So here is my take on snail jello. The base recipe is all over the internet, so I took that and modified a bit to better suit my tank, as well as my kitchen. I have two mystery snails in my largest tank, along with a bunch of corries and some shrimp and I was having a difficult time getting the snails to eat, and algae wafers are devoured by the corries no matter when I feed them.
First the ingredients:
- 1 4oz jar of baby food (I chose squash and green beens for my batches as they had the highest calcium content)
- 1 1/2 packs of Knox gelatin (plain unflavoured)
- 10-12 tums crushed into powder ( I used berry flavors)
- Some crushed fish food flakes. For this we use crushed algae wafers and the whole tank loves it!
Now the preparation:
First thing I did was powder the tums, and algae wafers. I found the best way to do this since I don’t have a mortar and pestle was to purchase a new pill grinder/crusher, and use that. You can put two to three tums in at a time depending on size, and powder them up as finely as you can. put the powdered tums and wafers or fish food in a container and set it aside. I may just be paranoid but I have special Tupperware containers that are strictly for fish and have never been washed in anything but hot water, so I used these.
Next either microwave, or heat the baby food on the stove. If you microwave do it for about a minute. If you want to do it on the stove heat it till it is bubbling. Once heated stir in the 1 1/2 packs of gelatin (don’t worry about making sure it is exact, just as close as you can). Make sure to stir it very well so it is blended, but don’t use anything like a mixer or you will fill your jello full of air bubbles, and well you know what air bubbles would do.
Now stir in your dish of tums and other food. Make sure this is also well blended in. If you would rather not add any kind of fish food that’s fine too, but the extra nutrients can only be a good thing.
For the container to let the jello set in I use an ice cube tray. It makes portioning a breeze, but you could use any sort of container really. Spoon the mix into the ice cube tray, filling it about half full, maybe a bit more if you have a large group of snails. Once all the mixture is in the tray stick it in the freezer. You can also put it in the fridge, but I found it easier to remove the cubes with it frozen.
Once it has set (I left mine for a couple of hours) remove the cubes and store in a zipper bag in the freezer or fridge. I actually quartered my cubes first since we only have the two snails, full cubes would be good for larger groups.
Hope you liked it, and we make some happy snails!
Image credits: momtoangel