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Old 08-14-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Homemade Food Question - Frozen OK? Garlic?

I wanted to know if you can use frozen fish (not frozen fish food cubes) for homemade food or if it has to be fresh. I know definitely not canned and no spices etc.

For adding garlic do I add bite size bits of whole garlic or get garlic juice and add that in?

I was thinking a mix of shrimp, scallops, squid, cod/tilapia, and crab if it's cheap enough, then use some seaweed strips I have with frozen cubes and flake food. Hopefully this amount would make a batch good for my salt and freshwater tanks.

Thanks for any tips! I'm on my phone at work and can't search for threads so hopefully this isn't a duplicate question.
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I wanted to know if you can use frozen fish (not frozen fish food cubes) for homemade food or if it has to be fresh. I know definitely not canned and no spices etc.

For adding garlic do I add bite size bits of whole garlic or get garlic juice and add that in?

I was thinking a mix of shrimp, scallops, squid, cod/tilapia, and crab if it's cheap enough, then use some seaweed strips I have with frozen cubes and flake food. Hopefully this amount would make a batch good for my salt and freshwater tanks.

Thanks for any tips! I'm on my phone at work and can't search for threads so hopefully this isn't a duplicate question.
If making own food fresh seafood is best. If frozen be sure it contains no preservatives!

Also either form of garlic will work.
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Thanks, Schism. I got some raw shrimp and squid and frozen silversides and frozen baby clams. Not sure if the garlic I have will work (it's minced garlic in a garlic liquid) since the packaging is in Chinese and Engrish. Gotta love those Asian marketplaces!
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Thanks, Schism. I got some raw shrimp and squid and frozen silversides and frozen baby clams. Not sure if the garlic I have will work (it's minced garlic in a garlic liquid) since the packaging is in Chinese and Engrish. Gotta love those Asian marketplaces!
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Thanks, Schism. I got some raw shrimp and squid and frozen silversides and frozen baby clams. Not sure if the garlic I have will work (it's minced garlic in a garlic liquid) since the packaging is in Chinese and Engrish. Gotta love those Asian marketplaces!
Careful with the jarred minced garlic. Most likely additives/preservatives. Your best off buying whole garlic or an aquarium made for extract.
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I wanted to know if you can use frozen fish (not frozen fish food cubes) for homemade food or if it has to be fresh. I know definitely not canned and no spices etc.

For adding garlic do I add bite size bits of whole garlic or get garlic juice and add that in?

I was thinking a mix of shrimp, scallops, squid, cod/tilapia, and crab if it's cheap enough, then use some seaweed strips I have with frozen cubes and flake food. Hopefully this amount would make a batch good for my salt and freshwater tanks.

Thanks for any tips! I'm on my phone at work and can't search for threads so hopefully this isn't a duplicate question.

I will give you my recipe that I use and have been adapted by a group of fellow reefers in my area.

I do 6 scallops 6 clams 3 raw large shrimp 2 sheets of sushi nori. About 4 ounce portion of any white fish on sale with one clove of minced garlic. Blend it all in a food processor. Just make sure y rinse it good with rodi water then i put in large zip lock bag roll thin with a rolling pin. And freeze it flat..
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Be careful of phosphates
The ingredients on the frozen stuff doesn't include anything other than the fish (ie Ingredients: Baby Clam), so it should be phosphate free I assume.

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Careful with the jarred minced garlic. Most likely additives/preservatives. Your best off buying whole garlic or an aquarium made for extract.
I'll save the garlic for human consumption probably and use a raw clove like jsmith said.

Thanks for the help everyone!
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I got one more question, apparantly.

I was going to make the food and realized the clams I bought are pre-cooked. Can I still use them? The ingredients listing just has "baby clams" as the only ingredient.
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I was wondering about making some food blocks cause my fish live for those frozen bloodworm blocks. Thanks *getting hungry just reading about shrimp and garlic lol*
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I got one more question, apparantly.

I was going to make the food and realized the clams I bought are pre-cooked. Can I still use them? The ingredients listing just has "baby clams" as the only ingredient.
Only fresh sorry dont worry i first made the mistake by doing that to shrimp..cooked seafood looses alot of nutritional value.
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