Fishkeeping Tips 12: Feeding Beefheart




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      For achieving maximum growth, large size and quality overall health, beefheart brings dramatic
     results- improved size and color- in a relatively short period of time. Eagerly eaten by most fish,
     it is fed no more than 3xs per week to those fish that benefit from a rich, high protein
     supplement to their diet, such as the Swords, Jenynsia, and some of the Goodeids. This is also fed
     to fry, and any uneaten food is removed within a couple hours. It is not fed, for example, to some
     of the catfishes, the Ameca splendens, or the Tangyanikan cichlids that prefer and require a lower
     protein, higher vegetable based diet.

     In the past, beefheart has been used for discus and various cichlids, and I had found it routinely
     available. Recently I was in Seattle, and visited GeilerAquatics after seeing his fish at the
     Aquarium Coop fish store in Edmonds, Washington. His red swords were HUGE! He does many
     things with his fish, but feels that his feeding the beefheart is the single biggest practice he
     follows that would explain the success he is having. This is the same way he prepares his beefheart.
     Thanks to Jay and Carol Geiler for reintroducing an excellent and easy to supply fish food!



   Step 1: Find some beefheart

   Beefheart is available routinely at many
   grocery stores, but can always be ordered
   from the grocer. We received 8 packages,
   each 1/2 heart, for $22.50. What isn't used
   immediately is then frozen.



   Step 2: Trim off fat and thick outer skin

    The heart has a fair amount of fat, and a thick
    outer covering that must be entirely sliced away.


          Step 3: Cut into cubes

    To best way to be broken down in the food
    processor. I have found that after cutting
    up the heart, when stored in the refrigerator
    it begins to deteriorate and turn grey after
    about 24-36 hours.


         Step 4: Chop into paste

    Chop up the beefheart cubes into a thick, slightly
    rough paste. Particles must not be too large such
    that a portion goes uneaten, but not so fine that
    it will cloud the water or be washed away when it
    is rinsed.


   Step 5: Rinse, Wait, Then Rinse Again

    A most important step. Thoroughly rinse
    small dollops of the beefheart through a
    brine shrimp net until cool water runs clear.
    After rinsing entire batch, go back and
    rinse again. A fair amount of fluid will
    settle out after the 1st rinse.


     Step 6: Freeze into ice cubes

    Place small amounts of paste into ice cube
    trays. Add clean aquarium water to make
    single beefheart ice cube feedings. Store
    in freezer bags.


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