial fish food does contain the nutrients and minerals your fish need to stay healthy, they also include a lot of extra preservatives and additives your underwater pals don’t need at all.
The truth is, fish aren’t nearly as complicated as people think — at least when it comes to their dietary needs. Like their land-dwelling counterparts, fish can be herbivores, omnivores, and even carnivores.
Before you decide which homemade fish food is right for your finned pals, you need to make sure you do your homework to figure out their diet, so you don’t accidentally wind up hurting one of your fish.
Here are three simple DIY fish food recipes your fishy friends are sure to love.
Perfect for Plant Eaters
If your fish ascribe to the veggie lifestyle, then this recipe is for them. Start by putting an equal amount of peas, spinach, shredded broccoli, and sliced cucumber into a blender and blending until smooth. Then, add in an equal amount of oats and blend until the mixture looks uniform.
Then in a separate bowl, start to prepare a batch of your favorite brand of unflavored gelatin. While the gelatin is still warm and liquid, combine it with the veggie mix, then pour the mixture into an ice cube tray to set in the fridge.
Remember, do not freeze your fish food!
Once your food cubes set, pop one out and drop it carefully into your fish’s tank at feeding time. The gelatin will slowly dissolve, and your fishy friends will be able to pick away at the veggie mix as they please.
The Omnivore Option
For your meat-eaters and omnivores, start by gathering equal parts of any vegetable, such as spinach or broccoli, raw whitefish, and raw shrimp. Then steam the vegetables until soft, and blend them in a blender until smooth and cool.
Then add in the shrimp and whitefish, and blend until the mixture looks uniform and top the mixture off with a few drops of your favorite fish vitamins. As with the last recipe, prepare your gelatin, combine it with the meat mixture, and carefully pour the entire thing into an ice tray to set.
On top of the meat cube, you may want to consider adding a few copepods to the tank to feed your fish and keep the tank looking pristine. Not sure what those are? Check out these copepods for more info!
Show Your Fish Some Love With Homemade Fish Food
Now that you know how easy it is to make homemade fish food, it’s time to get cooking.
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