I was very nervous about making this video… Some friends of mine were sitting around the fish room talking about fish, and the discussion took turn towards all the things that I do associated with selling fish. Two of my guests were customers from out of state who drove up for a visit. They were really grilling me on quarantine, sources, my trips to meet suppliers, packing, feeding… I started to wonder if I had done something wrong! After about two hours one of them said to me, ‘why aren’t you telling people all of this?’ I did not have a good answer.
They started to make a list of all the things that they called the ‘TedsFishroom Difference’, and encouraged me to make a video. So I did. I also sat on this video for a while, because talking about myself in such a direct manner is uncomfortable to me. I showed it to the guys who were pushing me to make this video, and they said, ‘perfect!’ So here it is… The TedsFishroom Difference.
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:
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:
There are now two new sizes for Repashy Superfood, 12oz and 70.4oz. These are replacing the discontinued 16oz and 64oz. I am also discontinuing the 6oz size, because there is little advantage to buying a 6oz jar when the 12oz jar is available for not that much more. The 3oz jars will continue to cost $8.99. This is intended to be an introductory size. The larger sizes are a better value per ounce of food. The 6oz jars are still in inventory, but will disappear as they are sold out.
The new packaging is plastic jars, which hold up better over time than the foil bags. The 70.4 oz jar includes a convenient scoop.
One of the hardest groups of fish to deal with in the wholesale setting is livebearers. The problems start with the shipping process, which pretty much does everything to a livebearer that one really should not do: crowd them, keep them in poor water quality, subject them to low pH and starve them. Once they are in the fish room the situation does not get much better. They still need to be crowded. I tend to spread them out into multiple tanks, but I cannot take 250 sword tails and spread them out to 25 tanks. I can give them plenty of water changes though, and I use good Poret foam wall matten filters, so water quality is pretty stable. The big difference, I believe, is that I am able to feed the fish a LOT of quality food. Livebearers have a huge energy consumption, and they will eat all the time if there is food available to them. I feed Repashy Superfood to them at least once each day, sometimes twice. I like to mix the Soilent Green and Spawn & Grow formulas together in even amounts. I will also use Spawn & Grow, Super Green and Red Rum, especially with swordtails, red guppies and platies. The fatty acids in Spawn & Grow make a big difference in the health and vitality of the fish, the greens give the fish the plant matter they like and the Red Rum boosts color quickly and brightly. The fish learn very quickly that Repashy Superfood is good to eat. The video clips were shot after these farm-raised fish were in the fish room only 48 hours.
Repashy Superfood released a new line of marine gel food diets earlier this year. They are as good as the freshwater diets, and are designed for the nutritional requirements of marine organisms. The Reef Scraper is very unique in that it contains varieties of algae that are not normally included in fish feed, as well as the fatty acids that marine algae scraping species must have to survive. I am told that Moorish Idols are thriving on the Reef Scraper, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to make a video on that subject.
The marine diets are available in the stock shop (have been for a while).
The Repashy feeding discs have been a hit, and thanks to your feedback I have expanded the line of feeders to include some shallower discs and some larger discs. Now the feeders are available in three sizes. The 2″ deep disc has a deeper bowl and will hold a food thickness of about 1/4″-3/8″. The 2″ shallow disc is flatter and will hold a food thickness of 1/8″-1/4″. I really like this size for using as feeding stations for bottom-feeding fish. I am also offering a new 3″ dish with a shallow profile. This disc holds a deceptively large amount of food. The thickness will be about 1/4″-3/8″ in the middle and much thinner towards the edges. I like this disc for feeding tanks full of open or upper-water fish like growout danios and rainbows.
I have added a start set of 2 of each size disc, with suction cup hooks (six discs total) for $20. There are also sets of 4, 8 and 12 of each size; and a 4-of-each set (12 discs total) that offers the most versatility. Most of the people that have purchased sets of four discs have reordered a week later to get more! Here is a picture of the 4-of-each set, so you can have an idea of what the different sizes look like:
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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:
Repashy Superfoods are versatile. One of the first ‘alternative’ uses I discovered was using the food to administer medications. I have been sitting on this video for a while, but a lot of people have been asking for it. My concern is that using medications on fish should not be a casual thing, and I do not want to give the impression that it is something that I do all the time. Quite the contrary. The most common use of supplementing Repashy with medication is treating newly imported fish in quarantine for internal parasite infestations. Other than than, I medicate very rarely. This video is really not much more than an introduction, though it does cover how to mix the meds and food in detail. Watch for more information about using meds to appear on the web site. I am working on a page with some more specific information.