Michigan Reefers banner

Home made food recipes

514 Views 0 Replies 1 Participant Last post by  tikki50
Ok I have been doing some research on fish/coral food recipes and have found that there are several diffrent needs for specific species. Obviously plankton is vitally important to the survival of corals, etc. But since I dont have any means of producing them I either must purchase it or offer a subsitute (sp). I would like to stay away from bottled/frozen foods because of the term "pollution in a bottle" and also the lack of nutrients in them. I have found this recipe for making homemade quality food. If you have a better one please post it.

·6 fresh mussels
·6 fresh clams
·squid/fish eggs/ocotpus
·3 scallops
·3 whole shrimp (fresh or frozen)
These seafoods contain blood or blood components, which are rich in nutrients. If one or more of these ingredients are not available, you may substitute similiar items (not precooked, canned or containing additional additives or other ingredients).

Frozen Aquarium Foods
·1/2 package frozen sea urchins (aquarium pack)
·1/2 package frozen fish roe (aquarium pack)
·4 oz. decapsulated Artemia nauplii

The decapsulated (deshelled) Artemia are readily accepted my most corals as they do not have the shells, which many corals will reject. Frozen brine shrimp may be substituted however, as with the Artemia, the shells may cause some corals to reject them. These ingredients are an excellent source of nutritional ingredients.
Dried Seaweeds
·1/4 cup of red, green and brown seaweeds after soaking.
Dried seaweeds can be found in pet shops and health food stores or in the Asian section of most food stores. Do not use roasted or other products which have flavors or other indredients added to them. Seaweeds are an excellent food for zoanthids and other soft corals which feed on plant matter. Natural sea weeds are also an excellent source of iodine.
Aquarium Foods & Supplements
·2 oz. (1 small container) Marine Flake Food
·1 tbsp Liquid vitamins (Selco, or other vitamin/amino acid supplements)
1. Soak the seaweeds in fresh (declorinated) water until soft.
2. Thaw all of the frozen ingredients in a bowl.
3. Remove shells from all seafood.
4. Crush all dry ingedients into a powder. A mortar and pestle is best, but various other kitchen implements (2 spoons, 1 spoon and a small plate) can be used.
5. Add liquid vitamins to the powdered ingredients.
6. Liquify all of the ingredients in a blender.
7. Freeze in Ziplock bags in thin flats or in small compartment ice cube trays (cut pieces in half, or quarters for feeding convenience and store in Ziplock bags after frozen).
Feeding Recommendations
Start by feeding small amounts (1/2 tsp per 50 gallons of system water per day) to begin with. You can gradually increase the amount, until you start to see water quality problems, then back off on the quantity a bit. The food can be administered at night (when most corals actively feed) or with the use of a turkey baster (dissolve the ration in a container of tank water and inject directly onto the corals).
This coral food is pure, high potency nutrition for your corals. Using a high powered protein skimmer in your tank will greatly assist you in keeping the accumulation of uneaten food to a safe level.

I dont know about you but my tank is going on the Akins Diet, LOL.
See less See more
1 - 1 of 1 Posts
1 - 1 of 1 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.