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Old 01-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #76
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I was sold on the foods when Rachel raved about them and decided to sell them. Now, if only I can get my ferts so that I can get my tank started and come get my fish and shrimp from you, Rachel!!
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #77
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Keep me posted!
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:00 PM   #78
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Came yesterday and I mixed a small batch of the meat pie and the soilent green. The meat pie seemed to mix up smoother. The green seemed to mix up grainy and wouldn't stick to the slate well. Let one set overnight and the green came off the slate 30 seconds after hitting the tank. The meat pie stuck to the same piece of slate.

I heated the water to boiling, measured the water into a small bowl, put the water into the microwave to hit boiling again and then added that to the dry power.

The stuff is very fast setting so there's not much mixing time to get that completely finished.

I might try the other way instead, mix with cold water and then microwave.
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:09 PM   #79
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I have found that if the container you mix in (if boiling first) is not cold, you have more time to work with the gel.

When I use the microwave, I don't like the amount of time to manipulate the food. I simply boil the water on the stove, pour it into a container that is not cold, whisk in the powder, then use it on whatever feeding implement I am using.

Ceramic tiles work great (use the side that is textured for the grout, not the smooth side).
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:07 PM   #80
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I think part of my issue was caused by the small amount I mixed up at one time. With the low volume of water the temp could drop so rapidly that it didn't have enough time to react. I don't really need to mix a cup of food at one time.

Next time I'll try it the same way but have the small mixing bowl is a hot water bath.

I had a good size piece of the meat pie fall off the slate. The rest of the evening the fish were playing meat pie hockey in the tank. lol

That pouch package it great. I've never seen one with the rounded corner bottom seal like that. I wish the companies that pack single use chemical test kit reagents would pick up on that idea. No corners to have stuff get stuck in.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:26 PM   #81
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Hello Fresh.

Yeah, whey you are working with tiny volumes, the water cools super fast. I would suggest you make a one cup size batch and then refrigerate what you will use in a couple weeks and freeze the rest. You can always reheat it to melt it onto a new tile later if you like.

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Old 01-30-2012, 06:36 PM   #82
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I'll do that.

Not knowing what to expect I only started with 1 tablespoon of powder. That's 25% of the amount suggested on the package. 3 tbsp of water won't hold it's heat long.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:42 PM   #83
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Are there new links for the products. The hyperlinks in that thread are dead.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/in...ow-vendor.html
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:48 PM   #84
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as far as the link to repashy's home site? Can you not see the product information?
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:01 PM   #85
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No I see it all. Maybe that wasn't meant to be a hyper link in each of the product descriptions and the board software just made it one?

I don't need anything else from it but it might be better to edit it out than have it seem like a link.
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #86
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ok, will do
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:48 PM   #87
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How quickly does this food break up and spoil in the water?
Also what would the texture be like if I were to leave it in the pot i mixed it in and come back an hour or 2 later to move it into a plastic container to store in the freezer?
Lastly i think i read somewhere that the processed food can be stored up to a week at room temp? I feel like i probably misread that somewhere but was just wondering
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:30 PM   #88
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How quickly does this food break up and spoil in the water?
Also what would the texture be like if I were to leave it in the pot i mixed it in and come back an hour or 2 later to move it into a plastic container to store in the freezer?
Lastly i think i read somewhere that the processed food can be stored up to a week at room temp? I feel like i probably misread that somewhere but was just wondering
I have left it as long as 4 days in my tank, granted, I use sponges so there is not a lot of disruption. That was an intentional test to just SEE how long. Manufacturer says a day or two. I did not have any change in parameters and no fungus, even after 4 days. Generally, unless intentionally overfeeding, the fish eat all the food within a day.

The gel food is very easy to work with. When I mix it in a container, it pops right out once cool. I would think you wouldn't ahve issues if you used a spatula to pop it out as its pretty non-stick.

I have not said its fine at room temperature, and haven't noticed that said. Its recommended to refrigerate it after cooling, or freeze it. At room temperature, it seems to dehydrate after a day or so (yes, I tried that too).
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:52 PM   #89
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These would probably make good molds for the food...



http://www.amazon.com/Cubette-Mini-I.../dp/B000I1ZXIK

Can anyone feeding this to their shrimp chime in on how it's working for you?
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:03 AM   #90
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well, you probably mean other than me, but i will chime in anyway! LOL

I like it because it doesn't fall apart, meaning it doesn't end up in the substrate which can lead to planaria. Its really easy to feed it in a dish, to keep things cleaner as well.

The shrimp diet is very high in carotenoids and they really tear into it.
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