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Repashy Soilent Green

It’s been about a week since I last updated this blog, and not more than three days since my order of Repashy soilent green was shipped to me from CanadaPleco but it’s here! I was really surprised to find it in the mailbox already, especially since it was shipped via snail mail at the lowest rate possible.

I’ve been really excited to try this product because there’s been some serious buzz about it on the forum and now it’s my turn to give a small review. I’ll start off with a list of pros and cons about this.

What I like about Soilent Green

• Don’t have to worry about my fish getting proper nutrition

You wont need to worry about cooking gel food any longer and worrying about your fish getting it’s nutritional requirements. This product is premixed to meet those requirements.

• Easy to prepare

It seriously takes you two minutes to prepare it. And approximately three hours to chill, but it does congeal rather quickly and well for a product that doesn’t use gelatine.

• Easy storage

A tupperware container doesn’t take up too much space in the fridge or the freezer, and the size of the bag of premixed powder lays flat making it space efficient and out of the way in your kitchen.

• Resealable package

For freshness sake, I really like resealable bags and containers and Soilent Green has taken advantage of this too. Also for the fact that I’m clumsy, I know that if I knock this bag over it wont pour all over the floor (as long as I keep it sealed).

• Can be stored for long periods of time

Keeping your gel food frozen, it can be stored for up to two years!! The uncooked powder as long as it’s chilled can last a year on it’s own before it expires as well!

• Doesn’t make mango floaty

We all worry about the food we feed our fish making him gassy. Mango has always had a problem with gas and air gulping. This food doesn’t aggravate this problem!

• Doesn’t have unnatural, non aquatic ingredients

It doesn’t use animal products like animal hooves found in gelatine. This is a relief because if I can help it, I would rather not feed Mango something that he wouldn’t be able to eat in his natural environment. I feel that this is very important for his well being.

• Mango likes the taste

He gobbled it up and there was nothing left of that square within a couple minutes of dropping it in his tank. (this is probably the most important point of all!)

What I seriously don’t like about Soilent Green

• It stinks something fierce!!!!!!!

My first impressions on the product honestly had to do with the smell. I’m not going to sugar coat it, but it smells horrible. Not only does it smell horrible but the smell is hard to remove from the kitchen.

Putting the smell aside though, if you can stomach it, there are so many benefits to feeding your fish this product that the small con can actually be overlooked.

It’s really easy to prepare:

add one tablespoon of Soilent Green powder into a microwavable bowl.

add three tablespoons of filtered or spring water to the bowl.

mix well.

place it in the microwave and heat it until the mixture boils & mix well.

chill it for 3 hours.

from here you honestly just have to cut it into pieces and serve or store. You can store the powder for a year chilled or two years frozen so it’ll last you a long time and the package is resealable!

I can’t stress enough how great this product truly is. But don’t take my word for it, take Mango’s.

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Today I’m rather happy to announce I have ordered a new arsenal of nutritious and high quality food for Mango! I’ve finally gotten my hands on the holy grail of goldfish food: ProGold! I’ve also taken the liberty of ordering Repashy Soilent Green which is a gel food that has gotten some really great reviews from a lot of goldfish owners and it’s nice not to have to worry about the amount of nutrition Mango is getting. I will write about the foods when I get them!

It’s vital that a growing juvenile goldfish gets proper nutrition while it is young. Nutrition from an early age greatly affects the size and health of an adult. As most of you know, goldfish are omnivores. They require vegetable matter and protein to keep a strong immune system and maintain their overall health.

To give a bit of background of things you may want to feed your fish I’ll briefly touch base on some basics for beginners. If you haven’t already picked up a high quality sinking pellet, two of the best brands you can get is ProGold and Saki Hikari. Do not feed your goldfish flakes. They don’t carry enough nutrition. Flakes also cause floating problems due to the fact that your goldfish swims to the surface and gulps air as it eats. Make sure that you pre soak your pellets before adding it to the tank as pellets do expand considerably and can also cause floating issues. You’ll want your pellets to become your staple food and build up from there.

Goldfish also need vegetable matter. You’ll want to feed them colourful vegetables with much nutrition and fibre. Spinach is a great vegetable you can attach onto a clip. Other things you may want to consider feeding your fish would be cucumber, zucchini, carrot, peas, broccoli (sparingly because it causes gas), and bell pepper.

As with all vegetables they will need to be softened in order for your fish to be able to eat pieces of it. Blanche your food. Cook it in boiling water for 30-40 seconds and then shock it in cold water. This will considerably soften your food without cooking out too much of the beneficial nutrition. Big leafy items can be put on a food clip which can be purchased at any pet store that carries aquarium supplies. Tougher vegetables can be cut into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

Peas have to be prepared different. This is one of the best super foods you can have in your arsenal. Peas work like laxatives for fish. They will help prevent floating issues and are nutritious. Do not feed your fish peas with a high salt content. Buy your peas frozen. To prepare these I generally de-shell the pea and chop finely into bite sized pieces in the tank. Do feed these to your fish once a week.

Aside from this you can also cook custom food for your goldfish. There are plenty of gel food recipies you can try on koko’s goldfish forum. A lot of aquarists like cooking gel food because they have control of the ingredients put into their tanks. There will be little to no preservatives or fillers which can harm your fish. All recipes will need adjusting to your fish’s individual needs but once you complete that process the benefits are worth the trouble. Gel food can be frozen and stored up to a year. Only thaw out a three day supply of food in the fridge otherwise it will spoil.

With all this in mind I have created what I feel is an effective feeding schedule that will guarantee seeing some growth for a young fish. Keep in mind it’s better to have a higher protein ratio for growing fish. Since Mango is still a baby this is his feeding schedule. He gets 2 or 4 feedings a day depending on my availability at home.

Monday
pellets & gel food

Tuesday
pellets & vegetable

Wednesday
pellets & peas

Thursday
pellets & gel food

Friday
pellets & vegetable

Saturday
pellets & gel food

Sunday
pellets & vegetable

So to end off this entry I’d like to leave you all with two small videos of Mango to enjoy. The first is an old one I recorded of him enjoying my home cooked gel food. The second video just kind of shows the small amount of growth he’s made. I’m going to invest in a scale to weigh him. Until then I’ll keep enjoying his incredibly cute antics!