CatCov's Snail Treats
I designed these while on a quest for a really simple, low-cost, low-hassle snail food recipie that could be made in small quantities (so that you can test out new flavors or feed a single beloved snail).
1 can of baby food (4-6 oz)
1 tsp+ fish food (may be omitted)
Calcium/vitamin supplements (may be omitted)
1 packet (= 1 tablespoon) unflavored gelatin
You can select any fish food and any flavor of baby food that you like. A popular combination in my tank right now is "Bananas & Spirulina."
Gerber also makes Pink Guava baby food that the snails find very alluring.
This is a good way to feed fish foods that are good for snails but don't sink, like freeze-dried shrimp, or fish foods that have a strong smell when cooked in other recipies. You can mix in much more than a teaspoon of fish food, and including the ingredients of a "snail trail mix" instead of a single fish food would make this snail treat more nutritionally complete.
Open the baby food and pour it into a small bowl. Heat the baby food in the microwave for 60 seconds (caution, it will be very hot).
Stir in the unflavored gelatin (add it slowly to avoid unsightly clumps of gelatin; don't use a blender or you risk creating air bubbles that will make it float).
Add calcium supplements and vitamins if you have/want them. Stir thoroughly.
Pour this mixture into a dish with a flat bottom (tupperware-type containers work well; if you are doubling or tripling this recipie, you might consider a pie pan).* Fold in your fish food(s) if you are adding any.
Refrigerate for several hours, then return and cut into cubes.
One jar of baby food yields a good handful of snail treats. Keep them refrigerated until serving. These sink and hold up pretty well in the tank, but as with any food, large uneaten portions should be removed after the snails have finished.
*You can use an ice cube tray to create big treats for a tank full of snails. No slicing is needed in this case.