Hey there Sweet Thang!

Okay, so, with the exception of my Husband, my pets are my best friends! ( You can tell by how nerdy my intro was! ♥)

They’re loving, non-judgemental, and frankly never cancel plans with you. : P

As a pet parent, I think it’s super important to make sure you’re feeding your furry, fishy, or feathered friends the best and healthiest options for their dietary needs. 

Along with our rottweiler Mushroom, our cockatiels Carl and Sagan, and three other smaller fish tanks, my husband and I have a huge tank that takes up most of our living room wall for our 7 goldfish that we collectively call “the puppies,” because of their wiggly and happy demeanours.

Unfortunately, a few months ago one of the goldfish (his name is Cow because he has large white patches all over his little orange body) got incredibly sick and was on the verge of death.  

While using the proper medication that was recommended to us by the staff at the Pet Store, he became so ill that he was unable to swim upright and could only float on his side or lay at the bottom of the tank.

We were certain that our little cow was going to pass, but we decided to try to fight for him any way we could. After a little digging we found a recipe for Garlic water that was supposed to be an immune system booster and combined it with a well-known cure for swim bladder problems, peas. 

Because Cow was unable to eat on his own, after we put the garlic peas in the tank my husband gently drove Cow around like a small fishy submarine and allowed him to get to the peas without expending his own energy. 

I’m proud to say that Cow is alive, happy, and fully right side up, to this very day and we serve all of our Goldfish Garlic Peas as a healthy and preventative snack once per week. ♥

Here is the DIY Dish. ♥

 ♥ Emma Rae Thomas + The Pretty As Pie Team

 




Healthy DIY Garlic Peas for Pet Goldfish

The Mission

Make a healthy snack for your goldfish that keeps them in tip-top fishy shape. Do this as part of a weekly schedule, just before doing your weekly water change. 

The Tools

Enough Frozen peas that all of your fish can consume them for 3-5 minutes as an emergency medicinal feeding or 2-3 minutes as a healthy, preventative snack. 

Two toes of garlic

1 cup of warm water 

Preferably a Blender or Food Processor but in a pinch a hammer and some persistence will work.

The Cost

Cost per month for the entire project? Less than $5. Prolonging the life of your fishy friend? Priceless. ♥

The Instructions

  1. Soak Frozen Peas in a bowl of Hot water or run them under hot water until thoroughly thawed.
  2. Peel the outer layer (skin) off of peas to reveal the softer inner pea body (fish can’t digest the skin doll.) ♥
  3. Blend, Process, or otherwise emulsify both thoroughly peeled medium sized toes of garlic in 8 ounces of warm (preferably purified) water. 
  4. Add garlic water mixture to peeled peas and allow to sit for at least 15-30 minutes in a covered and refrigerated container while peas cool and soak up garlic mixture. 
  5. Serve peas to fish after they have thoroughly cooled in the amount appropriate for the feeding times listed above (3-5 minutes as an emergency medicinal feeding or 2-3 minutes as a healthy, preventative snack.)♥
  6. When using as a treatment in case of emergencies, additionally, treat fish with one tablespoon of blended garlic water, avoiding garlic chunks, for every 10 gallons of water in tank.
  7. For regular weekly feedings perform weekly water change (at least 20%) after feeding. For emergency treatments, begin with a 20% water change. Feed and treat goldfish daily for 3 days followed by a second 20% water change, either way to prevent material build up remove remaining peas from hard to reach places at the bottom of the tank after feeding. 

Enjoy, and if you liked this article or know someone who loves their Goldfish please be amazing and share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. ♥

With love,

♥ Emma Rae Thomas + The Pretty as Pie Team

View the Step by Step instructions with Pics Below. ♥

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  1. Soak Frozen Peas in a bowl of Hot water or run them under hot water until thoroughly thawed.

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  2. Peel the outer layer (skin) off of peas to reveal the softer inner pea body (fish can’t digest the skin doll.) ♥

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Here’s what the peas look like when they are all peeled. ♥

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Here’s what the shells look like once you’ve collected them from the peas, give them to your dog for a healthy high fiber addition to his normal food (just make sure he doesn’t have any kidney problems first because peas contain Purine.) 

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3. Blend, Process, or otherwise emulsify both peeled medium sized toes of garlic in 8 ounces of warm (preferably purified) water. 

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4. Add garlic water mixture to peeled peas and allow to sit for at least 15-30 minutes in a covered and refrigerated container while peas cool and soak up garlic mixture. 

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5.Serve peas to fish after they have thoroughly cooled in the amount appropriate for the feeding times listed above (3-5 minutes as an emergency medicinal feeding or 2-3 minutes as a healthy, preventative snack.)♥

 

Bonus Content

Here are the names of our 7 puppies, 3 plecostomus, and 1 upside down catfish (spread across our various tanks).

Tank 1: The Puppy Tank

   Big Guy

   Cow

   Howard

   Spot

   Horse with no name

   White tail

   Fish with no name <-  Actual name

 

Tank 2: Media Room Pleco

   Ugly Fish (He even has a theme song)

 

Tank 3: Workout Pleco

   Batwings (Shares Batman’s theme song)

 

Tank 4: Bedroom tank

   Mudbug (Upsidedown Catfish)

   Little Guy (Bristlenose Pleco)

   Former Home of Mango and Sherbert the Tetras (RIP sweet fish)