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"Almost Natural Tropical Fish Food"


For many years now as most of you know, I have been making my own frozen fish food. It has changed over the years to the point that I am using mostly fresh and naturally found seafood - it contains NO fillers - absolutely NONE! Anyone who has been to my home and seen my fish can attest to the fact of how well this food has been for them. The tremendous size they put on at such a young age and the colors are both astounding, not to mention the overall health of the fish. I attribute it to my homemade "Almost Natural Frozen Tropical Fish Food". With basically all of the same ingredients, I am proud to offer "Almost Natural Tropical Fish Food" in flake and pellet form to other hobbyists.
Various types of fresh seafood are the top 18 ingredients! It contains the essential 6 highly unsaturated fatty acids and natural wild beta­carotenes in silver, red, blue and yellow. It is chock-full of natural proteins as well as two handfuls of different vitamins - both naturally contained in the ingredients PLUS I add vitamins which I acquire from a Tropical Fish Nutritionalist. Just about everything contained in "Almost Natural Tropical Fish Food" falls into one of four categories. With each fish food, I list the four categories in order of prevalence, including the #1 ingredient of the primary category for that food. So the bottom line is that all of the foods offered are basically made from 4 ingredients - seafood-I, seafood-2, greens and vitamins. There are a couple of obvious exceptions, and I'm sure those will jump right out at you - for example, freeze dried blood worms and my newly announced "Breeders Delight Fish Foods". The four categories are as follows:

Badman's note: This is by far the best food available today, it is made by a hobbyist for hobbyist and is the only food I feed my fish. Visit the sites message board to see how many members agree!

 

 

  • seafood-l category - in alphabetical order, includes but is not limited to black cod, cod, halibut, herring, salmon, plus several others .
  • seafood-2 category - in alphabetical order, includes but is not limited to clams, krill, octopus, rockfish, several types of various fish eggs, shrimp, squid, plus several others.
  • green category - a combination of fresh spirulina and fresh kelp - both of which are grown on a microfarm .
  • vitamin category - the vitamins, as formulated by the Tropical Fish Nutritionalist, includes but is not limited to Vitamins A, B­12, D, B-1, B-2, B-6, C, E, Niacinamide, Calcium, Biotin, Folic Acid, Iron, Iodine, Zinc, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Choline, Inositol, Rutin, PABA, Citrus Bioflavonoid Complex, Betaine HCL, Hesperidin Complex, Desiccated Liver, L-Lysine HCL and d-alpha Tocopheryl Succinate.

Other tropical fish foods say they are good - and there is no doubt about it - some are. The "Almost Natural Tropical Fish Food" is great and provides optimum health and natural colors to your fish!! The food is enclosed in vacuum-sealed packages, is guaranteed fresh and will not cloud your water.


* * * * FRESHWATER FLAKES * * * *
Excellent for all types of tropical and ornamental fish. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 47% Ingredients: salmon, seafood-I, seafood-2, greens and vitamins
                          Pricing:                1/4 pound - $ 6.00                           1/2 pound - $ 11.00                           1 pound - $ 21.00     

                     
* * * * SUPER COLOR FLAKES * * * *
Made with the same ingredients as the freshwater flakes but extra salmon. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 48% Ingredients: lots of extra salmon, seafood-I, seafood-2, greens and vitamins
                       Pricing:                 1/4 pound - $ 6.00                        1/2 pound - $ 11.00                        1 pound - $21.00                       


* * * * SUPER COLOR BALLS * * * *
Made with the same ingredients as the color flakes only in very small floating BB-like balls. Good for all size fish.
Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 48%
                       Pricing:                 1/4 pound - $ 6.00                        1/2 pound - $ 11.00                        1 pound - $ 21.00                      


* * * * SHRIMP PELLETS * * * *
Excellent for all types of tropical and ornamental fish. These are sinking pellets so your bottom feeders will be able to gobble these up also. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 44%
Ingredients: lots of extra shrimp, seafood-I, seafood-2, greens and vitamins
                       Pricing:                1/4 pound - $ 5.00                        1/2 pound - $ 9.00                        1 pound - $ 17.00                       


* * * * FREEZE DRIED BLOOD WORMS * * * *
These full-bodied bacteria-free and parasite-free blood worms are an excellent food for conditioning fish for breeding and are full of natural proteins and nutrition. Vitamin enhanced. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 60%
Ingredients: bloodworms and vitamins
                       Pricing:                 1/2 ounce (l4g)                        $ 3.00 1 ounce (28g) - $ 5.00            1/4 pound - $ 18.00                      


* * * * SUPER GREEN FLAKES * * * *
Excellent for the herbivorous fish and/or those tropical fish that feed on algae. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 39% Ingredients: extra spirulina and extra kelp, greens, seafood-I, seafood-2, and vitamins
                       Pricing:                 1/4 pound - $ 6.00                        1/2 pound - $ 11.00                        1 pound - $21.00       

green flakes               

* * * * ALGAE DISCS * * * *


Excellent for all types of tropical and ornamental fish but is geared toward the herbivorous fish and/or those tropical fish that feed on algae. Made with the same ingredients as the freshwater flakes only with lots of extra fresh spirulina and fresh kelp. Various types of Pie co's absolutely love these Algae Discs. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 40%
Ingredients: extra spirulina and extra kelp, greens, seafood-I, seafood-2, and vitamins
                        Pricing:                1/4 pound - $ 6.00                        1/2 pound- $ 11.00                         1 pound - $ 21.00                        

algae disks


"Breeders Delight Tropical Fish Food"
In addition to the Freeze Dried Blood Worms, the following flake foods are extremely wonderful foods for conditioning your fish for breeding.


* * * * EARTHWORM FLAKES * * * *
Excellent for conditioning your fish for breeding purposes. During breeding this can be the primary food. Want your fish to increase their output?? Alternate every third day between Earthworm flakes, Beef Heart flakes and Plankton Flakes or every other day with just 2 of the 3. When not being used as a conditioner food, this is a great secondary food to add to your fish's menu. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 48%
Ingredients: lots of earthworms, seafood-I, seafood-2, greens and vitamins
                        Pricing:                1/4 pound - $ 5.00                        1/2 pound- $ 9.00                         1 pound - $ 17.00                        

earthworm flakes


* * * * BEEF HEART FLAKES * * * *
Excellent for conditioning your fish for breeding purposes. During breeding this can be the primary food. Want your fish to increase their output?? Alternate every third day between Earthworm flakes, Beef Heart flakes and Plankton Flakes or every other day with just 2 of the 3. When not being used as a conditioner food, this is a great secondary food to add to your fish's menu. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 52%
Ingredients: lots of beef hearts, seafood-I, seafood-2, greens and vitamins
                        Pricing:                1/4 pound - $ 5.00                         1/2 pound - $ 9.00                         1 pound - $ 17.00                        


****PLANKTONFLAKES****
Excellent for conditioning your fish for breeding purposes. During breeding this can be the primary food. Want your fish to increase their output?? Alternate every third day between Earthworm flakes, Beef Heart flakes and Plankton Flakes or every other day with just 2 of the 3. When not being used as a conditioner food, this is a great secondary food to add to your fish's menu. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 47%
Ingredients: tons of plankton, seafood- I, seafood-2, greens and vitamins
                        Pricing:                1/4 pound - $ 6.00                        1/2 pound- $ 11.00                         1 pound - $ 21.00                        


* * * * TRIO SPECIAL BLEND FLAKES * * * *
Excellent for conditioning your fish for breeding purposes. During breeding this can be the primary food. Want your fish to increase their output?? This food will help to do the trick. When this food is not being used as a conditioner food, this food is a great secondary food to add to your fish's menu. Give it a try - you will not be disappointed. "TRIO" is a SPECIAL BLEND of three breeding flakes. "TRIO" contains approximately 1/3 earthworm flakes, 1/3 beef heart flakes and 1/3 plankton flakes. Minimum Crude Protein is approximately 49%.
                       Pricing:                1/4 pound - $ 6.00                        1/2 pound - $ 10.00                        1 pound - $ 19.00                       

trio flakes


Almost Natural Tropical Fish Food - SAMPLER Packs
Are you tempted to try some of these foods but you don't want to order a quarter pound of each (or more) to try them out?? Here is a possible solution for you - Almost Natural Tropical Fish Food Sampler Packs - $22.00 each.


* * * * SAMPLER PACK #1 * * * *
Sampler Pack #1 is geared toward the average hobbyist and contains a 2 ounce package of each ofthe following six (6) foods:
Freshwater Flakes, Super Color Balls, Super Green Flakes, Shrimp Pellets, Algae Discs, TRIO Special Blend


* * * * SAMPLER PACK #2 * * * *
Sampler Pack #2 is geared toward the breeders among us and contains a 2 ounce package of each of the following six (6) foods:
Earthworm Flakes, Beef Heart Flakes, Plankton Flakes, TRIO Special Blend, Freshwater Flakes, Super Color Balls


FOR MORE INFO AND TO PLACE AN ORDER, VISIT: www.AlmostNaturaITropicaIFishFood.com
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Your comments:

From: Charlie
Date: 05/23/07
Food reviewed: Freshwater flakes
I started out in the middle of the month putting this great new product, in my 75 gallon tank. The very first day that I fed them, they ate it all greedily, leaving nothing to hit the substrate. They like it so much, I decided to use it in my other 3 tanks. I have a 29g, 20g, 10g, along with the 75. They all loved it. My biggest tank is full of Lake Malawi African Cichlids, mostly Mbuna. They always eat everything I give them, but they prefer the yellow & green part of the mix. They really love this food, and I do too. there's nothing major to clean up. When I did a monthly waterchange and gravel vac, there was hardly anything major to speak of. I'm no scientist, or biologist, but they actually consume more of the food & there's less to clean up to keep it short. I can't wait to try the other varieties that this site has. I have panda cories in the 29 and they will love the shrimp pellets I'm going to be ordering shortly.

Way to go.... You definitely have a new Lifetime Customer. I have several friends in the hobby as well, I've already told them about ya'll.

Keep up the good work, & the prices LOW :-)


 

From: Betsy
Date: 05/24/07
Food reviewed: Freshwater flakes

50 gal tropical freshwater tank

    Tank Occupants:
  • 1 breeding colony endler's livebearers
  • 1 breeding colony red wag platy
  • 5 panda cories
  • 1 mixed school of danios including zebra, leopard, and roseus
  • 1 glass shrimp
  • 1 African dwarf frog
  • 1 female betta
  • Nerite snails
  • Tiger nerite snails
  • pond snails
  • ramshorn snails
  • Trial Time: 2 weeks

For the span of this trial, the normal diet of the fish which consists of a variety of frozen, freeze dried, and commercial flake products (Omega brand), was suspended. Algae tablets, sinking bottom feeder tablets by Hikari, and shrimp pellets were fed in conjunction with the sample product for the bottom feeding fish and the frog.

When I first received the test sample, I was somewhat dismayed at the packaging. While the vacuum sealed bag kept it fresh, I was concerned about long term storage. Upon reading the instructions through the vacuum bag, I did see that the food was within a sealable sandwich bag inside the vacuum bag. Although this isn't the most professional looking approach, it is an effective way to store the food. Upon opening the package, there was no heavy or stale odor. It was very fresh, dry, and not clumpy. While colorful, the flakes did not appear to be loaded with dye as some commercial flake products are. There was color, but it wasn't extreme. The majority of the flakes were too big to feed my small mouthed fish. Some were bigger than the fish themselves. This problem is easily resolved by squishing the food, but it does tend to make a mess, especially when “squished” and fed by young children. Most of the fish readily accepted the product and fed on it eagerly. It was ignored by the panda cories, frog, and betta fish. This was an expected result, as the food is not intended for bottom feeders such as the pandas, and the frog and betta have been eating live fish fry. During the entire two week trial period, the pandas and the frog continued to ignore the flake. The betta did begin to eat the flake near the end of the second week when the supply of fry was exhausted. After the first week, the lone shrimp in the tank began waiting at the top of the tank around feeding time and appeared to prefer the flake to the sinking pellets.
The fish did not experience any bloating or perceived ill effects from the food. No change was noted in the condition of the red wag platy fish. While they ate eagerly, their coloration and size remained the same. No increase in growth rate was noted in the younger fish. However, two weeks is not a long enough period of time to study the growth rate of this fish compared to a change in food. The platy fish did ignore the sinking foods while the flake was present in the tank. Previously, they were equally divided between commercially prepared flake and the sinking foods. There was also no change in coloration of the betta fish. However, this fish ate mostly fry during the trial instead of the flake.
The most dramatic change noticed in this tank was the condition of the endler's livebearers. The coloration of both males and females improved dramatically. The greenish-grey color of the females was greatly enhanced, and the overall shine/sheen increased. The males also experienced increased sheen/shine. The two week trial was not long enough to make a definitive growth rate or fry count analysis. However, the fish did appear to be in greater health after the trial than they did before the trial, as evidenced by the dramatic increase in coloration. br>The water quality within the tank was unaffected by this trial. No excess ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate was noted. The fish appeared to produce the same amount of waste that was produced by their previous diet. The snails in the tank were unaffected by the trial, as the fish ate the food before it sank to the bottom of the tank. br>Based on these results, I believe that I will use/purchase this product in the future. However, I will be returning the fish to their regular diet. I intend to use this product instead of commercially prepared flake within my normal feeding rotation. The improved condition of the endler's livebearers justifies the change to me.

 


 

From: Tom
Date: 06/01/07
Food reviewed: Freshwater flakes

55 Gallon Freshwater Dual Filtration

    Tank Occupants:
  • 2 Paradise Gourami’s
  • 3 Gold Gourami’s
  • A breeding pair of Honduran Red Point Cichlids
  • 1 Red Finned Shark
  • 4 Tiger Barbs
  • 2 Albino Coryadoras
20 Gallon Freshwater Single Filtration
    Tank Occupants:
  • 10 assorted Live bearing Platys and Swordtails
  • 1 Paradise Gourami
  • 2 Paleatu Coryadoras
  • Trial Time: 3 weeks

Okay, First and foremost I’d like to Thank Pat for the opportunity to test a new fish food product and Ed at Almost Natural for allowing the selected members and our finned friends to be the guinea pigs.

The new flake feeding regimen began just over 3 weeks ago and went like this.

My strategy in feeding my fish consisted of storing my existing flake foods away the whole time this test process was going on and only feeding the Almost Natural flake in place of what the fish were currently feeding on flake food only.

I did not alter my fish feeding regimen or schedule when it came time to feed frozen foods (bloodworms, mysis, Daphnia, Krill), veggie matters, shrimp, cichlid pellets, etc. I continued my practice of 6 days feeding with one day fasting in addition to weekly 50/60% water change outs.

After receiving my test trial fish flakes I examined the product for freshness and quality. Wonderful colors and smells overtook me as I opened the sealed baggie. The flakes felt fresh to the touch.

Now for the fun part. After a week or so, I noticed as I had stated previously that all my tropicals seemed to color up and have pretty much stayed that way as I write this summation. In addition to the beautifully enhanced colors and hues, I’ve also began noticing that they have grown somewhat as well. All fish took to this flake food instantly and never looked back.

After week one, I also noticed my breeding pair of HRP’s were guarding a new clutch of eggs. Can I contribute this to the new flake food regimen, maybe, maybe not but I will not discount it either.

There was no noticeable change in my water quality and parameters after each week of testing but then again, I keep to a strict clean water and tank regimen.

  • Pro’s: No byproducts; Dyes or fillers; All Natural ingredients; Seafood like smell; nice texture and easily crumples.
  • Con’s: None to speak of with the product I tested.

Overall I am quite pleased with Ed’s product and would recommend the flakes I tested to fellow hobbyists and will be ordering the additional food that Almost Natural offers.

Oh and last but not least, my feathered friends enjoy the flakes as well as whatever I dropped feeding the fish, my Cockatiels quickly devoured.

 



 

 

 

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