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Gel Food Recipes

Message Board / Forum. Goldfish Food. Gel Food

Posted by: fantailfan Oct 1 2003, 09:24 PM
i read once how to make a gel food. i cant find that resource again, and i really would like to blend some of the foods together, so that i can give more than one kind at a time.

anyone care to enlighten me again?

Posted by: isy Oct 2 2003, 12:29 PM
Kroshinsky Gelatin Food Recipe
2 lb. Smelts
24 oz. Frozen Peas
3 Large Red Bell Peppers
2 to 3 12 oz. pkg Frozen Chopped Spinach
16 oz. Plain Wheat Germ
5 tsp. Powdered Vitamins
32 envelopes Plain Powdered Gelatin
Liquefy first 4 ingredients in a blender, adding sufficient water for blender operation. Place in large pot, add wheat germ, and heat until warm stirring continuously. When warm, add the gelatin gradually, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Stir in vitamin powder, then cool and refrigerate. Once solid and rubbery, cut into 3/16th inch thick sheets and freeze.

Defrost sheets as needed, cutting into 1/4th inch cubes prior to feeding.

Makes about 2 gallons.

I haven't tried it. It'd be useful if you could post the results.

Posted by: the goldfish man Oct 2 2003, 12:56 PM
i might try that one

Posted by: fantailfan Oct 2 2003, 09:48 PM
those are really helpful. my idea is to make a gel, including flaoting foods that i have trouble getting to sink. I.E. sun dried baby shrimp, tubiflex and blood worms, and certain flakes and pellets(mainly bio gold by hikari). i was wondering about the gelitin mix however. i just didnt want to dive in with some lime jello.

OOOH, and fruit too. i can never get that to sink in the tank, no matter how long i soak it.

Posted by: touchofsky Oct 4 2003, 12:17 PM
Here is an easy gel food recipe that I use for my fish. They love it, and it is really good to feed to fish that having floating problems. Especially the one with 1/2 peas as the vegetable component.


1 cup lightly cooked vegetables (I used a half cup frozen peas, then the
next half cup was a mixture of frozen spinach, frozen green beans, green
pepper, & parsley, but you can use other things such as asparagus, mustard
greens, broccoli, carrots, whatever you have on hand) If you use frozen
vegetables, you don't have to cook them, since they are already blanched.

1/2 can tuna or shrimp

- liquefy the veggies and the tuna or shrimp in a blender,

- dissolve 2 packets of unflavoured gelatin in half a cup of warm water,
microwave till clear, and stir into the veggie mix.

Pour into a standard oblong cake pan that is lined with saran wrap and

Once set, cut into bite sized pieces with the dull side of a knife. Remove
enough for a week, then freeze the rest. When it is frozen, you can use the
saran wrap to lift the whole slab right out of the pan, double wrap it, and
return to the freezer. It will easily break along the cuts that you have
made. Just break off a chunk of the frozen food, and let thaw a bit, then
feed. It thaws very quickly. You can keep a few days worth, unthawed, in the fridge wrapped in saran.

There is also another very easy gel food that is made with a small can of
tomato paste, a couple of peeled, lightly cooked, chopped carrots, 1/2 can
tuna or shrimp, 2 packets unflavoured gelatin dissolved in half cup warm
water and heated till clear. This mixture is then liquefied in the blender
and treated the same way as above for freezing. This is high in vitamin A
and C :-)

The fish love these and these recipes make a huge batch, so it lasts a long

Posted by: fantailfan Oct 5 2003, 10:27 PM
i sort of used my own recipe, with tips from those others that were posted.

i crushed equal amounts of

baby sun dried shrimp
hikari biogold(it floats, no matter how long i soak it)
spirulina 20
peas, diced and mashed
canteloupe and apricots

then i mixed it in distilled water, and added the gelatin stuff. the krill, shrimp, and tubiflex have all been assosiated with good growth rates. bloodworms seems to give colors a boost, as does the canteloupe and apricots. peas so the dont get bound up, and spirulina just had here, and they didnt seem to like it by its self. the hikari, i just cant get it to sink, and so many people have told me its a good food, i wanted to work it into the program.

they seem to love it, and we will see if it jumpstarts thier growth and color.

Posted by: fantailfan Oct 5 2003, 10:28 PM
also, i wanted a small amount of food, so i make sure none goes to waste.

Posted by: touchofsky Oct 6 2003, 07:04 PM
The gel food recipe that I sent makes enough to fit in the bottom of a oblong cake pan, about 9"x12" or something like that.

This recipe freezes very well, so you can keep it in the freezer and just break off a bit at a time, so none goes to waste.

You could cut the recipe in half if you wanted to.

Posted by: touchofsky Oct 6 2003, 07:07 PM
Hi fantailfan,
I am going to give your recipe a try, then I will have three homemade gel foods to feed.

The cantaloupe and apricots sound yummy ... lucky fish.

Posted by: Ranchugirl Oct 22 2003, 01:52 PM
I thought I pin this one up here, since a lot of us make their own food, including me, and its always nice to see some variations fast without searching through the whole section....

Posted by: Leaca_tay Oct 24 2003, 08:09 PM
I'm gonna try making a gel food with my dried bloodworms. My fish can never get them when I sprinkle them in the tank because they're so small and go everywhere. I love feeding them a varied diet.

Posted by: Ranchugirl Oct 24 2003, 08:27 PM
Thats a great idea. I put some frozen bloodworms into my food too, since my fish have a hard time catching them, especially the big ones. Koi and bloodworms, not in your life time.

Posted by: koko Feb 1 2004, 02:27 PM
Well I gave it a shot.

Progold crushed

Oh and I just had to taste it and EWW.

Posted by: Ranchugirl Feb 2 2004, 08:19 PM
Koko, are you sure you got the whole concept of the gel food thing? Its the fish who are supposed to eat it, not YOU. <

Posted by: koko Feb 2 2004, 08:29 PM
.......Well I had to make sure that it was good for them. You know like a mom that make sure that the food is safe for the babie......I guess I go over board.

Posted by: HappyGoldfish Feb 2 2004, 08:34 PM
Ewww. I can't believe you tasted it.

Posted by: Ranchugirl Feb 2 2004, 08:36 PM
Actually, I do that sometimes too, but I use Kroshinsky's receipe, and its all natural ingredients there, anything I woul eat anyway, well, except for the dog vitamins....
You should see my cats going nuts when I feed the fish....They follow me around until they get a piece as well.

Posted by: HappyGoldfish Feb 2 2004, 08:43 PM
Blech. I use the Kroshinsky recipe, too, as well as a few other recipes, but you won't catch me eating it. I don't like seafood when it's prepared for people, much less all mixed up with other ingredients and made into gel food for fish.

My cats are the same way. Let them have it, I say - there's more than enough for the fish and I don't want any.

Posted by: koko Feb 2 2004, 08:46 PM
Actually hubby dared me to do it. So I tasted it but I didnt swallow it wasnt that great.......

Posted by: Ranchugirl Feb 2 2004, 09:12 PM
HA - I bet Ric didn't take one bite, did he now?

Posted by: koko Feb 2 2004, 09:47 PM
Oh no he didnt he said EWW..... but I told him I can do it but he said I dont swallow so it didnt count........

Posted by: albert17 Mar 15 2004, 03:32 PM
How long does it usually take for a gel food to set?

I used touchofsky's recipe.

Posted by: Ranchugirl Mar 22 2004, 09:03 PM
Albert , I use the same one. I usually make my food in the afternoon, just because its the only free time I have. I let it cool down on the countertop an hour, and then put it in the fridge over night....I always make 2 gallon of that stuff, since I have quite a few fish, and with that huge amount it takes about 4-5 hours to set. With less food, it will take less time....

Posted by: CalicoFantail Apr 16 2004, 08:51 PM
I'm kinda confused

Posted by: Ranchugirl Apr 18 2004, 02:43 PM
About what?

Posted by: Aquarius Apr 24 2004, 06:56 PM
I thought I would share my recipe with everyone:

Goldfish Gel Food Recipe

1 c. frozen peas and carrots, thawed.
1/3 cup spirulina flakes
1 3 oz. can of tuna
� c. Pro Gold sinking pellet food
5 cubes frozen brine shrimp (Hikari)
2 dog vitamins (Pet Tab), crushed into fine powder
2 packets unflavored gelatin powder
Approximately 2 c. water


Add peas and carrots, tuna, and � c. water to blender, and blend until smooth. Add spirulina flakes and � c water into blender, and blend until smooth again. Add Pro Gold and blend. Dissolve 5 cubes of brine shrimp into about a tablespoon of water. When dissolved, add to the mixture and blend. Lastly, add vitamins to the mixture and blend. Dissolve gelatin packets into � c. cold water, and stir well. Microwave for about 1-2 minutes, until clear, stirring occasionally. Add to the mixture and blend once more.

Pour mixture into long casserole dish lined in saran wrap. Place into the refrigerator for several hours, until completely gelatinous. Using a dull knife (i.e. a butter knife), cut into tiny squares. Keep enough for about a week in refrigerator in separate Tupperware container. Freeze the remainder.

Posted by: laserblast Apr 30 2004, 11:46 PM
Making food. What a concept.

This website rules.

Posted by: monty May 3 2004, 06:20 PM
Doe4s this stuff float or sink? How do the fish like it??

Posted by: Aquarius May 3 2004, 06:38 PM
It sinks. My fish really seem to like it!


Posted by: koko May 3 2004, 06:43 PM
you know my fish love this food more than bought foods.....Its easy and if you have a fish that needs more special needs you can make it for them

Posted by: monty May 6 2004, 04:53 PM
I think I am going to try a recipe.

Posted by: izgoblin May 20 2004, 01:17 PM
I just found this topic. I should really give this one a try, since I can't seem to get my fish to eat any veggies other than peas. Perhaps if I mix in carrots and such into this gel, they won't be so finicky.

Posted by: snakebaby Jun 20 2004, 04:40 PM
Does anyone alter their gel food mix to reduce the protein during the winter? I would think that this would help with preparing to spawn. Just and idea I had.


Posted by: Ranchugirl Jun 21 2004, 07:17 PM
Well, you can leave things like bloodworms and seafood out of the receipe for the winter, that cuts down on the protein intake...

Posted by: love goldfish Jul 18 2004, 05:17 PM
i cannot believe how much goldfish can eat, always thought you buy the food in the store and that was it. Was i ever wrong, my fish are going to love me, in a couple of days i will get the foods that i know they like and make a gel food for them. Right on guys, my fish are goiing to love you too for giving me these tips. I always have veggies on hand since i eat a low carb diet. Mostly meat and veggies in my house. I will let you know how they like it, it will be a couple days or more but i will come back on as soon as i try to make a small batch for them and see how they like it. and from my fish

Thanks to this forum, that is how i found out they like peas and zucchhinni, and daphnia, that is what i have tried so far, and they love it all, so i will put these in my recipe. Thank you again.

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