Making beef heart mix

Since I am hoping to receive discus soon, I decided to make a small batch of beef heart mix for them. I do not have any set recipes to use, just make up whatever I have at home. Since this mix is aimed at young fish, I used decapsulated brine shrimp, Spirulina, spinach and garlic. Some people even add extra vitamins to fish food, although I did not because I feed a range of other foods which should provide a well balanced diet between them.


  • Type: fish food
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 500g


  • 50 g spinach
  • 20 g decapsulated brine shrimp
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 250 g beef heart (fat, arteries, veins and lining removed)
  • 30 g Spirulina
  • gelatin (enough to make up 500 ml)
  • water


  1. Soak the spinach in boiling water until it becomes soft
  2. Rehydrate the decapsulated brine shrimp
  3. Cut up the beef heart and spinach into small pieces
  4. Mince the garlic (I use a garlic press for this)
  5. Place spinach, brine shrimp, garlic, beef heart and Spirulina into a blender, mixing until it forms a smooth paste (some people prefer to use a mincer)
  6. Make up the gelatin with 250 ml of water and add into the blender
  7. Mix the gelatin into the paste
  8. Place mixture into containers to chill before freezing (I used 10 10×15 cm grip-lock bags, placing approximately two large tablespoons into each bag)
  • Author: Ekaterina Gerasimova
  • Published: 14th February 2012

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