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Old 10-07-2006, 05:56 PM   #1
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Frozen cubes...

Does anyone have their own mixtures for frozen cubes? I was thinking of making some myself and was wondering how others in here made theirs.
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Old 10-07-2006, 06:38 PM   #2
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I made a bunch of cubes this past year. My cubes were a mixture of mosquito larvae (fresh from my stagnant rock garden pond), brine shrimp I hatched out, and then a little food processed spinach and green beans. The fish loved the stuff, and easy because it basically meat the demands of various communtiy inhabitants.
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Old 10-07-2006, 07:28 PM   #3
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I was thinking of doing bloodworms, brine shrimp, peas, french cut beans, and fish flake food. Might even add Vegi Flake as well. What do you think?
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I think that would be fine. I started making cubes because I had easy source of mosquitos. No that the skeeters are gone I am using just my usual combination of prefrozen foods with the occassional feeding of live brine shrimp.
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Old 10-07-2006, 11:44 PM   #5
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Add unflavored gelatin and human multi-vitamins for that added punch!
The gelatin is great for healthy scales and bones/ It also acts as a binder to help retain texture and vitamin content. Good stuff!
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Does it float with the gelatin?
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Hasn't for me. Great question though!
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Cool, will have to give it a try.

Any particualar multi-vitamins?
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One A Day works great. One pill for every half pound or so of mix.

What type of fish are you feeding? That will greatly determine the ingredient list.

Oh yeah, this is also a fantastic way to add medications in a reef tank atmosphere. Treat the fish directly: internally!
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I have several tetras, Bolivian Rams, German Blue Rams, Red Tail Shark, Rainbow Sharks, Tiger Barbs, Cories, and more, lol
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That sounds like shrimp, bloodworms, nori (green, non-seasoned), mussels or clams, One A Day, Knox gelatin, and puree!
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Now how would you mix it all?
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Thaw it out well, (if you are using any frozen components) slice up everything to cubes (1" or so), cut the nori into small strips, pulverize the vitamin, throw all of the aforementioned into a blender and puree for a few seconds. Then, mix in the gelatin, flatten it out in ziploc baggies, freeze. Serve sparingly. There will not be a lot of fillers in this.
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Will have to try that tomorrow, I got some time, lol.

And thanks for the help.
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I make a variant on the frozen cube idea, which I use for my veggie mbuna cichlids (ps. saulosi). I'd recommend this method too for fussy fish who are a bit picky about eating 'actual' fruit and veg!
I have a small hand held blender, and use this to make a paste out of peas, cucumber, apple, pear, lettuce and a bit of water. You could add a lot more to this too (zucchini etc.). You need the teeny bit of water to help form the paste. The blender doesnt make a smooth liquid like paste: it's still fairly lumpy and has bits of each ingredient in. I scoop (not pour for this reason!) the mix into a regular ice-cube tray, and then freeze it.
When it's feeding time I take one cube, and then use a knife to very carefully (watch your fingers!) cut the cube into smaller pieces. Then I just pop these in the tank. They automatically float, no need for gelatin or anything, and the great thing is that they flake up and bits fall off which fit perfectly into their mouths. They love it! And, I've found other fish I keep which are fussy about eating say a whole slice of cucumber, or chunks of it etc. will still go for this frozen cube method.

I actually was inspired by this post to try it out, and it def. works
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This is a GREAT post - I love it.
Knox gelatin comes in a powder if I remember correctly ? do you mix it up according to the directions and then addit into the paste ?
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