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Old 09-24-2006, 03:00 PM   #1
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Help with frozen food....

OK this is going to sound dumb...but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something. I bought some frozen Formula One for my 6 line wrasse (only fish). I took out a cube, "thawed" it in some hot water....and discovered that it has the consistency of a gumdrop....much head scratching later I cut it up into pieces and put one in the tank, and it promptly vanished into a crevice in the LR because of the current. The wrasse knew it was there, and spent the next hour trying o figure out how to get at it....not sure if he ever did. So how exactly am I supposed to feed this stuff? Somehow I was expecting "normal" frozen food that thaws out into little bits....should I chop it up??

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I always thaw mine out in tank water in a cup. Never had that happen.
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I believe formula One has some type of additive that causes gelling. Your best bet is to try to mash it into little peices.
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It has been, a while for me, but I believe, a whole cube is a little too much for one fish. I use a little bit of brine for my 5 fish. I used to use a gel based food and my fish had a hard time eating that food off the bottom of the than (since, it sinks to the bottom). You have a wrasse, so he/she might eat off the botom.
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I soak mine in Selcor/Zoe/Garlic extreem (no other water), but, I use only about 1/3 of a cube of food.
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I only gave him a tiny portion of the cube (about 1/8th) but it just vanished into the live rock and the crabs got it. Maybe I'll try shredding it.
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I had a hard time chopping it up too. It's way too rubbery. I gave up on them and went with both mysis and brine shrimp, soaked of course.
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Why buy that stuff when you can blend fresh seafood yourself? shrimp, scallops and whitefish mixed with some fresh garlic, nori and some zoe is what I use. If you have a better market, you can find some nicer stuff. I spend about $8-10 and have enough food to last 6 months.

When I feed, I break a hunk off and just break it apart with my fingers in the water. No preservatives and very healthy. Most my fish come up and eat from my hand.
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That`s a good idea. I might even try that.
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