Robert Guggenbuehl's Top-Aquaristics Grower-Flakes with Spirulina and Octopus
Robert Guggenbuehl (Honorary President of Aquaria St. Gallen, Chairman of DCG Switzerland) wrote following report in the journal DATZ:
"My chichlids and killi fish in nearly 40 tanks want to be fed appropriate to their species. Moreover, the wild species which I caught during my tropical journeys are much more sophisticated than fish born in captivity."
Therefore, his long-time dedication to feeding fish in tanks has led to a developing idea of producing a high-qality food which is still affordable.
He tried to do without artificial colourants and flavourings. For a good durability, he added high doses of Vitamin C and E. In order to cover as many different proteins as possible, many different sources are combined.
Those different sources of protein promise good growth. By adding canthaxanthin as colourant, the pigments in fish will develop an intensified red, but also yellow, green and blue colour.
Meanwhile I have a three-year experience with this product. The fish have a beautiful colour, grow well and are very healthy. The high-quality ingredients are utilized very well and therefore strain the water less than cheap food which contains a high amount of undigestable ingredients.
|Food type||Nature-identical main food for all fish in tanks|
|Target group||Small and medium-sized fish in tanks|
|Conservation form, heating conditions||Flake food, dried|
|Minimum durability||12 months after production, in sealed packages up to 36 months|
|Ingredients (in decreasing weight proportion)||wheat flour, fish meal, wheat gluten, spirulina (5,5 %), dried yeast, gelatine, shrimps, squid meal (1,15 %), dried seaweed, fish oil|
|Packed weight||ca. 80 - 120 g/l|
|Manufacturer Reg. No.||DE-BY-1-00078|
Ingredients and additives
|Crude protein||43.0 %|
|Crude fat||5.0 %|
|Crude fibre||3.0 %|
|Crude ash||10.5 %|
|Vitamin A||30,000 I.E./kg|
|Vitamin D₃||2,000 I.E./kg|
|Vitamin E||300 mg/kg|
|Vitamin C, stabilized||150 mg/kg|
Sprinkle small amounts onto water daily, do not use too much.
As we do not add any attractants, scents of flavourings, it is possible that the fish might hesitate to eat the flakes, especially when they were used to food with additives. You need to be a little bit patient here; after 2 - 3 days this hesitation will fade. You can also make the change easier by blending in preferred food (e.g. frosted bloodworms) in the beginning.
Ellen Thaler (University Innsbruck), Andreas Spreinat, several Swiss breeders
Robert Guggenbuehl, DATZ 56(7), 63 (2003).