How many packages of fish food are in your freezer? How clean is the food after thawing? Are your fish and coral getting everything they require from these foods? How long does it take you to feed? We have found the solution to these and many other questions by using Larry’s Reef Services, LLC “Frenzy” foods.
LRS Frenzy foods have been quite the hype on social media sites for a while now. Many of their customers are so pleased with the food that they say that they will never feed another product to their fish again. We have viewed various videos of people feeding LRS foods to their fish and coral, and the fish do in fact seem to go into a “frenzy” as soon as the food hits the water. This food is said to be created using primarily Carolina sourced seafood and so fresh even people are eating it.
We finally decided to see this food in action for ourselves. So I contacted Larry DuPont, the owner of LRS Foods. A couple of days later our very own LRS Frenzy foods were sitting on our doorstep! We immediately opened the insulated cooler and discovered the food to be very neatly packaged and still frozen, just as it should be. We began to take a look at each blend available from LRS and noticed the chunks of seaweed in one of the blends. Along with the foods there where feeding instructions and a break down of what each blend contained. Each blend also now includes probiotics, which they claim is an industry first for a frozen fish food. Their website explains the benefits of probiotics and it seems to be creating quite a “buzz” in the hobby.
Fish Frenzy, their base blend, contains more than enough nutrients to supplement your fish. Even though it is their base blend, it’s not like other diets where all you get is a single ingredient. This blend contains: shrimp, scallops, perch, whitefish, mysis shrimp, krill, tuna, squid, oysters, pressed garlic juice, and highly unsaturated fatty acids.
Herbivore Frenzy, as its name suggests, is the blend that targets fish which graze and eat macroalgaes. This diet includes everything the Fish Frenzy diet contains with the addition of green/purple seaweed, sea lettuce, blanched broccoli flowers, and blanched carrot slivers. The broccoli flowers and carrots are rich in vitamins A&D and the blanching aids digestion, according to Larry.
The famous Reef Frenzy is a blend that is very rich in nutrients. It is a merge of both Fish Frenzy and Herbivore Frenzy but it also includes other ingredients that make it beneficial for corals and inverts to consume. Rotifers, zooplankton, and Area 51-Phytoplankton are the additional ingredients that make Reef Frenzy a complete diet for both fish and coral.
Feeding time at last! Reef frenzy was our blend of choice to start, as we wanted to feed both our fish and corals. We began by thawing the food in roughly an inch of tank water per LRS directions. We chose to break apart the food with a fork, leaving a variety of larger and smaller chunks to target different sized fish. After breaking up the food, we noticed the water in the container remained very clear. This is incredible with the amount of ingredients available in this blend.
Upon feeding the tank, the response of the fish was quite impressive. The clowns, as usual, quickly swam out of the RBTA to snag up some food. Our various cardinals and chromis were happy to join them. Impressively, our Randall’s goby left the safety of his pistol shrimp buddy and burrow to quickly eat before remembering he was needed back home. In the past, this fish has almost never left its burrow, even during feeding. We noticed both of our dragonets acting very differently, swimming around frantically as if they were looking for something. They seemed to know that food was available, but couldn’t figure out where it was. This was not surprising, as they are fairly new to the tank and have not eaten anything that has been offered thus far.
By this time the coral polyps were extended. Also to our surprise, our newly acquired Tubastrea had its feeding tentacles out, so we made it happy with some spot feeding. The pumps were shut off as began to spot feed our corals. They eagerly ate and some even came back out for seconds. The anemones also responded well to this food, as they ate what was given to them, unless the clowns where nearby to steal their food.
The tank remained fairly clear with little to no signs that food was put in the aquarium. There were only a few chunks of food that were missed, but our hermit crabs and snails quickly began eating them. Fifteen or twenty minutes after feeding, not a single piece of food could be spotted.
While our fish accept other foods, we don’t feel like they are complete diets. In the search for that perfect blend, we as aquarist sometimes go as far as making our own foods. This is a daunting task: searching for all the ingredients to make the food, blending the ingredients together, making sure we have a healthy blend for all of our inhabitants, and storing it. After experiencing LRS foods first hand, we truly believe this is the closest you can get to DIY foods without having to do it yourself. LRS goes to great lengths and expense to source the freshest ingredients without supermarket preservatives, which is also a benefit. LRS is a well balanced diet with the essential nutrients both our fish and corals need to thrive. Now you do not need a list of all the frozen foods needed to feed your aquarium, because LRS conveniently has a blend suited for any type of marine aquarium. From a FOWLR to a full blown reef. I believe that from now on I will feed LRS foods and LRS foods only. Why, you ask? Because now feeding time will not only be quicker and cleaner, it will also be a time to fully enjoy.
And be sure to stay tuned for a video of the fish in action.