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    Color Enhanced Homemade Fish Food

    Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by NotoriousSway, Dec 8, 2008.

    1. NotoriousSway

      NotoriousSway Feeder Fish

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      I have mentioned this to a couple of people and thought I would post it. A couple years ago I was trying to bring out the orange in my Aul. Maleri Island fry and decided to make my own food. The food was not complicated at all, all I did was take my regular fish food flakes and mix a little water and a lot of paprika and crushed red pepper because I had read this could be used to bring out the red. I put this in a siringe and extruded it out and let dry, for a end result of fish food sticks. Well after a couple weeks you can see the results below...

      These are 2"+ fry
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      For comparison here is their bright yellow Aulonocara sp. "Stuartgranti Maleri" father.
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      wow. lets see some before and after on the babys too :)
       
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      Sorry I don't have any before and after and they were sold soon after this pic was taken. Like I said this was a couple years ago and this is just a random pic I took, I never planned on making a thread out of it. It was even before I was a member here. Sorry this is far from scientific standards, this was done back when I was a noob.
       
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      oh ok, still looks good tho
       
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      I wonder if there are any long term effects of using the pepper and paprika in the food. Might be worth a try on some of my german red fry.
       
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      It can turn your water reddish brown if you are using high amounts like I did but if you keep up with water changes it shouldn't be a problem. I don't know about red pepper but I know some people use paprika in their homemade foods, I remember someone said it had niacin in it.
       
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      Sounds good. I'm gonna give it a try. Thanks
       
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      Some RTC owners will coat food like market shrimp in paprika to color up the tail.
       
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      One of those turkey flavor injectors would work great for that.
       
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      I have heard that some fish food companies use it too
       

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