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making your own apistogramma food?

Discussion in 'General Dwarf Cichlids' started by blucenere, Jan 7, 2018.

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    blucenere New Member

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    Hi everybody,
    i wanted to ask you if you make your own fish food and if you feel like sharing your recipe (excluding live food)
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    blucenere New Member

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    I for example was thinking of:

    raw shrimps
    slightly boiled zucchini
    slightly boiled cucumber
    slightly boiled peas
    slightly boiled carrots
    slightly boiled broccoli
    boiled egg
    garlic pressed in peanuts oil
    agar agar

    i am not sure if i should use a tomato, an orange or a beef heart

    i will use the water from boiling to mix the agar agar and I will put all together with a mixer
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Avoid beef heart. The fat doesn't break down at temperatures typically used for apistos. It can clog the intestinal tract.
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    blucenere New Member

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    thank you very much!

    what do you mean with
    ?

    I would think something like 20-26°C like most of the fishes
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    I was told by a well respected discus breeder, who was also a veterinarian, that mammalian fat doesn't 'liquefy' and become digestible by fish until they are about 30°C / 84ºF. He believed that many bloating/intestinal problems seen in fish fed beef he art and kept at temperatures below 30/84 was due to this. He stopped using beef hearts and went to turkey hearts in his food. He put his daughter through college on the discus he bred and sold, so he must have been doing something right!
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    blucenere New Member

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    very good to know

    even if...i think they usually suggest the heart because is the thing in our body with the least or null fat (it is a muscle that works no stop)
    but i prefer to stay on the safe side and i did not add it. :)

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