My Famous Home-made Fish Food: “Goulash Stew”

2014_0220_032226_062-m20h5a65ct.jpg As of recent, I have been feeding my Cichlids my very own food recipe. I did lots of research on the different ingredients, and they REALLY enjoy this recipe.


  • Frozen Store Bought Blood Worms
  • Wild Sardine (do NOT in any situation buy them by the can. More info under step 2)
  • Zucchini
  • Wild Mussel (also NOT by can)
  • Store Bought Crickets (dead or alive)
  • Tropical Fish Flakes
  • Fresh water. (For sardines)


Step 1).

Depending on how much you intend to make, you’re going to want to defrost the blood worms, and have about 45% of the stew being this ingredient.

Step 2).

Behead, Gut, and fillet your sardine. If defrosting is required, then do so. Take the fillet, and cut out and use ONLY the white meat. All of the healthiest proteins are there. Precooked and canned sardines contain potentially dangerous oils and chemicals that can ultimately kill or maim your fishy friends. Put every fillet that you make into the water, and shake thoroughly. This will help remove most of natural oils, which aren’t as harmful. But removing most of the natural oils is still a healthier choice.

Step 3).

Now we get to the Zucchini. This ingredient will broaden or shorten based on the variants of other fishy consumers. For example, if you have omnivores and herbivores in your tank, you are going to want more. Otherwise you should only add about 5% Zucchini to the stew. Slice and dice the veggie until it’s in small bits, or mush. A blender will work all the same, but it’s safer and easier due to the low amounts.

Step 4).

Use a nut cracker or a cooking mallet to open your mussels. IF you have prior experience, you can use a knife. PLEASE be aware that this is difficult and can result in serious cuts and must be taken seriously. Protective gloves are recommended. Make sure you get the mussels from a similar, if not the same place, you get your sardines. While they do not need to be shaken in the water, store bought mussels can still be potent to your aquarium.

Once you’ve opened the shell, cut out the bright orange meat. This is done so similarly to gutting an avocado. The rest of the blacker and redder meat is less healthy.

Step 5).

Unless they are already dead, this next step can be a little troubling to some. This step refers to the crickets of course. You’re going to want to blend, and or mash the crickets into mush. If you buy your crickets at Petco, Petsmart, and other big name brand stores, ask for large. They will know what to supply.

Wild crickets can carry diseases and are less healthy.

Step 6).

Now we reach the final parts.

Remove and drain the water from the sardines, and add the fillets to the mix, if you haven’t already. Add as many fish flakes as you like. The scent is familiar to your fish, and, of course, contains all of the health benefits already included.

Add the mix to a blender, or mash by hand. In the end you should have a brownish-reddish mix of goulash!

Once mashed, drain as much liquid as you can so that the food keeps its consistency. Whilst being stored, do not keep outside. Make sure it is stored in a fridge or freezer.


Making your “Goulash Stew”, is VERY smelly. Do this outside, or far away from your friends, and family. We all already know how these smells can linger. ;)

This stew can be very messy. Always remember to do a weekly 20% water cleaning. Always test your water. The stew does not affect or harm the water in anyway, however it can cause the water to become foggy depending on serving portions.

Nutritional Values

Sardines Nutrition

  • 190 calories.
  • 23 grams of protein.
  • 11 grams of fat.
  • 338% vitamin B12.
  • 87% selenium.
  • 64% phosphorus.
  • 61% omega-3 fats.
  • 44% vitamin D.

One medium zucchini (or about 1 ½ cups of raw slices) has about:

  • 33 calories.
  • 0 fat.
  • 2 grams fiber.
  • 2 grams protein.
  • 5 grams carbs.
  • 3 grams sugar.
  • 3 milligrams vitamin C (56 percent DV)
  • 4 milligrams vitamin B6 (21 percent DV)
Raw Mussels
Serving size 3 ounces (85 g)
Calories 70
Protein 10.1 g
Carbohydrate 3.1 g
Fiber 0.0 g
Total fat 1.9 g
Saturated fat 0.4 g
Sodium 243 mg

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So... what do you think? Please leave me a comment.


  • Vale: Thanks for sharing this recipe! How much do you recommend serving? Can you freeze it in an ice cube tray and use those for portion sizes? How long does it last?
  • Sicklid: Vale,
    Of course the size of your fish does matter as far as serving size goes. Not to mention how many you have. I’d say a quarter of an inch to half an inch per-fish. When I buy blood worm packs from Petco, they come frozen in half inch cubes. Those are the ideal sizes for the stew, and those can be recycled into perfectly sized ice trays.
    Perfect size, AND recycling! :D
    And if you don’t have any, these of course can still be poured and frozen in normal ice trays. Just be aware that as I mentioned, the smell is very overpowering.
    As far as expiration I’m not quite sure. Most of the raw meat in the stew is salt water fish, so that lasts long as it’s kept cold and concealed. That is fine as far as the blood worms go and there shouldn’t be enough zucchini for there to be a difference. My main concern is the fish flakes. Due to the fact that their consistency and temperature have greatly changed.
    I’ll look into that ;)
  • Oreo1: Very interesting! Can you steam the mussels to open the shells?
  • Sicklid: Oreo1,
    Sure. The technical reason you aren’t supposed to cook the ingredients in anyway is because the nutrients and beneficial ingredients are lost through heat, and being cooked.
    However the mussels aren’t highly called for in large amounts here. So I suppose that steaming the would be fine.
  • Vale: Thanks for answering my questions!
  • Sicklid: No problem Vale! :)
  • sakana: This seems really cool! Could I feed it in smaller portions to another type of fish or is it cichild only?
  • Sicklid: sakana,
    Of course! It’s made primarily for all herbivores and carnivores. It’s just that my cichlids really love it. :)

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