Cheerios For Fish Food – How to Feed Fish

What is the best fish food for your pets and or for your tropical showcases of salt water fish? Everyone has a different opinion about this one. But some have chosen their fish food merely by what the pet store tells them. That really limits you and limits your fish. If you are looking to grow, large, healthy, creative and unusually happy fish, then you need to go one step above what the fish guy tells you.

First you decide the purpose for your fish, the reason why you purchased them or obtained them other ways and then after you figure out your purpose, you can then figure out the proper food for them. Do you want regular, tiny fish swimming in the tank, run of the mill fish? Or do you want prize fish, fish that look a little bigger, fish that are a little more happier? Do you want to see your fish run to the top of the tank to get their old, dried fish food or do you want them to eat more like they eat out in nature, in the wild, by hunting for their own food, and getting that exercise that this hunting gives to them?

If you want the more natural feeding, then you would choose , live food. Next step below that would be frozen food that was once live and last but not least, is that dried food or flake food that comes in those round cylinders.

Here are things to consider when buying fish food:

1. Are your fish bottom feeders or top feeders? Bottom feeders might enjoy food that will drop to the bottom and or float-either way. Buy some Tubifex live worms. The pet store guy will have these in the refrigerator there. They look like brownish, reddish messy ball of tiny string worms. They smell horribly but I gather the fish love this. If you drop a small ball in the tank your fish will scurry up to get them immediately.

2. If you have salt water fish or tropical fish, you might want to try live brine shrimp as their meals. Of course you can supplement any fish meals with dried or flake food also.

You can purchase brand name food or no-frills food and your fish will survive just as well. So , how do I know this? I was raising some feeding fish once, and I ran out of fish food. So I crushed some Cheerios between my fingers and I fed the fish that food. They loved it, thrived on it so I never went back to using regular fish food. These fish grew big, from tiny little feeding fish. So my Cheerios were successful. Do not try anything that I write about as this was my own experience and I cannot guarantee it works for you or your particular kind of fish. IF you were going to experiment with this, you might begin by using your regular fish food and supplementing with …

How to Make Boilies for Carp Fishing: Equipment, Ingredients and Process

Catching carp on bait that you’ve rolled yourself is a very exciting part of carp fishing and very rewarding. Rolling your own carp bait can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. In this article I’m going to take you through the equipment and process I have used to make Blue Oyster boilies using Nutrabaits’ base mix and liquid.


The equipment listed here will enable you to prepare a 10kg batch of finished bait in approximately 3 hours and is what I use to make my own carp bait.

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Weigh scales
  • 1 x set of measuring spoons with 2.5 to 5ml capacity
  • Large ziploc bag
  • A cloth
  • Large wooden chopping/preparation board
  • Gardner Tackle Rolaball Baitmaster, Giant Size, mounted to a flip table
  • A tray or bucket to catch baits when they are done
  • 13kg gas cylinder and large triple ring burner
  • Large 50 litre capacity cooking pot with lid
  • Large strainer basket large enough to fill the cooking pot
  • 4 x air dry trays (300 x 600mmx 40mm deep)
  • 1kg capacity pneumatic boilie gun with nozzle cut to the correct size
  • 1 x 50 litre air compressor


  • A sack or tub of Blue Oyster Base mix (you’ll need about 6.5 kg to make 10 kg of bait)
  • A bottle of blue oyster liquid (you’ll need about 80ml to make 10kg of bait)
  • 60 medium sized fresh eggs (to make 10kg of bait)
  • A bottle of regular cooking oil (I use rapeseed but you can use hempseed or salmon oil for extra flavour)

3-stage process to make your own boilies

Stage 1: Prepare the bait mix

1. Fill the cooking pot half full with tap water, place on the burner and light all three rings. Place the strainer basket inside and cover with the lid. Using a lid on the pot will reduce the time and gas consumed as well as eliminate draughts from the burner.

2. Connect the boilie gun to the compressor and pressurize the compressor reservoir to 100psi.

3. Place the mixing bowl on the scales, press tare and weigh 500gr of mix. Set the mix to one side

4. Empty the bowl of base mix and crack 6 eggs into the mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds with the fork till smooth.

5. Add 7.5ml of Blue Oyster liquid to the eggs and whisk together to fully incorporate the liquid into the eggs.

6. Set aside and check the temperature of the water. You can continue when you estimate that the water is hot enough to come to the boil within the next 5 minutes.

7. Now add the 500 grams of base mix; don’t add it all in one go, aim for 450 grams, verify the mix consistency and add the balance as required. Use the fork to incorporate the mix into the eggs.

8. The mix is ready when it is stiff enough to form a large ball, no longer sticks to your hands …

Important Tips to Know Before Living Aboard a Boat and Dropping Out of the Rat Race

Many people have thought about dropping out of the rat race and retire to a live aboard boat in order to experience the simpler life and travel to exotic places. There are many benefits associated with this type of lifestyle, and waking up in the morning to the smell of the salt air and friendly neighborhood tropical birds looking for their morning breakfast in your backyard are definitely in the top two! Once you’ve made the decision to live aboard a boat, then there are several more choices that you need to decide on.

What type of boat will it be, a mono-hull or a catamaran? What is the length of hull that you’re looking for? How much money are you prepared to invest into the boat and where will you dock it? There will be so much less space than what you’re used to in a house, and storage places will come at a premium. Some boats have more space than others, and you will soon find that out when you start attending boat shows around the country or world. How much comfort are you willing to give up for a life of adventure on the high seas?

Mono-hulls are normally what people think of when boating comes to mind, but they do have plenty of drawbacks. They have a deep keel in order to help as ballast and to keep the vessel upright, which is highly useful if you are out on the ocean! But because of this keel, there will also be a great amount of rocking and rolling from side to side as waves hit the boat. If you aren’t used to this motion, you could very well end up with a bad case of sea sickness that will spoil your cruise. Mono-hulls do tend to have more space onboard for living and storage however, because the shape of the hull is very conducive to that in relation to depth. You will immediately realize though, that the width or beam leaves much to be desired and is often narrower with regard to the total length.

In my opinion the hull of choice is the catamaran, which is a much wider or beamy vessel, and some of the larger boats are so stable in rough weather that a champagne glass sitting on the galley table will not tip or fall over! The ideal length for a cruising catamaran to comfortably accommodate a married couple is anywhere from 36 feet to 55 feet, and the price goes up quite a bit each foot that is added on. A catamaran is designed to sit on top of the water more than a mono-hull, and is usually much wider in beam. For example, the typical 50 foot mono-hull might have a 12 -16 foot beam, but a 50 foot catamaran might have a 26 – 30 foot beam! This really leads to stability in very rough seas, with a huge reduction in the side to side rolling of the mono-hulls. …

Cleaning Grills – The Good and Bad Sides of Dirty Grills

Firing up the outdoor grill for an al fresco taste of food can be exciting. However, some folks cook on a grimy grill in view that dirt and bacteria will be eliminated by the heat of the grill. But, who wants to eat a fish cooked on a grate covered in last week’s dinner? Other than that, cooking on a dirty grill can impair the taste of any food. It is unsanitary and unappetizing and is completely discouraged.

Cleaning your grill does not need to be immaculately done, though, you just have to make sure it will not be loaded with fungus, mold, yeast, and bacteria that can grow and multiply in the grill. What you put in your grill is bacteria’s favorite food – raw meat. In fact, it’s not advisable to reuse the marinade that you had raw ribs, chicken or seafood soaking in as it contains bacteria that could not be killed by the heat of the grill.

The way to clean a grill depends on whether it uses charcoal or gas. But generally, you can place the cooking grates in a pan of hot, soapy water and degrease with a dish detergent. Scrub the cooking surfaces with a plastic brush or scouring pad. For deeply-embedded dirt, sprinkling it with baking soda before scrubbing can be helpful. Rinse well and let dry. After the grill has dried, wipe the cooking grates with oil. This acts as a stabilizer and will help keep food from sticking.

Like any cookware, grills should also be cleaned after every use because cleaning is easiest this way. While the grill is cool enough to touch, it makes it easier to scrub and remove food particles. Leaving it to cool with the burnt food stuffs on makes the job much more difficult. But again, washing your grill to get rid of left food particles and the ash out are very important, but the inside doesn’t have to be aridly oil-free. The seasoned black “dirty-looking” grate can help protect it between cooking, protecting and arming you against dreaded rust.

Like a good cast iron grill pan, regular grilling seasons the inside of the grill providing a good layer of seasoning which makes it easier to hold at a specific temperature over a very dry grill. If you have ever tried to use a regular grill as smoker to make some barbecue, you know how important this is. If you constantly want to get your grill grates super clean, start up a fire as normal, leaving the cooking grates off of the grill. Once the fire is blazing hot, cover the top side of the cooking grates with aluminum foil, then position the grate over the hot coals. Cover the grill and let the grates heat up for about five minutes. The foil traps in heat and super heats the bars, crumbling away burnt on food and grease.

If grilling provides for a wholesome diet, grilling the food in a clean grill provides maximum flavor …

PET Plastic Containers Vs PVC Plastic Containers – What’s The Difference? And Why You Should Care

Plastics come in many varieties and it can be difficult to figure out which types to use for our various needs. Seemingly similar, different types of plastics vary more than just in their names, but also drastically so when it comes to how they are produced and how they should best be utilized. Ways that may be unseen or unconscious to consumers or customers, can impact the product housed in or around the various types of plastics.

One common type of plastic is Polyvinyl chloride, familiar to many as PVC. This is a cheap plastic that is widely used in construction, and may often times be seen when creating pipes, hoses, cables, and roofing material.

Another type of plastic is called PET. PET, technically called Plyethylene terephthalate, is commonly used in packaging with containers for storage or food. PET is a lightweight and durable and ideal for use around a multitude of products such as food or nonperishable supplies.

Unlike PET, PVC actually breaks down with exposure to UV rays. PVC will break down over time regardless of sun exposure, and it also leaches chemical onto whatever it is in contact with. From the very beginning PVC emits dangerous compounds, and well after it is disposed of the material can still have negative impacts. PVC ends up either in landfills or incinerated. When burned PVC emits hydrogen chloride and dioxin gases that can be very harmful to everything around it.

Since PVC can add chemicals to whatever it comes into contact with, it would not be a safe option when storing or displaying food or edibles. Even products that are not edible may be harmed by the chemical output of PVC, and the product can be changed or damaged over long term exposure to PVC.

PET contains and UV stabilizer that makes it last through contact with the sun and UV rays. PET can be recycled and remade into future plastic containers or plastic items, and can also be remade into various new products such as clothing. PET also has a higher recycling rate than most types of plastics.

The recycling process of PET has minimal impact on the environment, and is very similar to the process behind recycling paper. No harmful gasses are emitted, and the PET containers can be completely remade into more PET containers, eliminating high levels of material loss through the process. Recycling PET is also easy to do, and can be deposited in most neighborhood recycling pickup deposits instead of complicated recycling procedures that can be a hassle.

PET is far more versatile than PVC. PET has no harmful impact on the variety of types of materials that may come into contact with it, whereas PVC should be limited to mainly industrial use in building or construction. PET is also much more environmentally friendly than PVC and can be recycled. PET also has more long term lasting power since it will not harm or alter materials stored in or around it over long periods of …

Packing For Your Sanibel Island Vacation

So you’re going to Sanibel Island, Florida on vacation! Congratulations! It will be a fun and relaxing vacation with many happy memories. But first, you need to pack all your stuff so you are prepared for your journey to paradise.

Most likely you are staying in a resort, cottage or condo which will be larger than a regular hotel room. Most of these units have a small kitchen area for your use. So let’s start with meals and snacks and what to bring regarding food and drinks.

I like to bring snacks and drinks with me so I don’t have to make a visit to the grocery store. Nothing says drudgery more than having to go to the grocery store while on vacation. So, I pack a box with breakfast items such as Pop-Tarts and Rice Krispie Treats! I also bring small individually wrapped snacks to munch on during the week. Examples are bring potato chips, cookies, peanuts etc. I like the food to be individually wrapped because it makes it easier to put the snacks in your beach bag. Also, south Florida is well known for having small black ants that like your food! Keeping your food sealed (I recommend zip-lock bags) will prevent food loss after an ant invasion!

I also bring a large quantity of water, juices and diet drinks. Place the drinks in the refrigerator as soon as you arrive and then you are set for the week.

Next, you need to think of what you need for the beach! Items to remember are your favorite chair, lounger, umbrella, sand digger and straw mats. Most of the hotels, condos and resorts provide chairs for you (some do not, so check beforehand). So many are not comfortable thus I prefer to bring my own chair with me. Remember to bring your beach bag with all the essentials, such as beach towels, visor, suntan lotion, water spray bottle, sunglasses, cover-up and a book or a magazine.

Next, what do to you pack to wear for a week on Sanibel Island? The best thing to remember is that the temperature will be comfortable most of the year, so heavy clothing is not needed. In the summer it can be hot, so think cool cottons. Shorts and short sleeve shirts are a must. Shorts and tops are fine for every restaurant. The restaurants are all casual (but no cut offs, flip flops or tee-shirts for the nicer places). Leave your suit, tie and dress at home. You probably will wear your swim suit most of the day. And I have gone to many restaurants wearing my swim suit under a cover-up for lunch (but don’t do it for dinner). It’s a resort-like atmosphere all over the island. Be comfortable and enjoy your vacation!

I would bring a light jacket for when it rains. It will help keep you dry as you dash to the vehicle. During the summer months, be prepared for monsoon-like rains during the afternoon and early evening …

Simple Considerations In Restaurant Design

Great food and outstanding customer service are the most frequently cited keys to restaurant success. While quality food and service are two foundations of a successful restaurant, good restaurant design is vital to customer gratification and long term success. Good interior design creates a beautiful and functional dining space that enhances customer’s enjoyment of meals and entices guests to return.

Creating an excellent dining experience for customers requires a balance of design, technical considerations and function. While planning the restaurant interior, consider the architecture and infrastructure of the building. Create a harmonious design by combining existing aspects of the structure with attention to detail in several key areas.


Begin by identifying the expectations of the restaurant’s target clientele. For example, fine dining customers may expect more space and privacy when dining than guests of more casual establishments. Families with children may prefer a relaxed environment that appeals to children. Understanding the needs of guests allows owners to develop a design that pleases customers.

Dining Room

When planning the dining room, consider the number of guests expected at peak meal hours. A good restaurant design will accommodate this number while maintaining customer comfort. Customers should be able to move around easily and dine without feeling crowded.

Create the right atmosphere by choosing furnishings, colors and lighting suited to the restaurant’s theme and clientele. An owner of a family friendly restaurant, for example, may choose bright colors and lighting to create an environment suited to children. Restaurants that cater to adults and fine dining often choose more subdued lighting and furnishings that create a more intimate environment.


Owners of restaurants that serve alcohol may benefit from creating a separate bar area. A bar serves as a place for guests to order a drink and relax while waiting to be seated. This area also allows single customers to sit for a meal without waiting for a table. In restaurants with heavy weekend traffic, the bar area should be as large as space allows.


A restaurant serving high quality meals requires a well-designed kitchen. The kitchen should be able to accommodate all necessary equipment along with all needed kitchen staff. Include areas for food preparation, storage and handling. Areas for handling shipments and washing dishes are also necessary. A well planned kitchen allows the restaurant to operate efficiently, ensuring customer satisfaction.


When space allows, a restaurant’s public restrooms should be able to accommodate several guests. Tables should be located away from restrooms or separated from them by partitions. If possible, employee restrooms should be located away from public restrooms.

Staff and Office Space

The restaurant layout should include a space for staff to store their personal belongings. A restaurant’s office should be a secure area suitable for storing money and important items or documents. Ideally, office space should be located in the back of the layout.

At all stages of restaurant planning, keep the customer’s needs and expectations in mind. Thoughtful attention to these details allows the restaurateur to create …

The Breville Kitchen Appliance Company – A Quick History

The Breville Radio company was established in Australia in 1932 and originally produced only radios. The name, Breville, was a combination of the surnames of the co-founders, Bill O’Brien and Harry Norville. During World War Two the company aided the war effort by manufacturing mine detectors. After the war, the radio business continued until one of the founders, Bill O’Brien, sensed a change coming in the shape of television and the radio business was sold, turning his attention to the world of small appliances.

Bill O’Brien led Breville until 1968 when he resigned his position as managing director and his son John O’Brien, took over. Under John’s leadership the Breville Research and Development Centre was founded and Breville flourished.

Breville has always been a major innovator and has led the way with many technical advances. During the 1970s, Breville produced the scissor-action sandwich toaster and the Kitchen Whiz food processor which revolutionised Australian kitchens – the sandwich toaster became one of the most successful product launches ever when it reached about 10{ccdfc561878e9246e1a18999d5a21dd519dc1b039f0564ab04c9b3978134babb} of Australian households in its first year of production, with an astounding 400,000 sales.

Breville has always used feedback from its customers to help improve its products and to introduce new appliances. Their success has not been limited to Australia with numerous overseas offices and awards to match. Breville now operates in over thirty countries, including the USA.

Breville was acquired by Housewares International who have continued to uphold Brevilles long-established standards. Breville today has an extensive product catalogue and its products can be found on shelves of electrical stores around the world. The company still holds true to its original values and always seeks to give its customers a satisfying experience.

Breville’s ikon range of products is a good sample of their current range. The ikon range includes blenders, toasters, a top-rated juicer and a cordless kettle. Of course, Breville has a far more extensive product range but this sub-range showcases some great looking, quality products all with truly useful features and benefits. From the moment you pick an appliance up the quality is evident. These are most definitely not appliances with that “planned obsolescence” feel.

Breville still has the same commitment to quality and customer which helped it establish and maintain a great position in the market for over seventy-eight years. Innovation and high standards will help keep Breville at the forefront for a long time to come.…

Ten Dangerous Dog Foods Your Shih Tzu (Or Any Other Dog For That Matter) Should Never Eat

You may like to spoil your dog and I certainly cannot blame you. With those loving eyes who can resist? But when it comes to the food you give your Shih Tzu you need to be careful, as you can harm your dog without even knowing it. Please go through this list and make sure you don’t feed your dog any of these foods. Some of the foods may even surprise you.

Fast Foods

Pizza, hamburgers and similar foods contain a lot of dead calories. It can add a lot of kilos to your mid riff and the same is true for your dog.  A small dog like a Shih Tzu does not have to eat a lot of junk food before the extra kilograms begin to show. Even worse, once your dog takes a liking to junk food, he may want it all the time and your dog will not get all the eating these type of foods can lead to malnutrition. Malnutrition and being overweight can have serious long term consequences to your dog’s health.


The ingredient in chocolate that is toxic to your dog is theobromine. It takes roughly 150mg per kilogram of body weight for theobromine to cause a toxic reaction. Bakers chocolate is the most dangerous because it contains 390mg theobromine per ounce. Semi sweet chocolate is less dangerous with Milk Chocolate being the least dangerous. Another reason to avoid chocolate is because it has been known to cause depression in dogs.


Onions contain thiosulphate that will lead to haemolytic anaemia. It means the red blood cells actually burst while circulating in the body. Scary!


Garlic is family of onions and will affect your dog in the same way, but to a lesser extent.


The poisonous ingredient in avocado is called persin. This can be found in the Avocado leaves, the fruit, the skin and the bark. Also be careful of products containing avocado oil.

Grapes and raisins

Grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. All it takes is a small amount, especially for such a small dog as a Shih Tzu. Be careful of foods like fruitcake.


The tomato plant is the most dangerous, but tomatoes can also be fatal. Tomatoes can cause heart arrhythmias and tremors.


The most common dangerous are coffee and tea. Caffeine can cause restlessness, vomiting and heart palpitations and can lead to eventual death if an overdose occurs. Caffeine has the same effect on dogs as humans meaning it affects the central nervous system and the cardiac system.

Chicken bones

Chicken bones can splinter and cause serious damage to your dogs digestive tract. For this reason it is better to avoid chicken bones. You should rather avoid all bones that have the ability to splinter.

Dairy Products

Like humans, a lot of dogs are lactose intolerant and it is better to avoid all dairy products. Dairy products are also one of the main causes of allergies in dogs.…

Food Brings People Together and at Its Essence is Love, Life and the Heart of Society

Food sustains life, yet it is so much more than something we need to nourish our bodies. Food at its essence is love, life and the heart of society. Food brings people together. It is the shared flavors of friendship and community. We like being with others enjoying the tastes and textures of food. Often through these shared experiences intimacy develops, memories exist and relationships thrive.

We fondly remember childhood food experiences, often wishing to duplicate those tastes that remind of us of home. Food is at the center of our sense of family and relationships. Certain aromas transport us back in time to the people and places we care about. We remember family picnics and food festivals.

No matter who we are or from which culture we come, every society gives careful thought to the daily preparation of meals for family, friends or even strangers. Food means love. This is true whether we are the cook or the one who eats.

Food is at the heart of society. We learn how to behave in society and interact with others in life based on the kind of eating ritual we experienced growing up. We are connected to others near and far through foods. We are interdependent because of global trade and commerce. The food on our tables comes from farmers everywhere throughout our planet.

Food, more than any other element in society, binds us together. Our lives are emotionally impacted by food production around the world. In some countries, people go hungry, while in others, people suffer illness caused by an over abundance of food.

A 13th-century Buddhist leader-philosopher, Nichiren, while in exile, wrote in a letter thanking a follower for sending him food: “Rice is not simply rice, it is life itself.” Food is life itself. It is our link with each other. Food is love, life and at the heart of society. Fittingly, the foods that are best for our bodies are also best for our society.…