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How to make your own Fish food (American Cichlids/colour boosting) – a 2-minute video by @davescichlids


How to make your own fish food – by @davescichlids.


How to make your own fish food: a 2-minute video by @davescichlids


How to make your own Fish food

This video was sent in by @davescichlids and shows how to create your own colour boosting food for your Fish.  This food was created for Dave’s American Cichlids but most fish would be more than happy to eat it.

Making homemade fish food is great, you know exactly what has gone into it and that it is healthy for your fish.  As you can see at the end of the video, this stuff goes down very well too which shows how much the fish enjoy it.


How to make your own fish food:

The food is made from a combination of:



Spirulina powder

Water (used to marinate, excess drained away)

Garlic guard

Added Vitamins


This is a short how to make your own fish food video for anyone interested in creating their own healthy, nutritious fish food.  The mix of prawns, mussel and spirulina powder is marinated in water for 24 hours to create a delicious meaty fish food.

The excess water is then drained away and the mix is frozen.  Once you reach feeding time, simply take out what you need, add garlic guard and extra vitamins as required and feed.  Easy!


Prawn and muscle are packed with protein that many fish species crave.  Prawn and muscle also contain minerals such as copper iodine and zinc.  The spirulina powder adds a veggie element and brings with it a host of vitamins.  It also contains some more protein.

Spirulina can boost your Fish’ immune system to help prevent problems from occurring before they happen.  One table spoon of spirulina powder contains:

  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese.


Vitamins your fish need:

Vitamin A – from greens and crustaceans. Essential for normal growth and development as well as for the formation of bones and scales.

Vitamin B – from greens, eggs, and fish. Offers a variety of health benefits including growth, the function of the nervous system, digestion of protein, and protection of the slime coat.

Vitamin C – from greens, algae, and fish eggs. Plays an essential role in disease prevention, healing, digestion, as well as proper formation of the skeleton.

Vitamin D – from snails, shrimps, and earthworms. Necessary for calcium and phosphorus metabolization, which aids in normal development of bones and scales.

Vitamin K – from water fleas, greens, and liver.


For the American Cichlid fans out there, take a look at Dave’s Instagram page here.


For our top recommended shop-bought food for American cichlids, see our short article here.

About the author

James @Seriously Fishy

I am a fish keeping enthusiast with over 20 years experience. I currently keep American Cichlids (CA) which are my favourite fish to keep so far. I started Seriously Fishy as I noticed a large volume of people on various web pages looking for help with Aquarium basics. I created the first Seriously Fishy book to solve the issue in 28 pages, that led to the Seriously Fishy UK fish forum and blog.

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