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    Home blended coral food, (used to be $5)

    Cheap and easy liquid coral food:

    1 cup or small bottle/can of fresh oysters.
    4 cups or bottles/cans of water.
    1/4 teaspoon (NOT tablespoon) of Sodium Alginate (http://willpowder.com/sodiumAlginate.html). This will be about 1.2 ml

    Blend for 5 minutes (this may overheat your blender).

    Keep very cold (almost freezing), in a clear container so you can see if it separates.

    If after a few days it separates, then put back into blender and add another 1/4 teaspoon and blend for a few seconds.

    If it instead turns into a gel "block", then you put too much Sodium Alginate. Put back into blender and add another cup of water.

    This makes about the same amount of food as a 32 ounce size of Oyster Feast ($65) for about $5.
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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    That is totally awesome.

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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    Does it really equate to Oyster Feast? Doesn't Oyster Feast have oyster eggs in them as well as ovarian tissue?

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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    It will have whatever is in the oysters in it. Maybe eggs. The issue is trying to get large amounts of liquid food, that stays suspended, for cheap.

    Yes that sodium alginate looks to be the same.

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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    I hope you don't mind me reposting this on another site

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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    Go ahead.

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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    Any idea what the shelf life of the sodium alginate is, or if it has one? It costs the same to ship the 3oz and the 1lb, $10 shipping for me, but it's going to take me a really long time to go through 1lb of it.

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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    It's a powder, so it's probably a long time.

    My new recipie is

    1 cup raw oysters
    5 cups water
    2 tablespoons (not teaspoons) sodium alginate powder

    ...stays blended and in suspension seeming forever, and goes right through the medical dosing pump.

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    Re: Home blended coral food, $5

    Quote Originally Posted by SantaMonica
    It's a powder, so it's probably a long time.

    My new recipie is

    1 cup raw oysters
    5 cups water
    2 tablespoons (not teaspoons) sodium alginate powder

    ...stays blended and in suspension seeming forever, and goes right through the medical dosing pump.
    Can you plz define in ounces or ml as a cup could be any size please

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