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I tried the new ELOS Fresco Food in My Aquastudio

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as you probably already all know. I'm also the owner of an ELOS Aquastudio in Nice'' french riviera " and I've tried out these tinned alternatives to frozen fish foods, and gets a pleasant surprise.


I completely misjudged what was going to be in these tins, and how good it all was. At a glance, I expected some kind of dry food, freeze dried inverts, maybe.

Then I spied the fork on top of each tin, and my mind turned to tuna lunch kits from supermarkets — those premium tins they offer that nobody ever seems to buy.

Opening up the tins was like uncovering some ancient secret. Inside each one is densely packed, perfectly preserved wet food.

Let me dwell on the quality here, because it’s exceptional. My biggest gripe with frozen foods is that they become damaged in storage. When I get a blister pack of, say, Artemia, there’ll be bits of shell, torn off legs, stray heads and so on. Once defrosted and in the tank, it’s making a mess.

With the tinned equivalent, there is zero transport and preservation damage. I imagine I could go through the whole 100g with tweezers, extracting one brine shrimp at a time, and each one would be perfectly formed.

As well as being perfectly formed, they’re perfectly coloured too. There’s nothing anaemic about the way the contents have been stored.

They all smell great too. There’s nothing pungent or ‘dead’ emanating from the tins. To all intents and purposes, they could all be asleep and not dead, they look that fresh.

To be sure, it isn’t all plain sailing. ELOS with Fresco Food makes a curious claim with the packaging. ‘Double the quality of frozen food’ is how it’s worded, and after brooding on it, on and off for a week, I’ve still no idea what that means. How do we quantify quality?

Another claim is ‘will not cloud aquarium water’, which just sounds like a challenge to me. Give me ten tubs of it, a nano tank, hold my drink and watch what I can do…

However, they can claim a somewhat exclusive take on sterilising the food, using their ‘heat steam technology’ as an alternative to the radiation favoured by some other
brands’ foods.

Out of the tin, ELOS Fresco assures food that is virus, fungus, bacteria and parasite free — so you’re feeding something as nutritious as live food with zero associated risk.

Each tin is 100g, but it looks a lot more once you open it up and start using it. It’s like noodles from a Chinese takeaway — the more you consume, the more it seems to grow.

You can reseal the lids with a plastic preserver (supplied) and keep it in a fridge after opening, I it can be stored in the fridge for 10 days before a color change of the artemia.

Value wise, that makes each tin slightly pricier than an equivalent packet of quality frozen food, But personally I prefer the consistency of this by a long way. Whereas my frozen foods always feel mulchy once defrosted, these are as firm as it gets.

The only thing I would say is that the bloodworm are huge things, compared to most of the flimsy, skinny things I get sold. I watched some mid-sized Synchiropus Splendidus try to eat them, and eventually give up because they couldn’t fit them in their mouths. Perfect for bigger Angels and big sturgeon though.

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Verdict
If you use a lot of fresh foods but struggle with the availability of live, then stock up on these. Your fish will thoroughly enjoy them.

Price: 100g MSPR $13.50 each. MAP $9.99
 
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Getting ready to try the cyclopes and shrimps 4/13/19
 

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Over the last few weeks, I have added first fish (and probably only) to my Biocube 32. First a high fin goby (LOVE) that took about 2 weeks to get more comfortable with me. Was happily eating tiny shrimp pellets after they soaked through and dropped into his space. Then, yesterday evening I added a yasha goby/snapping shrimp, and a biota green mandarin (Live Aquaria shipped.) The yasha hid under a rock immediately. The mandy fluttered to the sand bed and I was seriously worried it was dead. I searched and searched forums and find that that's pretty normal? 12-24 hours of just chilling next to the glass on the sand bed (SOOOOO tiny!!)

This morning the hi fin was more social than ever! The yasha and shrimp no where to be seen (ugh, but expected.) And the biota mandarin? It was out in the open til I walked near the tank and it fluttered into the rockwork (still in sight, but felt safer I guess.) Anyway, I killed the pumps and went to take a shower while the water slowed to a standstill.

I had the Elos Cyclops I won in a raffle at Frag Farmers Market in CT this spring. Today, I decided to open it. Just like described above! WOW! Impressive! Soooo hi fin is waiting for breakfast (we have a great target feeding routine...) and I just dipped the tip of the barbie sized spoon that came with my shrimp pellets into the cyclops. I then gently swished it in the area the high fin was chilling in. It broadcast pretty quickly, and some started to sink near the high fin he went bananas chasing and eating it. He LOVED IT! I also noticed my corals polyps and LPS feeders extended.. they liked it too. I finally located the yasha, and I did see it pick off a few bits that came very very near his hiding spot (less than 12 hours past adding him to the tank.)

I sat there for a good while watching, it does fall very very very slowly and with animals that feed near the sand it took a while to get to them. Anyway, I watched the mandarin scoot around and nipped a bit here and there off the rocks. Some may have been living pods, but there were a few pieces of the ELOS cyclops that I know he ate.

That said... I do think I'll buy it, but the tin is way too big to use up in 10 days, I wish they made smaller cans (less waste.) Maybe in a box with 3 smaller pouches inside (keeping with the tuna theme!) I bet I won't use 10% of it, and that's a high estimate. I do only have a few tiny fish to feed. The biggest is maybe an inch and a half lol But I love my corals clearly liked it too. And my biota mandy! YAY!! Even in my 180 with lots of big fish, anemones, corals and inverts I don't think I could have used this tin in 10 days. I wish I had reefer friends to share with lol
 
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That said... I do think I'll buy it, but the tin is way too big to use up in 10 days, I wish they made smaller cans (less waste.) Maybe in a box with 3 smaller pouches inside (keeping with the tuna theme!) I bet I won't use 10% of it, and that's a high estimate. I do only have a few tiny fish to feed. The biggest is maybe an inch and a half lol But I love my corals clearly liked it too. And my biota mandy! YAY!! Even in my 180 with lots of big fish, anemones, corals and inverts I don't think I could have used this tin in 10 days. I wish I had reefer friends to share with lol
Thank you very much for this super detailed and passionate feedback.
it is true that the can may be too big or too small for other aquariums... each one will have a different use.
you can be given ELOS Fresco Cyclops in larger quantities without really worrying about overdosing or excessive nutrients. For sure don't give all the can in one time in a 32 gallons.
in your case I recommend you to freeze some of the openings of the can so as not to lose too much of the nutritional quality of the products by oxidation.
 

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I realize this is an old thread... but I just found it. I won three can, one of each type, in a raffle at a coral show. I was skeptical at first, but once I opened the can and actually used the food I realized what a great product it was.

I've used the entire can of cyclops, about half a can of the blood worms and I just opened a can of the brine shrimp. The quality of these foods is great. They look and smell really fresh. I kept the cyclops in my fridge for a little over two weeks, and didn't notice any deterioration in quality. They looked, and smelled just as fresh as when I opened the can. All my fish love all three cans.

The first three might have been free, but I will be purchasing more when my two remaining cans run out.
 
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I realize this is an old thread... but I just found it. I won three can, one of each type, in a raffle at a coral show. I was skeptical at first, but once I opened the can and actually used the food I realized what a great product it was.

I've used the entire can of cyclops, about half a can of the blood worms and I just opened a can of the brine shrimp. The quality of these foods is great. They look and smell really fresh. I kept the cyclops in my fridge for a little over two weeks, and didn't notice any deterioration in quality. They looked, and smelled just as fresh as when I opened the can. All my fish love all three cans.

The first three might have been free, but I will be purchasing more when my two remaining cans run out.
thank you for this reply . you can stock in the fridge after opening for over 2 a 3 weeks .
if you need more you can find online or with all our retailers .
 

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