Oscar Fish Food - Beef Heart Recipe
This recipe is based on one average size beef heart, which is about 4 pounds uncleaned. Multiply all the other ingredients for each beef heart you add. Unless noted otherwise, all of these ingredients can be found at your local supermarket.
I personally do not feed this type of food to my fish. I think there are much better foods available that will give your fish all the goodness it needs. However, making beef heart means you can add your own preferred ingredients. You may wish to add vitamins and/or other ingredients that your fish may enjoy. You may find it easier to segment your final product up into bite size portions for your fish, this will save you having to chop chunks off a frozen block.
2 lbs. of cleaned beef heart
1 1/2 lbs. of fresh cod, scrod, or peeled table shrimp.
4 egg yolks (no whites)
20 prenatal vitamins
1 cup of wheat germ
1- 2.75 ounce bottle of Tetra "Color Bits" (from your pet store)
1 cup of ground up freeze-dried krill or plankton (from your pet store)
1/4 teaspoon of spirulina powder (from your health food store)
2 packs of Knox Gelatin
Have flake food on hand if the mixture is the wrong consistency.
Clean all fat, veins, and sinew from the beef heart, and cube into one-inch squares. Puree beef heart and fish separately in a food processor. Mix the beef heart, fish and egg yolks together. In a blender, grind up all of the dry ingredients to powder and add to the beef heart, fish and egg yolks and mix together. In the blender, blend the gelatin with one cup of cold water on high speed until it thickens (about 3-5 minutes), and immediately mix into the beef heart mix. If the mixture is too runny, add flake food until it is a doughy consistency. If it is too dry, then add water. Freeze prepared beef heart mix flat in small zip-lock bags about a half-inch thick.
This recipe was originally put together for the discus fish but will be perfectly okay for an Oscar
Credit for this recipe goes to www.adiscusdream.com (site not online any more)