Meal Replacement Gel for Aufwuchs Feeding Species of Fish.
This fresh and saltwater formula is labeled for "aufwuchs" eaters. Aufwuchs is a combination of green algae, diatoms, and small plants, along with tiny organisms such as insect larvae, crustaceans, rotifers, protozoans, and snails that live with them on the surface of hard substrates such as rocks. Many species of fish such as Mbuna cichlids, various plecos and gobies are specialized to feed on aufwuchs by scraping hard surfaces for whatever nutrients they can find. These species do eat a lot of low-caloric algae, but it is the small meaty treats that they relish and what really makes them grow and thrive. Soilent Green is a no-expense-spared blend of algae (25% of formula), combined with the highest quality whole aquatic animal ingredients, to provide a perfect balance of plant and animal proteins. Soilent Green is perfect for more herbivorous fish.
Makes up to 1 cup of finished gel per ounce of premix. Great for Omnivorous Fish. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. Freeze for up to 6 months! Made in USA.
Available in 2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz and 64 oz sizes.
After a year of using this as my primary food for Malawis, Vics, and Tangs, I can say I'm sold on Repashy foods. I used the community and scavenger formulas as well, but the Soilent Green will be my all-around staple now. I mix up about 2 weeks worth at a time and keep it in the fridge. It takes the same time and effort as making sugar water for my hummingbird feeders, which is to say, simple. PROS: --There are several excellent foods out there, and this is as good as any. --Now look at the price; not in dry form, but in prepared form. You can't beat that value! --Highly digestible. I saw a huge decrease in fish waste when switching from pelleted food. --Direct, more effective way to medicate a sick fish by mixing into food. --Being able to let fry graze away for hours, no crumbling or powdering needed.
CONS: --You have to make it. Not an issue for me, but some don't want to bother. And it does stink. --It can be messy at feeding time, with big messy eaters. --Most of my fish took right to it, my Cyprichromis had to learn it was food. I had to smoosh it up into smaller pieces for them.
SUGGESTIONS: --Don't cook the food in the microwave, or you'll be smelling it for days! Just boil water, then add to powder in a bowl. --Mix it a little "drier". Pack the powder when measuring (like you would with flour) and reduce the water a tad. I find it makes it less messy in the tank. --Allow it to cool without a lid on to
"This is the best food on the market for obligate grazers."
I have had unprecedented success importing and maintaining grazers by utilizing this diet. I have had spawns from Otocinclus cocama, as well as vittatus, and have been able to maintain colonies of hundreds of nerite shrimp because of this diet. It is also invaluable for keeping and maintaining Stiphodon species, which previously I had been unable to supplement without difficult high flow algae cultures. The versatility of delivery, as well as the palatibility makes it a diet that is well worth the effort. I generally paint it onto wood or rock for my grazers, or cube it for my omnivorous plecos. I use it as a supplement for many species and a staple for those who are specialized algae or aufwuchs feeders. From fry to adults, it has helped with overall health, spawning behavior, and fry rearing for these often difficult species.
I have been using it for Tropheus, Pseudotropheus, and Ancistrus species, with great success. They can graze small amounts over longer periods, reducing the risk of bloat due to gluttony and higher protein and lower fiber levels. The fish condition well on it and are really attracted to it from the very first feeding.
I was a little unsure that the formulas would work for all of the different types of fish that I keep, but to date, the only thing I haven't been able to get to eat it is Seahorses and a stubborn angler fish. Everything else is thriving!
I have a yellow tang that had fin erosion, despite a varied diet including NLS pellets and flake, along with fresh seaweed, mysis, and dried nori. His fin started to grow back within a week of starting him on a cube of this and the invert formula every other day. I wish I had taken pictures, I just honestly didn't expect such a drastic change!
I am very happy with this food, both the way the fish eat it and how they are thriving on it.
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