Lockdown Special: 5 Easy Homemade Fish Food Recipes

Coronavirus outbreak has taken a toll on our lives. It is highly important to stay inside to remain safe. While the government has made all the arrangements to fulfill our food supplies, some pet owners are in real trouble at this crucial time. Among them, the most affected are the ones whose pets generally feed on industry feed.

Generally, it is advised to avoid homemade food for the fish. The experts always suggest preferring fish feed from the pet stores over the homemade eatables. But these days, when the pet stores are closed for a long time, aquarists are going out of stock of their fish feed. If you are also one of them and really worried about what you will feed them during this lockdown, the content below will help.

It is very important that your fish get healthy food and remain healthy. Therefore, today we have come up with five super easy homemade food recipes for the fish. You can make them with easily available ingredients and in simple steps. The best part is you can give these to all breeds of fish without any second thoughts.

Here we have shared recipes for herbivorous, omnivorous as well as carnivorous fish. So, if you know what type of food your fish love to eat, it will be easy to prepare the best recipe for them.

Check out the 5 easy recipes below!

Recipe 1- Food for herbivorous and omnivorous fish

Ingredients Required:

  • Garlic powder- 1 tbsp or Peeled Garlic Clove- 1
  • Peas- 500 g
  • Fresh Carrots- 300 g
  • Fresh Spinach- 300 g
  • Fresh Zucchini or Cucumber- 2

How to make:

  1. Cut carrots, spinach, and zucchini or cucumber into small pieces.
  2. Remove the pea pods from the shell.
  3. Boil 500 ml of water and add all the vegetables to the boiling water.
  4. Add garlic powder or the garlic clove.
  5. Let the ingredients simmer and soften in water for about 30-40 minutes. You can add more water is required.
  6. Once the vegetables soften, strain the water and blend the boiled vegetables.
  7. Make a fine pulp in the blender and pour it into ice cube trays.
  8. Once the pulp freezes completely, the homemade fish food is ready.

This recipe does not require any flavoring or oil. Store the freeze vegetable pulp inside the freezer in a container and use it whenever required. It is a perfect delight for your herbivorous and omnivorous fish.

Recipe 2- No Cook Fish Food

Ingredients Required:

  • Peas- 100 g
  • Spinach- 100 g
  • Cucumber- 100 g
  • Shrimp- 100 g
  • Gelatin- 300 g

How to Make:

  1. Chop spinach, cucumber, and shrimp into small pieces.
  2. Remove the pea pods from the shell and add them to the chopped vegetables.
  3. Grind all the vegetables together and make a fine paste.
  4. Add a small amount of water to make a smooth but thick paste.
  5. In a separate bowl, make the gelatin mix as written on the instructions.
  6. Add the vegetable paste to the gelatin and give it a good mix.
  7. Pour this mixture in ice cube trays and let them freeze.

You can use these freeze cubes whenever required. The best thing about this recipe is you don’t have to cook it. Just grind the raw vegetables and mix the pulp with gelatin. It is the best feed for the breeds that love veggies or plant-based food.

Recipe 3- Vegetable and Oats Recipe

Ingredients required:

  • Spinach- 100 g
  • Cucumber- 100 g
  • Peas- 100 g
  • Oats- 100 g
  • Gelatin- 200 g

How to make:

  1. Blanch the chopped vegetables by dipping them for a minute in boiling water and then immediately plunge them in ice-cold water.
  2. Blend the blanched vegetables in a blender and make a fine paste.
  3. Add oats and blend it again.
  4. In a separate bowl, make the gelatin mixture.
  5. Now mix the vegetable paste with the gelatin and freeze in ice cube trays.

You can use these cubes whenever required and feed the fish to make them healthy and happy. Oats is a fiber-rich ingredient and helps fish to remain active. Oatmeal suits almost every fish and provides them with some extra nutrients. So this is a healthy fish recipe that you may try.

Recipe 4- Standard food for all fish

Ingredients required:

  • Garlic powder- 1 tbsp or Peeled Garlic Cloves- 2
  • Spinach- 100 g
  • Broccoli florets- 100 g
  • Cauliflower- 100 g
  • Carrots- 100 g
  • Pea- 100 g
  • Gelatin mix- 200 g
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Seafood (if available)- 100 g
  • Fish vitamins – 1 drop

How to make:

  1. Chop all the vegetables finely and bring them to boil in 1 cup of water.
  2. Once properly boiled, allow them to cool.
  3. Blend all the vegetables to make a fine paste.
  4. Add seafood and garlic powder or cloves and blend again.
  5. Make gelatin mixture in a separate bowl as per the instructions written on the packet.
  6. Now mix vegetable paste, seafood and garlic powder paste with gelatin.
  7. Add a drop of fish vitamin and give it a good mix.
  8. Transfer the mixture in ice cube trays and freeze them.

You can use these ice cubes to feed the fish anytime. It is a standard fish feed that is loaded with almost every nutrient and minerals that fish require to remain healthy.

Recipe 5- Protein Rich Recipe

Ingredients required:

  • Salmon- 200 g
  • Raw shrimp- 1000 g
  • Peas- 200 g
  • Spinach- 400 g
  • Carrot- 200 g
  • Garlic Cloves- 2
  • Gelatin- 500 g

How to make:

  1. Chop all the vegetables finely and mix them with salmon and raw shrimp.
  2. Now blend the entire content and make a smooth paste.
  3. Make gelatin mixture in a separate bowl and add the paste into it.
  4. Put a pan over the flame and cook the entire mixture for about 30 to 40 minutes in low flame.
  5. Once the food cooks completely, allow it to cool for some time.
  6. Transfer the cooled mixture in ice cube trays and let them freeze.

This is a high protein diet that is perfect for the fish. This recipe has all protein-rich ingredients which make the feed high in protein. You can store these ice cubes in the freezer for a long time and give them to your fish whenever required.

How to store homemade fish food?

Once you prepare these homemade fish food, you have to freeze them. They can be stored in a frozen state for a long time. It is advised to transfer them in an airtight container and use it as per the requirement. If you follow all the cooking instructions and store the homemade food properly, they may last for a year as well.

How about giving human food to the fish?

Even if you are stuck at home due to lockdown, do not think about giving any random food to your fish. Even if a small piece of human food, say, chips or any other oily food enters the tank; it can alter the water chemistry and change the pH.

However, you can give the ingredients that are used to make fish food like boiled peas, boiled carrot slices, or cauliflower and broccoli. You can feed boiled meat pieces if your tank has carnivorous fish like betta. For omnivorous fish like goldfish, you can use a combination of vegetables and seafood and a small amount of meat.

In a nutshell, you can give fresh and raw food products to your fish and food that do not contain oil and spices. Apart from deteriorating the water’s quality, oily and spicy food will also deteriorate the fish’s health and make them sick.

So, do not panic if you are going out of your fish feed during this lockdown. Even if the pet stores are closed, you can make your own homemade fish food and give them to your fish in their normal feeding schedule. Before preparing homemade, it is better to know what type of food your fish like to eat. It will help you make the best feed, which in turn makes your fish happy and healthy.

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