I was directed your way via Caroline Estes.
I have been making a homemade frozen diet for my Tropheus for about 8 months now and they are thriving on it. Showing amazing color and spawning like mad.
I am always thinking of ways to better the food by considering their diets in the wild and how to best simulate, naturally, the vitamins and such they receiving when they are grazing the aufwuchs.
My recipe is as follows:
Shrimp, scallops, tilapia, turnip and collard greens, red chard, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, acorn squash, sweet potato, yellow squash peelings, red, yellow and orange pepper and spirulina powder.
My question is this: would it be a good idea to add some kind of natural juice like Odwalla "Super Food" instead of water? I am worried about the fructose content and any adverse reactions it may have for the Trophs. Juice of the caliber of the Super Food is super nutritious and has a ton of trace minerals, etc in it, but my mind keeps circling back to the question of "how often does fruit actually land in their diet in the wild?"
My other question is this: what about adding probiotics to the food or some sort of good fermenting fiber like beets? Fermentation in the gut of mammals adds all sorts of benifits and so I, being a Fish Geek, started thinking about it for my Troph's food. we had a rep from a dog food company out touting his line of probiotics foods and that got me to thinking about it for my finned friends.
Thanks in advance for your input!
All the Best,