Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More
DIY Reef Chili: Make your own saltwater fish food! How to make frozen fish and coral foods. | BRStv

DIY Reef Chili: Make your own saltwater fish food! How to make frozen fish and coral foods. | BRStv


– All right, today on BRSTV, we’re doing something
that has been called for, for a very long time, and
we’re making Frozen Reef Chili. This is cool ’cause we did the DIY 101 version on how to make your own fish food, and now we’ve got in the supplies that we have a recipe. – Mhm, so I was thinking that we would just do a generic
old do-it-yourself recipe, but really, why not bring
it back to the roots here, and show you the recipe
for making reef chili, there was a frozen version, for those of you that don’t know, that is what started it all. I was making some frozen
food in my basement, and, turned out, a bunch of
the club wanted to buy some, so I sold it to the club, and then eBay, and then, I don’t know, now
I stand before you here, 15 years later, or maybe
13, something like that. So, Frozen Reef Chili, that’s what it is, and one of the things you’ll note is this is not the exact same recipe as it was all those years ago, because, it’s chili,
man, you can put like, really, anything in it. – I could throw my different beans, different colored beans I want in there, I can throw meat, I can
throw non-meat, whatever, so it’s kinda like put this as a guide, this is a guide to get
you to really awesome DIY fish food reef chili,
and then spice it up, make it your own. – Yeah, so here’s the thing,
you cannot mess this up. Like if you use a little
bit more of the scallops than somebody else,
it’s not gonna go awry. – Nah. – You can leave some of these things out ’cause, to be honest, man,
buying all of this stuff can get kind of expensive,
so just keep the things, maybe you got some of this stuff on hand, maybe you don’t, but you’ll understand why each one of these things
is in here by the end, and just make some informed decisions based on your budget and whatnot, but you cannot really mess this whole thing up for the most part. Follow the rough guidelines here, and you could make a chili that is made specific for your tank. So one of the things here is
there’s about four recipes that we’re gonna share today. – Yeah, we’ve got like
a fish-only type blend, which is just your primary proteins, and we’ve got some edition
of herbivore type fish, herbivorous type fish, and we got those fish
with the small mouth, those really high energy fish, and then we’ve got some
supplements for that, and then add in some coral stuff, too. – Oh, we also have a little
bit in there for small fish, so there’s actually like five of these different recipes that
we’re gonna make for ya. All right, so why would
anybody do this, man? Because it’s a lot of work to
make your own food at home. – Yeah, but there’s gotta be some nutritional benefits to the
different types of food, and the different ways you feed your pets. – This is nutrition, it’s
also cool, this is a hobby, an extension of it,
making your own fish food, no matter how you cut it,
it is cool for your hobby. – Oh, yeah. – But, it really is about
providing a proper nutrition, and trying to evolve the way
that we approach everything, and get at least more
natalities as possible, longevity in life for the fish, getting maximum coloration of
the fish, all of those things. That is what we’re shooting for, same thing that you’d get out of our pets, when I was young, I used
to feed the cheapest pet food possible and I would tell ya, I didn’t know any better. And so that was actually the criteria, I picked up this guy
yesterday, and it was 2.99, cheapest food I could
find at the grocery store, that was the only reason
I picked it off the shelf. First ingredient, whole ground corn, second ingredient, soy bean meal, third ingredient, wheat middlings. This will definitely provide energy, there’s also sources of protein in here, like a cat probably lives
a long time on this food. However, I also picked up
this guy, this was $20, and the first ingredient
is de-boned chicken, second ingredient, chicken meal. This thing is poultry. It’s made similar to the diet that this cat like evolved around, and its digestive tract,
and so, presumably, it is healthier for the cat. Can’t say that for 100% sure, it’s 100% grain-free,
makes a lot of sense. – I mean, this offerings are kinda similar in the fish food type too,
where you have a cheap option, you have like a hard
nutrition, dense pellet food, and then, my friends, they
fed raw food to their dogs, and that was like the next evolution rather than going any buying dog food, they actually prepared food for their dogs using real chicken, real animal byproduct. – So I had a place called
Woody’s around my corner, and I ended up feeding my cat just blended up rabbit,
chicken and whatnot, and anecdotally I will tell you that, I mean, it looked healthier is one thing, but his coat was shinier,
he didn’t shed as much, and he had like maybe a third of the poos, and they didn’t stink. – Oh, yeah. – So those are like all anecdotal, but if you’re eating
the same volume of food, but pooing 2/3 less, I would say that, you’re probably utilizing
that food a lot better, and it’s made for his digestive tract, totally anecdotally, but I also tell you that every single vet out there, if you gave ’em one of those options, there’s probably one at the
top that they would pick, and the one at the bottom. So, it’s anecdotal, it’s
mixed with the veterinarians advice as well, in the end, you just pick the thing that
you believe the most in, and fits inside of a reasonable budget. In the case, actually, that raw food is actually the cheapest. – Oh, yeah? – Yeah, because I could just go there, and I could get little tubs of it and it was down the street from me, it wasn’t at a big-box pet store, it was like a little store
that was made just for this. In this case, you could actually make this the cheapest too, if you wanted to, you just buy some seafood and chop it up, it is now the cheapest,
and, arguably, the best. So it’s just a fun, fun project, that you can put together a
whole bunch of different things, hopefully increase the
health of your pets, I know you might not think of your pets, some of you, a fish as a pet, but after you had ’em
five years, you will, 10 years, for sure, and once you hit 15, you’re like, man, this thing
could live till 30, right? This is a pet, it’s got a name, it’s got a personality,
follows the glass with you, and I think a big difference between whether or not they make it five, and miraculously just
disappear, or they live to 30, is the amount of
nutrition you put in them. – Mhm, something to do with our food, yep. – All right, so in that spirit, there’s like three or so types of food that we commonly feed in our aquariums. And so, starting with a pellet food, and this is actually one of my favorite types of pellet food right here, with the TDO, first
ingredient’s a krill meal, fish meal, squid meal, and it
is a seafood-based type food, it has proper packaging and whatnot, they’re keeping all the moisture out. And, one of the things that
it separates itself from, is if you look at some
of the cheaper food, they’re, again, like grains and stuff that our fish just don’t eat, and most of these have some type of grain, or wheat, somewhere listed in there. – Binder type. – Binder holds all the stuff together. But, if that’s the primary ingredient, I think maybe we were
prioritizing the cheap, possibly, and like this lasts forever, so the 10 bucks, or whatever it is, I don’t need to save a dollar a month if I think it’s better. So the next one is like frozen food. – Yeah, and this is one that
I’ve always fed my own fish, I buy the blister packs of brine shrimp, or mysis shrimp, kinda mix it
together in my own concoction, and then feed it to my tank, so I mean, it’s easy in that I can pop open a couple of these blister packs, I know two cubes a day
does the trick for my tank. So, brine shrimp though,
really nutritionally empty, not empty-empty, but not
super high in nutrition, so they gut-load it, meaning they feed the brine shrimp something, so you’re not even really
feeding them brine shrimp, you’re feeding them whatever they fed to the brine shrimp prior. Mysis, higher fat and energy content, but it’s also just kinda
still like a singular food, so some people will like
buy a whole array of food, and you get squid pellets- – Mix and match. – Clam on the half-shell, and
all kinds of different things, and they mix and match, mix with pellets. – So, I mean, it’s like
we don’t eat the same egg meal every single
day, three times a day, for all the meals, we like to diversify, and that’s where I really
like the DIY option is ’cause it’s, you pick and
choose what you want in here, and it’s just a wide array
of different food options. – Yeah, so we don’t know
exactly what each one of these fish needs to survive, right, but I do know that many of these food are very nutritionally pretty narrow, right? And they definitely have protein, and they definitely have fat, but if I don’t get vitamin
K, I love my eyesight, and so there are types of things for the fish that you just don’t know, so having a variety of food
really changes all of that. Especially, if you can make
them even more nutrient-dense. – You’re right.
– Right. Specifically for high energy
fish, like antheas or whatnot, they’re swimming around all day long, but you only feed once. And so, like for a fish like
that, super high density. So we also have options like this. – It’s pretty much basically
what we’re doing today, but it’s already done for us, and I can just buy it like
that, already prepared. – So I’m gonna let you try to read those tiny little words, so
what does this come with. – Yeah, this is Reef Riot from Hikari, and it’s oyster, scallop, krill, Canadian mysis shrimp, ocean
plankton, brine shrimp, shrimp, squid, cyclopods, red shrimp, and then a bunch of vitamins
and other types of supplements. – So this is Reef Carnivore from Hikari, so this is like a mix of all those things, and it’s highly likely that you’re going to get a variety of nutritional elements in here when you feed it. Same thing with Rod’s Food, and this one’s a little
bit different approach, and so Rod’s Food here has whole shrimp, whole squid, whole oyster, whole clam, whole octopus, perch, scallops, shrimp, fish eggs, green seaweed,
certified raw red seaweed, broccoli, carrot, mini
pellets, baby brine shrimp, rotifers, beta carotene, garlic, omega-3 fatty acids, and
astaxanthin, did I say that right? – Yeah, astaxanthin. – Yeah, so that’s in here just to add color to the fish,
man, so not just nutrition, but also for your eyes,
you want the fish to look as beautiful as possible. So you can actually see
it when you look at it, it’s filled with all of
those different organisms. And so, this one, 20 bucks, and this one, – Like, three, four bucks.
– Yeah, three, four bucks. Just like the cat food that we looked at, this one, we all know, that will provide for our fish for a pretty
prolonged period of time, this one also 20 bucks, but we know these ones
are a different approach. And so, I’ll just say it, if
you find yourself losing fish, man, you owe it to the
fish to at least try a different diet or a different approach, and so our do-it-yourself
diet is somewhat similar, I think most similar
to this Rod Food here, and you’ll see it as we make it, so let’s get to all the tools
you need to do this project. All right, to get started here, we do need a handful of tools, and the first one’s a blender. – Yeah, this thing is like 30 bucks, and I think, for what it does, obviously you probably don’t wanna use it for anything other than your fish food, but for 30 bucks I can
afford to just have one for my fish food making processes. – So I made the mistake
of using my wife’s blender at one point in time and
I got in big trouble, don’t do that, man, ’cause it stinks. I would call it forever ruined, ’cause it will smell like fish
from this day on till ever, and for 30 bucks, you
can go pick one of these up at Target, or Walmart or whatnot, I would probably just pick this size, the cheapest one has
this size barrel on it. And make sure that it has what we call this like cheese grater attachment on it, ’cause that’s the piece
that you’re gonna use. So that’s the first tool. The second tool is what I call a cleaver, and just a cutting board of any kind. – Yeah, I mean, we’re cutting through like frozen chunks of fish,
and the weight of a cleaver, and just a smack can get right through it, so, I mean, you can get it done
with a regular kitchen knife but just the weight behind a nice cleaver. – So I got this at
Costco for like 10 bucks, don’t go buying an expensive one, get the cheapest thing you can find, ’cause you’re only gonna use
it for your fish probably, and you’re gonna be
whacking the hell out of it. So you get big chunks of frozen squid, and you just need to get through it, you could use like a serrated thing but you’re gonna dull all
your knives trying to do that, don’t use your knives
you have in your house. Just get something cheap
and some weight to it. – And then these big
pans work really well, we’re gonna make a pretty big recipe, so we found that two of
these work really well, but on top of that, we’ve got, because it’s easier to work
with the stuff as it’s frozen, ice is one that you just kinda wanna put a pan of ice underneath this, and as you fill it up
with the frozen stuff, it helps it stay frozen
and easier to work with. – I would also get some spoons, I would get spoons than
we’re sitting here with, but it’s a work environment, we don’t always have
all the tools around so, I would get some spoons ’cause
you’re gonna be mixing it up, just some cheap plastic
spoons, whatever the kind. – And then you need a place to store it, so freezer bags are an option, and you can fill the freezer bag, make sure you get, you found
the thicker the better, because when you open it;
it just starts to rip. – I wanna be able to open it and close, these little slippies are good too, you’re gonna pull it out of the freezer, if you get cheap ones,
the seams bust over time, and it’s just a big pain in the butt, get a decent, I’d say, get the best, thickest one that you can find, even better is a vacuum sealer. – Yeah, I’ve got one of those for a lot- ’cause I buy meat in bulk, and now I can use it for fish
food and stuff, and easy. – Not required, but even better
would be a vacuum sealer, but in this case, just
use one of these guys, you’re gonna fill it up, some people will use
little mini ice trays, and make cubes, and you
can smear it in there, I find that it’s hard to get
the bubbles out of there, but sometimes you can use that. I’ve also seen people
smear it into egg crate to be able to make little cubes, I find I’d just rather
chop it up when it’s done, and make little baggie cubes, but in any case, any
one of those is right. But this is really all
the tools that you need, a blender, some spoons, a
couple of disposable things that you could use, really anything, you could use bowls if you want, the cleaver is like optional, but I’d actually, you know
what, you should just get it, you can find one for 10 bucks,
get the cheapest one you can, and then cheap cutting
board, and then you’re done. Before we get started, we
do have a few tips here, and one is we’re working
with frozen seafood, and it works way better
if you keep it frozen. – It’s just more pliable,
and easier to work with, easier to mix when it’s
not gummy, and not- – It also doesn’t fall apart. So the big thing for me is
I want nice uniform chunks, and it will definitely shred
up into little pieces as well, but if it’s all defrosted, then it just tends to
deteriorate as you mix it. So if you chop it up frozen, it will hold its form factor way better, I’m personally way
happier with the results. So work fast, keep it frozen, that’s why we’ve got ice in here, why the stuff’s all frozen to begin with, and keep it that way. – And then you’re also gonna see, with a different variations, and different recipes that we make today, there are dry portions, there
are wet liquid portions, and it’s just easier
if you get your recipe together and you get
all of the dry portions that you need together, before you start making your fish food, mix all those together so you’re
not doing it individually, it helps you work fast. – Same thing with all the liquid ones, keep the liquid ones, pour ’em together, and keep them in a little bowl, and as soon as you’re
done with this stuff, you can add it altogether. All right, so there are
five different variations of what we’re gonna do today, and we’re gonna work in progression, so you can do this in
whichever way that you want, one of these, you’re gonna
say, ah, this is for my tank. – Yeah, and it all starts with the base, so we have the base of primary proteins, and you could stop right there, you could stop at really
any one of these points, but the primary proteins is
your fish-only type systems. – So the primary proteins that
we’re gonna work with today are equal parts of shrimp,
calamari, scallops, and tuna, so it’s gonna be a 1.5lb of
each one of those things, it’s gonna about fill
one of these things up. We’re also going to add some mysis shrimp, and some krill, these are freeze-dried, and I’ll tell you why they’re
freeze-dried right now, is because when you use
specifically the mysis, I don’t recommend thawing it, and then mixing it in,
and then redoing it, ’cause it tends to just
totally fall apart. And so, one of the benefits
of using the freeze-dried, is we can actually rehydrate it with things like amino acids, and fatty acids, and hoofers, and what not, this is probably now the
most nutritious thing in the whole and the whole food because it’s soaked it all up, and I find if you add
it all right at the end, and mix it up, the freeze-dried
stuff actually works better. So in the last piece of it, is we’re gonna also add some pellets which tend to have some
vitamins and whatnot in it, that is the primary base
of what we’re producing, and all the fish food. – And then you’re gonna, if
you have herbivores fish, they obviously need some
types of algaes and whatnot, so the next one is going to
be the addition of algae. So we have your green, your red, and your purple different algaes, and then we have like algae pellets too. Julian Sprung and Two Little
Fishies have this nice little blend where all of
those algaes, they’re together, and then we add in some pellets,
and then we’re good to go. – Yeah, and then we also
have a fish for our food for smaller fish like some fish eggs, and some calanus, and other things, and then, lastly, what
we’re gonna do is add a bunch of food for the corals, right? And, this one, you’re gonna
hang in there for sure, because there is a reason why
you add this stuff at the end and you may decide whether or
not I really wanna coral food or I just want to fish food
and there’s a good answer, it’s coming up, but so we’re gonna do all this in progression, so
we’re gonna do it like fish food then small fish food and whatnot, and you’re gonna follow on that way, but for you to do it at home, make sure that you do all
of the dry stuff first, the wet stuff second, and then the frozen, and then we’ll add it all at once, and keep it all frozen, and get in the bags a quick as possible. So get ready. But, for us, we’re gonna
start with just the base. – Of primary proteins. – All right, so this is
the primary protein base for our frozen do-it-yourself
reef chili fish food portion, and we’ll just go through them one by one, I’ll start with the frozen shrimp. So this is just normal food grade shrimp, that you would you know buy for yourself, I would get whatever’s on sale, – And make sure that it’s
peeled, and tailless, because no tail means
you can just throw it right in the food processor. – Frozen, it has to be frozen. I mean, doesn’t have to be,
you can work with non-frozen, but I would say you get way, way, way better results with frozen, keep it frozen, no tail,
and already de-veined, and I guess you don’t really
need to de-vein it for this but they come that way, and with no shell. – And we’re doing this
all in equal proportions, so these proteins, the big meaty proteins, the frozen stuff is all
1.5oz for this recipe. – 1.5lbs, actually.
– Pounds, pounds. – So we’ve got tuna fish here, so I’ve got three pieces
that equal about 1.5lbs, I think it might even be
over that a little bit, but again, you cannot mess this up, you’re not gonna ruin
it if you got 1.25lbs, or 1lb, or even if you left
one of these totally out, and you just did the other
three and scaled it up. You could add different things in, you could add shellfish or whatnot, I personally find that shucking shellfish, like clams and stuff, the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze. It’s so much effort that goes into that, and the ones that are already
pre-shucked tend to stink, and it’s just not worth it for me. For you, you could do it, but you really can’t mess up the primary proteins here that much, I don’t really like using salmon, it’s got a little too much
fat in it for me and whatnot, and it tends to mess up the whole thing, but you can use all
kinds of different fish. So we also have- – Yeah, this one might take some sourcing, ’cause it’s not, where I found
it, at the grocery store, it’s really readily available
in my grocery stores, but squid, you can go to specialty markets and find this stuff frozen. This is like two packs it about 1.5lbs. – Yeah, so it’s wild-caught
whole clean squid, tubes and tentacles, the whole thing, and we’re gonna use the
whole thing in here, so I’ve found that you can find packs and stuff at a Costco, I
also found that you can find all of this stuff at Asian grocery stores, in fact, they often have a seafood mix, or a medley or whatnot. Just wanna read the back and make it doesn’t have any weird
chemicals or anything in it, but outside of that, you can find this stuff at various places. But squid is the harder
one, I think, to find. And, again, frozen, important, and this one has a lot of water in there, so you might wanna chop the water off and not put that in. – And then we’ve got scallops, these are pretty easy to find, you can get frozen bags of
it in the grocery store, we found some that we’re
frozen displayed out, so you just get a 1.5lbs of
those, those little tiny guys. – The bay scallop.
– Yeah, the bay scallops. The fish aren’t gonna know any different between these things, and in fact, these are probably better because when it shreds through here, they’ll come in smaller pieces, and so in that case, also
like you’ll often see them in the like case you know
where they’re thawed, if you just ask the guy in the back, say, “Hey, can I get frozen ones”, they will gladly just
sell your frozen ones, rather than to re-thaw more for you. Yeah, so a 1.5lb of all of these, and equal proportions and then we’re gonna add in
freeze-dried mysis shrimp, these are 2oz a piece, so we’re gonna use both
of ’em, so about 4oz, and then these guys right here. – Yeah, about an ounce
1/2 of each of krill, and they’re big, giant, freeze-dried, this is really what’s gonna soak up some of that additional stuff
in some of the future recipes. – Again, original reef chili, I actually did use a thawed out PE mysis, and then re-froze it, but
even the team over there said that that’s probably
not the greatest idea. – Oh, breaks it down. – Yeah, just once you thaw
it, it tends to break up, so, again, I found that when
you use these as a last step, it’ll soak up all of the juices and nutrients that you put in there, and it might be the most
nutritious thing in the whole deal because we’ve fortified it, essentially. But that’s why we use the
freeze-dried stuff for these two. – And then, the last
portion, for the proteins, primary proteins in the base is, we like this TDO Chroma BOOST, these are medium sizes pellets, so commonly sized pellets across what you would normally get. This is a 3oz bag of the
TDO Chroma BOOST medium, and we put the whole 3oz in there. – So it does come in different sizes, so I would pick a pellet size that matches the fish that you’re feeding, large, small, ultra-small,
all that kind of stuff. And, again, this is a food that, the reason we’re selecting it here is because breeders use it, it comes with a high nutrition profile, 46% of it’s protein, 16%
of it is fat in here, and so high nutritional
content, energy content. Also, if you cut this guy open, not only is it a foil lined mylar bag, so it keeps all the oxygen out, and gasses from destroying it, there’s also two moisture packs in there, different types inside of it, so they’re putting a
lot of effort into it, and if you look at your average fish food, they’re not putting that
kind of effort into it. So, when you make something quality, you make something quality to protect it, so you can kinda see in
the packaging, often, the type of effort that goes into it. So that’s why we’re using this one, you could use whatever food you want, but I would recommend this, and I would recommend getting the size that you want for the food as well. – [Randy] So, now, we’re
talking 6lbs of frozen meat, and then also multiple ounces
of freeze-dried and pellets, it’s gonna make a lot of food. – Yeah, it’s probably gonna
make like 7lbs of food so if you’re using 4oz flat packs, whatever, start doing the math here, and realize you’re gonna make a lot. And there’s a reason that
we’re making so much, and it’s because you’re
probably gonna buy a bunch of other stuff to dump in it, and what I’d like to do is make sure you use the whole bottle, instead of use two tablespoons of this, and then what do you do with the rest? So that is it, but you can scale it down, and so you can scale the whole thing down, you can use half of this if you want, you could use a quarter if you want, but better yet, make it with a friend, or for a friend, another reefer, it’s a super awesome thing
to like do with your family, your kids, and get them
gauged in the hobby, I mean, preferably not the cleaver. All the different steps of it, and then you go get to take that creation, and feed you to the fish, I mean, little eyes pop wide open
for the process, and clubs. – Yeah, I mean, what
better club event than they all meet together
in somebody’s house, and make 6, 7lbs of food that everybody can take home multiple bags, probably lasts multiple months too, and, especially, if everybody pitches in to all the stuff that goes into it. – It’s super, super cheap that way, if you can get everybody to
chip in to do the whole thing and it’s, I really, really
love the club events where there was like a project going on, you learn something else, just
hanging out with everybody, but when you have a project, and you come away with something, it’s like, oh, this was a
super use of time, it was fun. So use it a project,
but you are gonna make a lot of food here, 7lbs of food, and it was actually my fault here when I made this the
first time, for myself, is I realized I had like
eight years worth at point, and that’s why I ended up asking the club if anyone wanted to buy, or take it off my hands,
sold it all in 10 minutes, and then, boom. Actually, some of you may
even find the same thing, make some, and then put a little
markup on it for your time, and offer to the club, the
club’s probably super happy that they don’t have to
actually do it themselves, or the members, anyway, and
a fun extension of the hobby. – I mean, you could probably
do this once a year, for some of you, you
might end up doing this once a year for your own tank. – There you go. All right, awesome, so we’ll get to it. All right, step one, again, is make sure everything’s still frozen and then get your tray ready. – Yeah, I’ve got ice in
the bottom of my tray, and a tray on top of it to keep this stuff cold when it’s in here, and as we blend all of this stuff up, you do want the grate attachment, it makes it really slick, and the pieces are about the size of your average fish mouth. – Okay, yeah, so what this is gonna do, is just chop up all of
the little frozen bits into tiny little chunks. If you want smaller
chunks when you’re done, you probably won’t, but if you do, you could actually send the
whole thing through again, if you want, but I think you’ll find that sending it through once is good. And, people have used blenders and stuff, that just turns into a paste for me, and so I don’t use that, but you also use a hand cheese grater, if you don’t wanna buy one of these things but be careful with your hands. And so, all we’re gonna
do is take these guys and pour ’em in, so let’s do it. (mixer whirring) All right, so that’s about 1/3 of it, and we’re gonna go ahead and put the rest of the bag in
here, we’ll chop it all up, and you can just see that it
has made little teeny grains, and we’ll show you what the whole thing looks like in just a second,
when you see it in the tray, but you’re just gonna send
that whole thing through, and then, again, with pieces like this, it obviously won’t fit in there so you’re gonna wanna go
ahead and take your cleaver, and just chop it up, and I know that looks
dangerous, so be careful. But yeah, you just chop it up
into bits, and shove it in, and so, same thing with
your squid and everything, and we’ll just blend it all up, and it’ll turn it into little bits. So when you’re done, you
will have a consistency of a whole bunch of little bits, and this is actually where
you could stop, if you wanted. This would be a super, super cheap- – Fish-only.
– Like do it yourself. Fish-only fish food, and
you could stop right now, and it’d be done, but
we’re gonna plug along and add some other things to it, but you can add spaces to it as you want, but it will look like these
little bits when you’re done, and when it’s in these little strips, it’s super, super easy to freeze, and it’s also super easy to
break off at a later date. All right, when you’re done,
it will look like this, basically, all little shredded bits of the four different types of seafood. We’ve got another tray here, we’ve packed some ice on it
so that we can keep it cold through the whole process, again, keeping it frozen is really gonna produce a better result than anything else. – Oh, yeah, makes it
way easier to mix later. – In case you were wondering, it absolutely does stink
during this process, so you’re chopping up fish
food into little bits, so if you can, man, it’d be
awesome if you did it outside, or whatever, for the
respectful to your household, but it doesn’t matter, it’ll go away. – There’s chunks that fly here and there, so you’ll wanna do some
heavy clean-up afterwards, and that’s where those sanitation wipes really come in pretty well. – All right, and we’ll also say that this is my first time
using that specific squid, and it wasn’t my favorite one, I would say the seafood that I have gotten from Costco has actually been my favorite for all of these applications. So the squid there is like the same as restaurant quality, that I’ve used, when I worked in the restaurant industry, and so, in general, the
seafood coming out of Costco, I’m really, really happy with,
this one wasn’t my favorite, so just keep that in mind,
you’re feeding this to your fish, when you look at it, you say, “Would I wanna eat this?”, and if you do, then probably your fish do too. – Pretty good. (laughing) – So, notice, at this point,
you could just stop right now, we could dump in our
two dry products here, these would soak up a lot of the oils and stuff from the fish, and then we’d dump in our fish food, and we could stop right
now and just call this a really solid, inexpensive fish food, you’ve got enough for a
year or two or whatnot, and probably cheaper than the
stuff you were buying before, and I believe it’s gonna be a better source of a variety of nutrients. – We actually have a
frozen example of this, at this point, if you were to finish too. – Yeah, so if you were
gonna stop right here. – We’ve already went
ahead and added the krill, and everything else. – Yep, basically, it
would just look like this, and the nice part about it, is at this point it’s kinda crumbly, so you can break off
pieces of it really easy, ’cause it was all frozen, there’s not a lot of
excess water in there, and you can just dump it in to thaw it, it distributes through the
tank really, really fast. So that is what that would look like if you were gonna stop right here, but what we’re gonna do is, next, add for herbivorous fish, so if you have tangs,
or angels or whatnot, what else would you add to this? All right, so we’re gonna turn this into an herbivorous blend,
what’s the first step? – We’re gonna get some algae in here, I mean, you can get flat packs of nori, and you can get, I think Two
Little Fishies has the red, the purple, and the
green different sheets, but we’ve found, when
we were looking around, that they’ve done it all for you and just mixed them
altogether into little flakes, and that just makes this 10 times easier, plus I can just get a couple
of these and throw it in. – Yeah, so you’ve got the
different algaes in here, already chopped up, does look like it’s kind of
heavier on the nori blend, so if you can buy that stuff
on your own, and chop it up, or crumble it up into
the size that you want, this is somewhat small, and so it depends. Also, there are pellet type algaes here, so you can add these in here, this is Seaweed Extreme,
it’s 67% seaweed in here, so almost two third of the pellet itself is actually seaweed,
it’s all bound up pretty easy. So what we’re gonna suggest, for this, is use one of these bags, and this is 1.5oz of Seaweed Extreme, and then there is 60g, so two
of these little containers. If you have more herbivorous
fish, then maybe more, if you have less, you won’t screw this up, so make the first batch
and adjust from there, unless you already know. I like love, love more algae in there. And so, again, right
now, if you wanted to, you would just lift this up, dump these dry ingredients
in, and mix it in, and it would look something like this, which is basically the last fish food, except for, it’s got little
algae flakes in it now, and you can see it in there. Algae flakes have also soaked up, ’cause it’s a dry ingredient, soaked up the oils and
whatnot, from the fish food, and so, presumably,
more nutritious as well. – Yeah.
– All right. So the next step is, what
if I’ve got small fish, and this one’s a really big one for me, like the antheas and
stuff, and the chromis, and all those things
that typically die a lot. – Yeah, we need some high
energy blend for small mouths. – Mhm, all right, so
we’ll move on to that one. All right, so small
fish have small mouths, they have digestive tracts
for small organisms, and they tend to eat a lot, especially the ones that are
swimming around all day long, burning energy all day long, they also tend to be the
things that often die in the saltwater aquarium,
sometimes yes, sometimes no, and so I definitely believe that diet has a portion of why some
people are successful, and some people aren’t,
maybe not the whole mystery, but definitely part of it. – Well, I mean, you could find a way to feed multiple times a day, and that could probably help with their, I mean, they’re constantly eating, they’re high energy type fish so they need a lot of nutrients. For a lot of people, they feed once a day, and so if these highly
active small mouthed fish need a lot of energy, we
should probably supplement with some higher density nutrition. – Also, small, easy to digest things, and so if you’re just feeding
mysis, and you’re losing fish, or you’re just feeding
one specific type of food and you’re losing fish, absolutely, unless there’s disease,
you should consider diet, and I think this is a
really big, big thing to me, personally, is I like those active fish, I like antheas, and we tend to do really good with them here, and so I just really
wanted to pay attention to their dietary needs. And so, in this case,
we have these Goldpods, which are Liquid Plankton Concentrate, and I would just say
that there’s all kinds of different types of
food that you can use, you don’t have to use
these three specifically, but we did pick these out. And so, you’re gonna use
a whole bottle of this, and again, if you like half the recipe, then use half of this thing. But if you have lots, and
lots, and lots of small fish, then maybe I would use two,
and then this one right here. – Yeah, the dry powder calanus, now this is available in blister packs, also frozen and stuff like that, but we find that when you do it dry, like these freeze-dried stuff, if you add more, like you keep saying, it soaks up all of the
juices and everything, making it more
nutrient-dense, most likely, and you just want one container,
one little tub of that guy. – This stuff already is, what is it, 49% protein in these tiny, tiny
little crustaceans in here, this is much more natural
to the type of food that a lot of tiny fishes eat, it is also 26% fat so there’s
a lot of energy in here, as well as ability to build tissue, and then it also has that astaxanthin, which it gives color to the fish, so this will give that red color pigment, allow it to create that
pigment much easier. – Yeah, and then we’ve
got the Super Eggs here, and these things, I mean, you could find eggs at sushi restaurants, and things like that,
and you’ll talk about why the colors and stuff
but we’ve found this little bottle of eggs,
and the whole thing, is what what goes in there,
super nutrient-dense. – So I’m not use what type of eggs they’re using in here exactly, but they look pretty similar to the type of sushi egg that you would get, and so for the adventurous
do-it-yourselfs out there, go get some sushi eggs,
especially at the Asian market, you can get them really,
really, really cheap, so you can get bunches of ’em. In fact, the only reason
that I’m gonna only use one bottle of this stuff
is because it’s not the cheapest thing on the planet, I would actually, like,
these eggs are, by weight, it is, where does it say the protein, by weight, this is 84% protein, and so it’s eggs, eggs by definition are are super nutritious products. So I would use a lot of these, just because little fishes
tend to really love them, especially if you’re gonna
get ’em from the Asian store. The only thing I will say is
that when you get sushi eggs, they tend to be dyed certain colors, so don’t get the green ones,
don’t get the black ones there, ’cause they’re dyed with
octopus ink and stuff, and there are flying fish egg roe, which I believe tend to
be orange just by natural, and then there’s other
cheaper types of fish eggs that look just like ’em but
they’re slightly bigger, and they’re actually dyed orange. – Yeah, so if I get a cup of water, just a cup of water and
add my eggs to there, and let it sit over time, I can probably tell if it’s
dyed if the water’s orange. – I can’t tell you
definitively if, for sure, you’ll say if it’s dyed or not, but I can tell you that
I’ve rinsed them off, and it turns orange but somebody says that these were probably food-grade dye. Probably not harmful to the fish, but I don’t want orange dye in my tank. (laughing) And so, I would probably avoid those. So for those of you, this is actually one of the easiest ways, and so if you want, and you
have lots of little fish, I’d use a couple of them,
these are one of my favorites, and this guy right here too, ’cause it’s a tiny little
natural crustacean. – So, I mean, now we’re
getting into liquids and dries, so as the last two ones before, you could stop right here and get all your dry components together, and add those in, and get
all the liquid components together and add those in, but now we’re gonna
diversify a little further. – Yeah, okay, so again,
you could stop right now, and you’d have a fish food that feeds your herbivorous fish,
feeds your small fish, feeds your big fish, and you’re good, and you could leave any one
of those ingredients out, but we’re also gonna
talk about supplements. So, at this point, you can
go ahead and put these, or mix it all in, or put it to the side. These are your two liquids now, you’re gonna mix these together
at a later date, again, to make sure we keep it all frozen and mix it the least amount possible, and this will mix in with your try goods. So let’s talk about the supplements that you could add to the food to make it even more nutritious. All right, so we’re gonna add
some supplements to this food, which means like enrich it
with even more nutrition, and actually have some distinct benefits that come out the other
side, like coloration. So, I’ve got two of those guys right here, we’ll talk about in just a second, but what else does it do? – I mean, we’ve got some
aminos and stuff in there too, so like Brightwell’s AminOmega, we’re gonna be adding
in there, Selcon also, just highly concentration nutrition. – So Selcon is like a
fatty acid supplement, this is like one of the
most common additives in our industry by far, and people add it to all
kinds of different things, especially freeze-dried food to enrich it. So adding a bottle of this will allow all the dry ingredients to soak up all of those hoofers and beneficial acids, or fatty acids. And this one, actually, is an example of, we ran out of the AminOmega, so this is just a CoralAmino
representing here, and you’ll see that it’s designed specifically for fishes. So this is one of the
pieces where the chili, we didn’t have it today,
so it won’t be in there, it’s just one piece of the whole puzzle, if you have it, put it in,
if you don’t, you don’t. So it will look kind of like this, except for it is called AminOmega, and it clearly says it
is for the fish’s health. – So with these dry ingredients, this is where you can really see this color type stuff come from, when you add this paracoccus powder, the red astaxanthin type stuff, I mean, it turns your whole blend red, and then you add in this
bright green spirulina powder, and the entire thing just
turns like this green color. – That’s where the fish get
the color pigments from, and so this one specifically,
the astaxanthin, is where a clownfish, specifically, tend to brighten up, and
every clownfish breeder makes sure that; that is
in their diet in some form, or fashion, for sure. And, same thing with
this spirulina powder, lots of these things will
actually end up feeding other organisms in the tank as well, but when we make sure that
the food is coated in that, then you start to see better
coloration from the fish, especially some of those fish where you really wanna see pop. If you give them sources of color pigment, they will use it in their metabolism. So this is the point where I would say, “Stop”, for most of you. The next step is gonna be how
do we add in the coral foods, but I’m gonna say, for most of you, unless you have a tank that’s just filled, filled, filled with corals,
or you’re seeing obvious signs of lack of nutrition for them, you can’t get nitrates over zero, or phosphates over zero, and
you wanna do it with food, this is where you should stop. And this is because a lot
of these foods after this start to get pretty nutrient-dense, and already you have now gone light years past what you were feeding them before. (laughing) – Exactly, yeah, this
is a lot more nutrition than my frozen mysis and frozen brine blister packs I was feeding my tank. – Yeah, light years. And so you’re adding a
lot, a lot of nutrition, so I would stop here for most people, and just know that you’re adding a lot nutrition now to the tank, the fish are good, the fish are happy. They’re probably gonna be a portion of a more well-rounded diet, you’re feeding different size
particles for different fish, and higher density nutrition, and because of that, a lot
of their poo, actually, will be a more higher nutrition,
as we are finding out, a lot of the corals tend to eat the poop. And so, that gets digested,
and into the water, and they’re able to
capture those particles, a lot of the corals. So, already, you could probably stop here, but if you want true Frozen Reef Chili, and again, this is, if you have a tank that is just filled with coral and has super big uptake,
this is not if you have like five frags somewhere in your tank, and one piece of frogspawn,
you do not need this. But if you’ve got a tank
that is just having problems getting nitrate over
zero, now I’ll tell ya, even though the XXL 750 up front, we’ve probably got 100
little frags in there, we probably only need to feed this one like every other day because we can’t get nitrate over zero in that tank, and so I don’t really wanna dose nitrate, and get into chasing numbers, I’d just rather add
more food into the tank and pay attention to
the nutrition going in. So this is what that’s gonna look like, and so, again, now we’ve
got two more liquids, this will go into the liquid pile, these will go into the dry pile, and in this case here, we’re
actually only gonna use like two capfuls of this, so again, it’s not like a science,
you’re just gonna tap it out, and pour two capfuls in there, you’re not gonna use this whole thing. With both of these guys though, I would use the whole thing of this one, and then a smaller size of hoofers, and we only sell one size, so the AminOmega for fishes, just dump the whole small bottle right in. – You’re good to go. – All right, and on to corals. All right, so this is the coral portion of the frozen do-it-yourself reef chili, so there’s a lot of things up here, you don’t need ’em all, but
there’s a distinct reason why they’re all here
that we’ll share with ya, and you can just mix and match, and get the things that you do want and you believe in for your tank. – Yeah, for the most part, all of these, to some degree, have been proven for coral
food, and coral nutrition. And different sizes too, so, I mean, I have everything from super
fine low-micron powder, or high-micron powder to even bigger type of pellets and stuff. – So corals have evolved over time to eat all kinds of
different particle sizes, and by all kinds I mean each one, a very specific size, right? And so, if we wanna hit all of the corals, we need to hit a variety
of different sizes, and that’s what all of these
things that are up here. But if you want a cheat sheet it, it’s probably just these two. So we did a experiment where we dosed a CoralAmino from
Brightwell into some tanks with some pale corals
and it all turned around in four different tanks, it
happened in all four of ’em, it was pretty compelling results, so you can go watch that
episode if you want, but you’re gonna dump
the whole 250ml in there, and it may sound like a lot, but this is a lot of fish
food that we’re gonna make, so if you spread that
out over like a year, it’s actually not that much, and you could actually
use more if you want. Again, all of the dry products, the rotifers, and copepods, and calanus are all
gonna soak this stuff up and be even more nutritious. And then, there is the Reef Chili, and so the Reef Chili is actually, by design, a lot of these
things actually combined, but in a little $13 package that you can use the whole thing. It’s by design so you don’t have to go buy tons of other stuff. And in it, you’re seeing the zooplankton, the phytoplankton, you’re
seeing a bunch of vitamins, copepods, rotifers, spirulina, daphnia, a whole bunch of different things in there that span a whole different range, and it has the golden
pearls in there as well, all the way from 2 to
like 900 microns in it. So this is a food that
covers a wide range, again, why probably it did really well in that study that
University of Hawaii did, it’s one of the only two
that actually grew corals, the rest didn’t or went negative, and Reef-Roids is the second one, so this, obviously, makes the mix. These three, right here,
I’d say in our industry, the most trusted of all
the coral foods out there. – And if you wanted to end
right there, you could, where if you’re looking
for your coral food addition to your food that we already built on the base, the protein base, these amino acids, the
Reef Chili, call it a day. – Yeah, but if you got a LPS
food, or LPS coral rather, and you’re looking for some bigger stuff, you have the Chromys, it’s a Liquid Phytoplankton Concentrate, you can see all the little guys in there, they’re obviously much bigger than some of the things,
your powders in here, and different corals, like acans
and stuff, can capture ’em, and so, you can mix with the food. And then you have your standard
copepods, and rotifers, all these things, you’re only gonna use like a couple of capfuls, you can adjust to what you want,
but I just use two capfuls, if you have tons and tons of
coral, feel free to add more. And the gold pearls,
get a variety of sizes, or just get the smallest
one, would be my opinion, and then you have the same
thing with the phytoplankton. – Yeah, 1.5oz in this little jar from ESV, and we’re calling for the whole thing? – No, actually with a couple of capfuls. – Was it a couple? And the same thing with
the Reef-Roids too, couple of capfuls of that one. – And in this case, we add the
whole bottle of the Egg Brew, I think this is just basically
blended up those other eggs, I don’t know for sure, but
that’s what it looks like, and so, again, super,
super high protein content, it’s gonna be absorbed either
by the dry ingredients, or it goes right into the water where the corals can absorb those proteins right through the water,
or through their issue. And, again, this guy is
30% protein by liquid, so are by dry weight. So, yeah. So what you do, again, is
take out your wet ingredients, take your dry ingredients together, and in this case, we’re now
ready to put this altogether. And so we’re gonna put all
the wet ingredients together, we’re gonna put all the dry ones together, and we’re gonna just mix it all up. All right, so that’s coming up. All right, so we have all of our dry ingredients here mixed up, we have all of the frozen fish still here, still pretty cold, and then we have all of the
liquid ingredients here, and so this obviously
looks like a lot of food, ’cause it is, and this right here looks like a lot of powders
but it’s actually mostly inside this container is krill, mysis shrimp, and seaweed,
and then there’s a handful of these other little powders in here. So there’s mostly direct foods, and as we mentioned, this
has got your Selcon in it, this has got your amino acids in it, it’s got all of the
eggs, and the egg juice, and everything in there. This is like super highly
concentration nutrition. Then, our protein base. – And then the protein base, the four different proteins
that we had in here, and we’re gonna put in
the liquid stuff first because we wanna handle
this as little as possible so that it doesn’t start breaking down, and going into chunks, and
especially the dry stuff, where you’ve got those full-sized krills, you’ve got all this other
stuff like the algae that can break down into pieces, you wanna maintain the integrity of the size of those as best as possible. – So, handling here, this
is gonna be a quick process, you definitely wanna do
this as fast as you can. So we’re gonna dump in the liquid, just kinda get it mixed in, so we don’t need to get it
like homogenous or anything, and then we’re gonna dump
in all the dry ingredients, we’re gonna get ’em mixed in, again, we’re not looking
for 100% homogenous, ’cause you’ll end up breaking down all the foods trying to achieve that, and it’s just not worth it. So, again, the dry ingredients
here are going last because some of these
things are more fragile, and the least amount of handling produces the best type of result. All right, and, again, so
any one of these things that you do here, where we’re
making the full-blown recipe, if you don’t have a whole lot
of corals then scale it back, don’t actually use any sum of this, make this your own recipe for yourself. – It’s chili. – Yeah, all right. But, after this, we’ll show you feeding a little bit of it as well. All right, so go ahead
and add all of our liquid. There you go, all right, I feel like we’re making
a quiche or something. (laughing) There you go. You can see all the eggs
and stuff on the top here. – [Randy] Oh, yeah. This is cool, all right. – [Ryan] All right, let’s move this over here for ya, a little bit easier. – [Randy] Just trying to get
everything into the slurry. – [Ryan] So you can see the liquids are already kinda defrosting
some of the frozen food, so you do wanna move fairly quickly. But, already, a nice mix so you can see all the little bits of
food and whatnot in here. – Sweet.
– All right. So, again, we’re gonna look
for the littlest amount, and I’m just gonna start
dumping this stuff in here. All right, so. – I’ll keep mixing. (food sloshing) And now it’s soaking it up. – [Ryan] Yup. Now we are creating a homogenous mix. – [Randy] And then we’re just gonna wanna bag this stuff as soon as we’re done. – [Ryan] So I’m gonna go get the bags ready while you do this. – [Randy] I’ll finish this up. – I’m looking for the thickest
bag I could possibly get, and when we fill it up, what we wanna do, is make it as thin as really possible. I’m looking for somewhere
between 1/4 of an inch, and 3/4 of an inch, so
don’t make it thick, the instinct is to make
it thick like a cube, you don’t want to,
because then you’re gonna have to use a knife to chop it up. What I wanna do is be
able to come Up to it, and just break a chunk off, and if it’s fairly thin,
I’ll be able to do that. I’d rather use more bags
and get thinner stuff, than have to go get a knife, and when you chop it up, you’re actually, you can chop it up into your little cubes and then put it in a bag, but it can get freezer-burned that way, so I find it’s just best to break off a little chunk, make it thin. And so, you’ll just
scoop some of it into it, and then just kinda smush
it out until it’s flat, and you’ll get a feel for it. – [Randy] I feel like
we need to throw a bam, or something in here,
some during the process. – [Ryan] Some bam? – [Randy] Some, just, bam! (laughing) – There it is, bam!
– There it is, there it is. – [Ryan] Right on. So
this is coming out exactly the way that I’d look like for it. All right, so this is
what it looks like now, it’s a pretty thick paste. So we thought we put a
lot of liquid in there, but it all just kinda soaks it up, and now everything in here, this is probably the
most nutrient-dense food that you could possibly feed. – [Randy] It absolutely looks like chili. – So one of the things I’ll just say- I know, really, it does look like chili. So, maybe you could spoon it in for it. So one of the things I’ll just say is, because it is so nutrient-dense,
be careful with it, use just as much as you need, and test it. So I think we probably,
see that two scoops, we’ve probably put too much
in there, so I’ll test it. We’ll leave a little room for air here, and I’m gonna let this one,
this one’s gonna slide, actually, this is about 3/4 of an inch, so it was about two scoops,
and I got all the air out, and it’s a pretty thin thing, and I’ll probably be able to break it off but I’m looking for a little
bit thinner, actually. And I’m gonna have Carlos
take a nice shot of this so you can kinda see
really flat across it, all the little bits of
different food that’s in it, but I’ll have him do it after we’re done. So we’ll just go ahead
and fill all of these up. – So if you make it too thick, it’s hard to break off
if I just open the bag straight out of the freezer, but if I make it nice
and thin, it pops off, so I don’t have to whip out my knife and start hacking at this stuff. So we’re gonna do one big
scoop, and one little scoop. – So one of the things
I might actually suggest to a lot of people is to make
halvesies with this recipe, so make one that’s fish-only,
and then one that’s coral, and then feed the fish one, and then add the coral one in necessary. You are adding a lot of nutrients in here, and more isn’t always better,
the right amount is better. So, experiment with it, and
just for reference point, any nutritional supplement, or
anything that you’re gonna do for any type of organism, animal, or even yourself, you
should have reasonable expectations when the results are. So if you wanna go take
a multi-vitamin tomorrow, and expect that, suddenly,
you’re gonna be healthy, that’s not gonna happen. But, if you eat a balanced
diet for two, three months, usually you can actually see it in the person’s amount
of energy, their health, even their hair and skin sometimes. So just, what you’re looking
for isn’t miraculous results, what you’re looking for
is the overall health of the animals looks like it’s going up, and you’re definitely
looking for coloration, in the corals, for sure, you’re
looking for them to change from a pale color to something
a little bit more brilliant. And, really, so we’ll
just bag this all up, and then we’ll go on and explain a couple more things about how to use it. All right, so we finished
packing it all up, and you got exactly 13 bags here, so for a larger tank,
or you’re feeding a lot, you’re probably have enough
here for an entire year, and probably worth the
investment to do it one time. Randy, and I timed it,
and it took us about an hour to do the first time, and even there was only
15 minutes to the store, the grocery store was close, so hour and 15 minutes
we had the whole thing wrapped up and cleaned. – And cleaned, yeah, actually. – So there’s actually not that many steps, but some of you are watching
this whole thing saying, “Oh, that’s pretty cool, but no way.” And so, you can probably start to see the value of the Reef Riot from Hikari, as well as the Rod’s Food, the Rod’s Food probably being
a little bit more similar to what they’re doing here, the Hikari having more
vitamins and minerals, typical to a wider-used product and so. But Rod’s Reef probably
being the most similar to the Frozen Reef
Chili that we have here. I actually thought that way back when, when Rod’s Food and Reef Chili
were out at the same time, like, hey, these are pretty similar. – Yeah, but, I mean, you can
either make a whole bunch of it or if you don’t wanna go
through all that effort, and get the supplies and all that, I mean, I’m okay with, pre-mixed
food is like the next step of feeding for me when I was just doing a blister pack of this, and
this, like mysis and spirulina, brine shrimp, then I started to get those pre-made packs like Rod’s Food. – I’m gonna say most similar, probably to something like this, chicken. Second ingredient, chicken. And so, when you look around in here, the $20 a month type food, this probably did cost about 20 bucks to make each one of these
things, when you add it all up. It can also be the cheapest thing you did, if you skip all the stuff
and just use seafood, and it’s only a fish food. But one of the nice things
is if you were using a bunch of these things, you
now just break off a chunk, and you’re doing it automatically, you don’t have to play mad scientist with all of those things and
dump ’em all in everyday, which most people don’t have the time for. – Yeah, I mean, you’ll probably have some dry ingredients left for maybe the next time you wanna make this food, or if you wanna play around with a different coral powder
concoction or something, but we made this recipe specifically so that all the bottles were empty, ’cause shelf stable-wise, after getting through all
this food, probably not there. – You can definitely see how you get half the size of the recipe, and this would definitely be
a year’s supply for somebody, and probably about half the cost as well. Some of the cost, again, you’re
gonna use half the bottle, so I dunno what you’re gonna do. All right, so we’re gonna cut out, and leave some scenery of us feeding it to some of the tanks so you can watch what it looks and
what the fish do with it, I will say that, after doing this, I’m kinda energized
and I’m gonna reach out to have Frozen Reef Chili come back, for those of you that like to see this without all of the work, we’ll probably, looking at the
cost of all the ingredients, it probably won’t be the
cheapest thing on the planet, but, at the same time, if
you’re looking into treating the fish like they’re pets, and not like something just in your tank, I think we all did that year one, but year five, you’re like,
“Oh, these are my guys.” – Yeah, yeah. – Also if you’re having
problems with coral, pale corals and whatnot. So, hopefully you guys all enjoyed that, I know we did the
do-it-yourself recipe earlier, just gonna give you the vague idea of it, now you got an actually
recipe that you can try, and, again, if you do this
with your club, it’s super fun, and hopefully you enjoy all
the little tips we gave you. And for those of you that want an actual playbook of the
actual recipe and step-by-step, you’re gonna find it right here,
there’s a link right there, and it’ll take you right over the website, and they have created an
actual step-by-step recipe, and you can produce
your own do-it-yourself Frozen Reef Chili right at home.

32 comments on “DIY Reef Chili: Make your own saltwater fish food! How to make frozen fish and coral foods. | BRStv

  1. Thanks for dropping this video guys. I can't buy your products here in Australia but making my own is the next best thing

  2. I noticed you didn't add any garlic oil to the food. How many times have you seen people recommending people to add garlic oil to there fish food?

  3. This will be around $300 to make this batch. You need to charge $23 just to break even. What would you recommend selling at for your time and effort?

  4. This is great. I make my own so now I will be adding more stuff to it. By the way my Costco has a mixed bag of seafood already. Then I just add tuna and salmon to it.

  5. On a side note, the whole "raw/grain free" diet for cats and dogs is turning out to be terrible for their health and causing a lot of problems. Seeing the true science behind it is eye opening. My cousin is a vet and she shares what is actually being studied and how it is killing our pets. I suggest anyone check it out. Now back to fish food…

  6. Being that this food is so dense in nutrients, should be extra care full when feeding (over feeding which would cause nitrates and such) or should I feed the same way as if it was any of the other frozen mix food mentioned?

  7. Hey guys, super cool! I've been making my own food blend for years now combining frozen with coral foods, amino acids, KZ products, and pellets. What I've found works best for me is to use silicone ice cube trays for storage. Easy to pop out and freeze with a little water binds everything together.

  8. Awesome video again:)! But i make my own as well and find you cant have too much algae:)!
    I like to go 40-50% algae. When i feed ..its the first ingredient eaten. Do you make sure no preservative in frozen seafood…STPP is baaad:(!

  9. I’d like to do something like this again. But the first time I tried it my entire tank crashed. Everything except the fish died within a day or so of the first feeding. I DIDNT USE ANY BRS PRODUCTS, so I want to get that out here. I used all live raw shellfish i shucked myself. Maybe the seafood counter had contaminated the shells or something.

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