Thanks, LadyG. It's hard to know exactly how what we do compares to other fishkeepers.I use Repashy Super Gold, I make it thick (ratio of 2 parts powder to 1 part water) and it sinks perfectly. I actually handfeed my ladies, gel food makes it fun and easy. ^_^ Mixed in this way it's nice and chewy and doesn't cloud the water at all. I can tell you my fish look great, they've grown a lot and their colors are good. Hand feeding is an amazing way to get a good look at your fish for any potential problems, and also make sure everybody gets a bite. I know everyone's fish keeping situation is different, but this seems ideal for a small number of goldies in a tank type dealie.
I've heard that Repashy is pretty expensive by comparison and, as a new fishkeeper I don't have a lot of experience. I went from some regular old fish flakes straight to Repashy. I just mixed up a batch so I decided to measure and calculate how much it's actually costing me.
I got the 6oz jar for $18 on Amazon (sounds expensive right?) I made about .8 oz (1/4c) of it into gel, in an ice cube tray that makes ice sticks. It perfectly fills the 5 sections of the tray. Each stick gives me about 20 feedings (in the form of slices), and I feed my ladies once or twice a day (depending on how many treats or veggies I've given them.)
So, 1/4c gives me about 100 feedings give or take... and there are about 7.5 1/4c portions in the jar. So I calculate that I will get about 7500 feedings out of this jar (more or less, they'll probably start eating more as they grow... they're only about 8 months old now). So each feeding is about .24 cents. Not 24 cents, .24 of one cent.
I think my math is correct?
Lemme tell ya bout this bridge I got fer sale ...Well .. their pound of food rehydrates into 2-3 lbs .. right? Can you say the one pound of food feeds YOU for 286 days? If you think about it that way .. how much does 286 days of food cost you? That's a more accurate comparison I think.
I was of the opinion fish meal or by-products are from wild-caught fish, not farmed.I like bug bites because it has less farmed fish product in it which often contain byproducts of antibiotics and resistant bacteria (a recent study on fish food).. I also supplement with omnivore reptile food made for bearded dragons (ingredients = pure dried bugs and veggies) that you can crush and rehydrate in a bit of water first..my fish are small so I grind it in a course pepper grinder into the tank and the comets go crazy for it..
Possibly aquarium fish food is different than food for farm raised- but I assume they buy from the same source.. this article made me rethink my fish food. Also a lot of fish foods use salmon. Surely farmed salmon is cheaper than wild caught..? Fish meal might be more bycatch.I just use Hikari. I don’t like NLS for goldfish. Too much protein.
I was of the opinion fish meal or by-products are from wild-caught fish, not farmed.