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.
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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:
All of the disc options are available in the stock shop: Repashy Feeding Discs
Blue Fish Aquarium is an exceptional destination aquarium store in Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you ever find yourself traveling through western Michigan, stopping in at Blue Fish is well worth the effort.
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.
One of the advantages of feeding Repashy Superfoods is the ease of supplementing the food with extra ingredients. I have used Repashy Superfood to administer medications with great success (more on that coming up soon). Allen and I have talked for quite a while about producing a color enhancement food… all the other food companies have one! But we came to the conclusions that A) Repashy Superfoods already contain a healthy complement of color enhancing ingredients, and B) you are buying the food for its superior nutrition… not as a color enhancer.
Each of the Repashy Superfood formulas are designed for a specific purpose, and when you find the one your fish do best on, you are unlikely to switch to a more broad-based nutrition just to get the color enhancer. HOWEVER… enhancing a fish’s color naturally through the use of carotenoids and other natural ingredients is an attractive idea. We have a compromise for you…
Super Pig – Pigment Enhancement Formula. This gel food supplement can be added to any Repashy Superfood before mixing up the gel to give your fish a little color boost. And you do not need a lot of it! All of the Repashy Superfoods already have some of Super Pig’s effective ingredients in them. Supplementing 1/4 cup of dry food powder with one tablespoon of Super Pig is all that you need to kick the food into a powerful color enhancer. Give it a try!
Here is a little video showing some of the happenings and displays at the American Cichlid Association Convention that took place in Indianapolis two weeks ago. I apologize up front for the incompleteness of the video. I ‘worked’ the convention behind a TedsFishroom.com booth, and did not get to experience as much of the convention as I would have liked. Maybe next year I will be able to go (to Denver!) with just my cameras and document the event as it should be done. Enjoy…
I have added a new shipping cost level for Repashy Superfood purchased in small quantities. Now I can ship one or two 2oz packages, or one 4oz package, using USPS First Class Mail for $4.00. The only negative is that there is no tracking or confirmation available with First Class Mail. Several customers have asked for small sizes to be shipped more inexpensively so they can try a new food variety for less… now you can!
Ever thought about the differences between fry and adult fish? There are a lot of differences, especially with regards to what they need nutritionally in order to grow quickly and with good health. Repashy Superfoods’ new Spawn & Grow formula is designed with fry in mind. Here is a video I put together talking about raising fry in general, and how Spawn & Grow can help…