02-17-2003, 02:00 AM
Join Date: Feb 2004
The type of fish matters alot here, Qbal. I have made my own food before. Minced earthworms and night crawlers, and the fish LOVED it. It's alot of work though.
I can get a stryofoam cup filled with soil and about 50-75 nightcrawlers for about $3 here. Even if it's $5, it's still more than worth it. You'll want to do this when no one else is around because it's kinda gross:
Dump the worms into a colander or seive and rinse all the soil off of them. Have a small pot of boiling water ready to go, some tweezers, and some wax paper or foil. Tupperware is OK, too.
Take each worm and dip it for 1-2 seconds in the boiling water with your tweezers. This will kill it instantly, remove the slime coat and alot of the internal dirt. Place them neatly onto the wax paper. When you've finished, wrap them up tightly and stick them into the freezer for 2-3 hours or until frozen solid. Now, if you have big fish, you're all done; just thaw and serve. For small fish see next paragraph:
You'll need to make these big worms into *little* chunks and there are several ways. Here's where you'll really want for no one else to be around. All these methods require the worms to be frozen.
Take each worm and mince it with a new razor blade (be carefull!). Time consuming, but thourogh. If you freeze them into a chunk, you could use a food grater. FAST!! and very easy.
You could also use a food proccessor or coffee grinder, but it should be dedicated to this chore. I personally like the "Rock and Chop" that you see on TV. It gets the job done and quick.
The short story is to just get them into bite sized chunks. When you've done that, smear the paste that you've made onto wax paper or plastic wrap and freeze. The thinner you can get the paste onto the plastic, the easier it'll be to break off when you want to feed.
FWIW, I find that a good flake, like Omega1, is fine for a staple feed that is enriched with frozen foods. As I'm sure you've found, some of those ungratefull critters won't eat flakes, though. As with human food, the more buy at a pop the cheaper it'll be, so you may want to consider that.
There are *several* excellent recipes on the Krib for DIY frozen food mixes. I'll give the link in a new post.