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Tony Griffitts'
Beef Heart Aquarium Fish Food Recipe

I use this home made aquarium fish food recipe for raising Discus and other fish including Endler's Livebearer (Poecilia reticulata endleri).  It is a high protein fish food that gives the fish outstanding color and growth rate.

  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) Beef Heart
  • 8 oz (225 g) Freeze Dried Krill (Krill gives the fish outstanding color and growth, and it is a natural binder that keeps the mixture from falling apart in the water).
  • 4 to 6 tsp Kent Zoe Freshwater Vitamins or 1 Tblsp spirulina powder (available at most health food stores).
  • Small amount of Water for processing

The krill is processed first in a meat grinder, which turns it into a powder. Then the beef heart is ground once.  I then add the powdered krill and the vitamins (or spirulina powder) to the beef heart.  I then mix it all together adding water to soften the texture.  I then flatten it out in a zip lock baggy to not more than a ½ inch (1.25 cm) and than I freeze it.  After it has been frozen for 48 hours I remove a bag from the freezer and process it through a Salad Shooter (powered cheese grater) and then it goes back into the freezer.

For very small fry I do not grate the beef heart mix.  I break off sold chunks and use a very small hand held grater that shreds the mix into very small pieces.  I use an old toothbrush to wipe the grater clean in the water.

Garlic can also be added to the mixture for a natural anti-parasitic affect.  You will need to start with a small amount of garlic (no more than 1 Tsp).  You can increase the amount of garlic to the mixture as the fish get use to the taste.  To much garlic and your fish will not eat the food.

Published - 2006

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