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Old 01-18-2012, 01:12 AM   #46
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Have you tried this with dario dario? Or with others that are considered "live food only"? I'm thinking gel in the fridge would go over much better in my house than worms in the fridge. . .
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:13 AM   #47
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I put some in last night, and its gone. I didnot have the foresight to check them out to see them feeding on it.

I can say, my typical prey driven small fish, i.e. Rhinogobious zhoui and pygmy sunfish are being real jerks about not trying it out.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:37 AM   #48
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They have those "betta logs" or whatever they are, I bet you could easily coat the bottom of those.

Man, I have one of those, now I am going to have to try it!
Take pics!
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:39 AM   #49
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Lol, I'm picturing you frowning sternly into the tank saying "if someone cooks it for you, you should at least try it!" (doesn't work with my kids, hope you have better luck!)
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:40 AM   #50
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LOL

Its very much like that!

The zhoui still just give me the finger Sort of like having belligerant teenagers (which I also have)
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:47 AM   #51
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Can you paint after the mixture turned into gel or do you have to do it before it hardens?
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:16 AM   #52
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Have you tried this with dario dario? Or with others that are considered "live food only"? I'm thinking gel in the fridge would go over much better in my house than worms in the fridge. . .
I don't have Dario Dario, but I was amazed that my sunfish pick at it and eat it. Up until this food they would ONLY eat live worms and occasionally they would snobbishly agree to some frozen bloodworms, but they will eat the meat pie and pick at the shrimp souffle. I was quite impressed. My breeding Peacock gudgeons will eat flake if they have to but they prefer live food and they also eat this stuff up. I don't know that it will work on every predatory fish, but I thought I would add in that experience. =)
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Can you paint after the mixture turned into gel or do you have to do it before it hardens?
No, it would n eed to be done before it hardens.
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Old 01-18-2012, 02:26 PM   #54
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Thanks, ashes2ashes, that's good to know. It opens up my stocking options.

I was also thinking about the floating idea. Plastic needlework grid floats (the kind people use for moss walls). You could cut some squares of the size you needed, put them in the bottom of a casserole dish, and pour the gel over them. Maybe if you got the thickness of the gel right, the plastic would keep it afloat, and when the fish were finished you'd reuse the grids.
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Old 01-26-2012, 01:09 AM   #55
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Hi Rachel,

I got my food today... I made a batch of the food. I have some questions:

- Does it stays jelly like all the time until it is frozen for storage?
- Or does it dry/harden after the batch is made?

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it stays that firm, gel like consistency until frozen.

Some people ahve baked it in low temps in teh oven to dry it out further, but i have not tried that.
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It should be firmer than typical jelly, you should be able to pick it up without it bouncing around, or anything squishing of falling apart. If it is soft like jello, you probably used too much water, or didn't get it hot enough. it should almost bounce. If the water wasn't near boiling, you can just reheat it and try again since the gel is "thermo reversible"

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It should be firmer than typical jelly, you should be able to pick it up without it bouncing around, or anything squishing of falling apart. If it is soft like jello, you probably used too much water, or didn't get it hot enough. it should almost bounce. If the water wasn't near boiling, you can just reheat it and try again since the gel is "thermo reversible"

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I might have not heated the water hot enough. It was like a soft jello and not as firm. Anyway, I froze the batch and it works fine. My fish and shrimp love it!
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Anyone have any leads on where to get a mold or something to pour this into if making cubes to freeze?

Maybe something along the lines of the cube tray things that frozen fish food comes in?
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he finished gel can be cut into cubes, shredded, or used as a whole slab. Whatever is not used immediately should be treated as fresh food. It can be stored sealed in refrigerator for up to two weeks, and in freezer for up to six months. To adjust firmness of gel, use more or less water as desired.
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My plan is to cut them into serving sizes, keep them separated, freeze until solid and then bag them.
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