Dunno if this should be posted in the fish section, but it's DIY food so...
Long post, lots of questions. Sorry in advance yadda yadda...
I wanna make my own batch of fish food for the first time. I want this food to be nutritious, delicious, and also enhance the colors of my critters. I know there are lots of excellent foods already on the market but I like doing things myself, and usually the hard way haha. Currently I have guppies, a new pair of "orange flash" apistos, and red rili shrimp. I want this food to be able to be fed to all of my tanks, so I'm looking for a formula that will be acceptable by each species standards.
I plan on making a gel food and freezing it.
-I have some freeze dried bloodworms and daphnia that I will throw in the mix for protein as well as freeze dried shrimp or krill, whichever I find.
-I was planning on using spinach for vegetable matter but I read an article that suggested using marine plants instead as a fish's digestive system is more adapted to eating aquatic vegetation than terrestrial vegetation. I can order seaweed or algae in sheets pretty easily, but does anyone have any thoughts as to terrestrial vs aquatic plants for feeding?
-I want to put in a few green peas and some cloves of garlic for immune support.
-For color enhancers I was going to use spirulina and astaxanthin powder. I've been thinking about adding yellow and orange foods to the mix as well, but will this just be overkill? I understand spirulina is for blue/green and astaxanthin is for red, but does it work for orange and yellow as well? If not I'm thinking 1 orange and 1 yellow bell pepper, or maybe a yellow bell and some pumpkin. Anything else for blue/green coloring?
-Any leftover food I have will be tossed in as well. This could be anything from tetra color crisps to brine shrimp pellets to crab cuisine to sinking algae wafers.
-Any thoughts on vitamin additives? I know there are several available, but do I need them?
-Grind it up, mix with agar agar, you know the drill.
That's about it really. Mostly I'm curious if y'all think this will be a good recipe for nutrition, growth, and color for fish as well as shrimp. Suggest and comment away!