New in the Stock Shop… Paradigm Fish Food
Dehydrated foods are becoming very popular, and with good reason. Unlike flake and pellet foods, dehydrated foods are not subjected to extremely high temperatures that degrade the nutritional value. Paradigm is one of the first thoughtfully produces dehydrated diets that is being distributed for retail sales. I like the food. The fish eat it, and appear to be in good health. I feed a lot of different foods, and I still feed gel diets as the staple in my fish room. But sometimes it is just easier to sprinkle a dry food in the tank. I also like for my fish to see a wide range of foods, so that they are apt to eat anything, so adding a dehydrated food to the line up was going to happen at some point. And Paradigm Fish Foods meet the quality ingredient standards are require. Here is a link to the Stock Shop page with the food: Paradigm Fish 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
Here is a cool little gadget for feeding Repashy Superfood to fish that will not go to the bottom to eat. The disc is a shallow bowl made from fired ceramic with a rough surface. In inside of the bowl is scored so that the gel food will adhere to it better. Pour hot gel into the bowl, let it set and then use a suction cup with a hook to suspend the food at any level in the aquarium you want to. The discs are also great for making feeding stations on the substrate. I like to place three or four on the bottom of aquariums with colonies of plecos or other loricarid catfish, so that each fish has its own dish to defend. Otherwise, those territorial cats tend to fight over the food! The discs are available in the store in sets of 4, 8 and 12. Here is a video on how to use them: