Introducing – Ted’s Most Excellent gel food

I have been working for the past few months on a Repashy Superfood formula of my own, and it is now ready to be offered for sale.  I am calling it Ted’s Most Excellent, because it is truly a food that benefits a lot of different kinds of fish.  I have not found anything that will not eat it…. yet.  Let me know if you do!

Here is a video of the food in action:

 

TME started out as three different foods, each designed to meet a specific goal.  They were eventually combined into one, and TME was born.  Those goals were:

  • Make a conditioning diet for breeding fish that can replace black worms, especially for Corydoras sp. and Apistogramma sp.  I use a lot of black worm, and they are expensive.  The food I designed has allowed me to cut my black worm use by 2/3… and I have reports from breeders who tested the food for me that they were able to get good production with no black worms at all when feeding this food!
  • Make a highly nutritious diet that triggers fish to feed quickly so that wild fish can get good food during quarantine and be acclimated before they ship.  TME does this.  I use it with everything within a few hours after the fish arrive in the fish room, and everything is eating it readily within a couple days.
  • Make a food so packed with nutrition that fish can be fed less of it less frequently with no malnutrition.  I need the food to do this so I can spend less money feeding fish, and so that a well fed fish can be purged and shipped, often no seeing any food for 3-5 days, with no ill effects on the fish.  TME has proven very effective at keeping purged fish in good condition, even small tetras.

The biggest difference between TME and the other Repashy Superfood diets is that I chose more expensive ingredients and use them in higher concentrations.  Think of TME as a ‘super premium’ Repashy gel food.  All the advantages of Repashy Superfood… but amplified.

The keys to the food’s success are in what is in the food, and what is NOT in the food.  I emphasized proteins that are very attractive to all fish:  mussel, insect, krill, squid, shrimp, fruit…  And I stayed away from flavors that can turn some fish off, namely fish.  There are no fish proteins in this diet at all.  Piscivore species are just as attracted to mollusks and crustaceans, so there is no harm in leaving the fish out.  The result is a fish food that fish are immediately attracted to the first time they smell it.

Ted’s Most Excellent is available in the Stock Shop in the standard Repashy jars sizes that I carry: 3oz, 6oz, 12oz and 70.4oz (2 kg).  Please check it out.  You will also find the ingredients list and nutritional analysis in the Stock Shop:

Ted’s Most Excellent in the Stock Shop

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Bottom Scratcher!

The newest formula from Repashy Superfood, Bottom Scratcher, is now available in the Stock Shop.  This diet was formulated with the bottom-feeding invertebrate eaters in mind.  It is a great food for whiptail cats, Hypancistrus, cory catfish and anything else that likes insect larvae, mollusks and crustaceans.  There is no fish protein in this diet.  Clink on the image below for details:

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Catfish From Peru

Here is a video highlighting some of the fish that recently arrived from Peru.  The order was predominantly catfish, and so is the video.  Enjoy…

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Pre-Sales Opportunity – Czech Dwarf Cichlids

I am offering a pre-sales opportunity to order dwarf cichlids from the Czech Republic this week.  Here is a link to the downloadable order spreadsheet:

Czech Preorder

Please read the instructions and notes at the top of the spreadsheet.  Here are the essentials:

  • Orders are due by Wednesday, July 8.
  • Fish will arrive to me on July 13.
  • You will receive an invoice for your fish and overnight shipping on Tuesday, July 14, please pay by Wednesday, July 15.
  • Fish will be fed on Monday & Tuesday, then purged on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Fish will ship to you on Thursday afternoon for Friday AM arrival, unless we make other arrangements before I accept your order.

All the prices are per fish, even on the lines that say ‘pairs’.  Those line items are SUPPOSED to be shipped in even sex ratios.  Fish will be shipping to you in the sex ratio that I get them.  Expect even ratios, or close to it.  Please do not order one-sided ratios, such as 1 male and three females.  I cannot ask Czech for that, and get what I get.  Neither can I guarantee the quality or size of the fish, but I have ordered many times from this supplier and have been happy with the stock that arrives 95% of the time.

I do not have pictures of the different fish.

That’s about it… contact me if you have any questions.

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New TedsFishroom Stock Shop & Store

After months of work figuring out how to do it, the new Stock Shop and Store website is operational!  Hopefully this new site will make ordering livestock, Repashy Superfood and supplies easier than before.

Please register as a customer on the site.  No purchase necessary.  Customers (as opposed to Guests and Visitors) we have access to bigger discounts on sale items and other incentives.

Put the site through its paces, and let me know if you find any bugs.  I am really nervous about this launch!

Click to logo below to go see the new site:

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Tarpon

Not really aquarium-related, but this video does have fish in it.  Catching a tarpon on a fly rod has been on my bucket list for a long time, and today I was able to check it off.  The experience was even better because my son Thomas was also able to catch a tarpon.  Biggest fish either of us has ever caught!

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Client Unpacking Video

Thank you S. T. for making this short video of unpacking one of my shipments.

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Grub Pie… a new insectivore food from Repashy

Repashy Superfood has a new diet:  Grub Pie, an excellent diet that emphasizes insects in its protein profile.  The food is already listed in the stock shop, but it will arrive here this week.  Any orders will ship early next week.

Insectivore Gel Premix

Our Insect Based (75%) Meal Replacement Gel for Insectivorous Species of Tropical Fish. Great for Livebearers, Gouramis, Catfish and even Amphibians. Insects are raised in the USA on high-quality ingredients!

 

INGREDIENTS: Insect Meal, Dried Seaweed Meal, Coconut Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Dried Brewers Yeast, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Locust Bean Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Taurine, Watermelon, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex).

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. 40%, Crude Fat min. 12%, Crude Fiber max. 15%, Moisture max. 10%, Ash max. 12%, Calcium min. 1.5%.

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Freshwater Displays at the Steinhart Aquarium

The Steinhart is one of the famous aquariums in the USA.  It is part of the California Academy of Sciences museum in GOlden Gate Park, San Francisco.  I visit any time I am nearby.  The aquarium features many freshwater displays from small nano-aquariums to a huge Amazon River tank.  Here are a few of them…

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Catching Up with the Bireley’s

I had another opportunity to visit the Bireley family in California recently, and shot some more video of their home and fish room.  I was last there two years ago, just after Rich had taken possession of some large catfish (and some that would be getting larger), and now we can see the plan for those fish complete.  There is a lot of debate about whether or not large, ‘monster’ fish should be something we keep in captivity.  99%  of hobbyists should not keep them.  But if you have the resources to provide adequate space and adequate food, these animals can become wonderful pets.  Yes…. pets.  And they can live for a very long time.

The pond that these catfish are housed in is a 24-long fruit liner used for hauling fruit from orchards.  Rich has one of these big tubs and two smaller.  It is truly one of the most unique fish room features I have ever seen.  Enjoy…

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