Beefheart has long been known to be one of the most healthy and nutritious foods for your fish. It is high in protein and helps your young fish grow quickly, keeps them in top condition, and will get your adult fish into top breeding condition. There are countless articles and recipes on the Internet that explain the nutritional value of beefheart as a fish food, And while no one disputes the nutritional value of Beefheart, anyone who has ever tried to make beefheart themselves will tell you that it can a real pain!
Our Beefheart Mix is the culmination of over six years of research and experimentation. We began making our Beefheart Mix for our personal use in our fish room. After a couple of years, we entered into a business opportunity with California Blackworms to make and ship our frozen product to them. At the peak of our production, we were producing and shipping approximately 50 pounds of frozen Beefheart Mix a week to California! This is when we really began to fine-tune our formula. In order to keep up with the demand, we purchased several industrial quality machines to mix the beefheart. While we were shipping Beefheart Mix to California Blackworms, we also began to sell the mix to our walk-in customers. It became so popular (with the fish at least), that our customers began referring to it as “Fish Crack.”
By the time we stopped producing Beefheart Mix for California Blackworms, we had developed a great product, had the equipment necessary to produce a large quantity of Beefheart Mix, and had a good customer base. The next logical step for us was to produce enough to sell. Currently, we produce about 80-100 pounds of frozen Beefheart Mix every month.
Our frozen Beefheart Mix is not just straight beefheart like that offered for sale at local pet shops, but as the name suggests, it is a special blend of lean Beefheart, Shrimp, Seaweed, Menhaden Oil, Spirulina, Garlic, (and a few other things) along with a variety of vitamins and supplements (NO hormones are ever added) that are high in protein and will maintain your fish in excellent health. We feed this to all of our fish including our discus, angelfish, apistogrammas, acaras, and rams. Not only is our Beefheart Mix great for your adult fish, but our discus fry as young as three weeks old will attack this food! The main difference between our mix and most commercially available Beefheart is that our Beefheart Mix is much more finely ground than commercially available beefheart, (not to mention that it cost about 50% less). But don’t take our word for it. You can view the videos of our discus fry on our web site.
We are currently selling about 60-80 pounds of frozen Beefheart Mix a month, (the rest we use ourselves). Each package is carefully blended and frozen in 1# vacuum-sealed freezer bags to guarantee freshness and ensure a long freezer life. Our frozen Beefheart Mix sells for $10 per pound, and is available for local pick-up.
Shipping: We recently began shipping our Beefheart Mix to a select area of the country via FedEx Home Delivery (Zone 1). We are able to ship up to 5# of frozen Beefheart Mix anywhere in FedEx Zone 1 (which includes Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, and parts of Minnesota) for $12. Additional pounds may be added for only a few dollars additional. The reason(s) we don’t ship to the rest of the country at this time are:
- Our Beefheart Mix is a frozen product and it is important to get the product delivered to you as quickly as possible. When using FedEx within Zone 1, we can guarantee that you will receive the Beefheart Mix the following day for a very reasonable rate ($12). When shipping anywhere outside of Zone 1, not only does the cost increase, but it will take a minimum of 2 days to arrive. Not good for a frozen product.
- We did some on research shipping with dry ice.Dry ice (or carbon dioxide solid, UN 1845) is considered a dangerous good/hazardous material for air transport and requires special handling. Shippers are also required to have function-specific dangerous goods training as outlined in 49CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) 172.700. Dry ice costs approximately $1 per pound, and FedEx recommends using between 5 and 10 pounds of dry ice per day in transit. Again, this would make shipping costs prohibitive as not only would you have to pay for the cost of the dry ice, but the extra weight would also increase the actual shipping charges.
If you are interested in purchasing some of our Beefheart Mix, and think you live in Zone 1, (or aren’t sure), just send us an e-mail and let us know how many pounds you were interested in buying, and include your zip code. We’ll get back to you ASAP and let you know if we can ship to your location. If it works, we will send you an invoice through PayPal and we’ll handle the rest. Most of the time, we can ship the following day. Unfortunately, we cannot ship Beefheart Mix in the same box as your fish are shipped in. The fish need to stay warm, while the Beefheart Mix needs to stay frozen. If they shipped in the same box, neither would arrive in good shape!
Feeding Instructions: Beefheart Mix should be fed to your fish frozen. DO NOT THAW PRIOR TO FEEDING! Generally, we will cut a half pound of Beefheart into small ¼” by ¼” pieces and store them in the freezer in a small Gladware/Margarine container. That way, when it’s time to feed the fish, you can just take the container out of the freezer and feed it to your fish without having to cut it up each time. The unused portion should be kept in a tightly sealed zip-top bag in the freezer to prevent freezer burn. When feeding adult fish, the pieces can be dropped on the surface of the water. For juvenile discus less than 2”, we will take a ½” by ½“piece and stick it to the inside of the glass (as shown in the video). The juveniles will pick at it and eventually pull it off the glass, but then they will swarm it on the way down. Rarely will any of the beefheart make it to the bottom.
We start feeding our juvenile discus frozen Beefheart Mix when they are between 3-4 weeks old and they really thrive on it.