Masstick is a blend of diverse, all natural, self-production, highly technical compounds, providing natural and balanced nutrition for omnivorous fish and marine invertebrates.
Masstick is comprised of raw materials of marine origin. It does not contain attractants, artificial preservatives or synthesis products.
Masstick does not contain animal or vegetable compounds of land origin, or from sweet water.
Masstick is a self-adhesive paste in a powder formula, ready for rehydration with water. Once it is rehydrated, it can be stuck to any surface of the aquarium, depending on the animals’ needs.
The rehydratable powder formula allows Masstick to be blended with any mollusc or crustacean pulp as well as eggs from fish, molluscs and crustaceans, artemia, mysids, copepods, rotifers and medicines that are administered orally.
Once prepared and introduced into the aquarium, Masstick does not disperse into the water for hours, so it can be completely taken advantage of by fish and crustaceans. This feature allows the product to be used as “ad libitum” or rationed feeding.
Because Masstick is comprised mainly of freeze-dried crustaceans, it does not contain fish skeletons and is thus very low in phosphates compared to its protein content.
Add Masstick to osmosis water in a 1 to 0.5 ratio. Example: Mix 14 g. of Masstick with 7 ml. of osmosis water. Knead in a small ziplock bag until a homogenous mixture is obtained. The most adequate proportion is 2 grams of Masstick with 1 gram (1 ml.) of osmosis water.
Once the mixture is homogenous, Masstick may be used immediately or frozen for later use. If freezing Masstick, it should be used within five weeks after preparation.
Instructions for use:
Take a portion of Masstick and stick it on a rock, a branched coral skeleton, or the aquarium glass (preferably on the lower third), or depending on the food-obtaining habits of the animals in the aquarium.
Can I increase the proportion of water to prepare Masstick?
The recommended proportion is 2 to 1 and is the correct amount to make a hard paste that can adhere to the aquarium glass. This property allows the food to be consumed over a longer amount of time so that all fish have the opportunity to feed. However, it makes the preparation slightly more difficult and time-consuming.
We can increase water approximately by 10% to facilitate preparation. We will obtain a softer consistency.
Amounts over 15% will make the paste too watery, therefore losing its ability to adhere.
Why should I use osmosis water to prepare Masstick?
Osmosis water makes the rehydrating process easier and quicker because it has less surface tension and, therefore increased humectant capacity. Osmosis water is free from odours that may inhibit the appetite of the fish.
Can I use tap water?
Water from the tap that is adequate for human consumption can smell of chlorine, which is a deterrent for fish, and also contains small quantities of elements that are not recommended for aquarium reefs (copper, nitrate, phosphate, etc.).
Can I use aquarium water to prepare Masstick?
It should not be used if you are going to freeze the unused portion of the product because aquarium water contains bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc. that may affect conservation. Aquarium water has decrease humectant properties because its surface tension is higher. This makes it more difficult to prepare Masstick.
Can I freeze Masstick?
Yes. We recommend you freeze the unused portion immediately after you prepare it. You can separate the mixture and freeze it separately in the aluminimum bags in which the product is presented. Masstick remains fresh up to 5 weeks after freezing at -18ºC.
Should I vary my fish’s diet with other products?
It is not necessary. The natural origin and lyophilisation of the ingredients in Masstick guarantee an optimum nutritional profile for our marine animals. Lyophilisation of ingredients preserves the vitamins, nutrients and essential bioactive compounds that are present in live food.
ow much Masstick should I give my fish daily?
The amount varies depending on species, size, age, behaviour, etc. A correct amount would be approximately 1-2% of the animal’s weight with respect to its size and age. The general feeding guideline is to place a certain amount of paste in several areas of the aquarium and observe if it is consumed in the following 30 minutes. You can increase or decrease the amount depending on the amount consumed.
How do I administer Masstick?
It is important to place the food in various areas of the aquarium to ensure all the fish have access to it at the same time.
How should Masstick be sticked?
You will obtain optimum results if you take portions approximately 1-1.5 grams and squeeze them strongly against the glass, forming a thin layer.
Can I add medicines to Masstick?
Yes, both in powder and liquid form. In both cases, you should readjust, by increasing or decreasing, the amount of water for the blend. Masstick, because it appeals to fish, has proved to be an invaluable tool for the oral treatment of sick or debilitated fish.
Can Masstick be used to feed corals?
Yes, for both LPS corals and azooxanthellate corals. You can provide small portions as food for corals like Cinaryna, Caulastrea, Tubastrea, Dendrophylia, etc., or you can mix it with aquarium water to create a “soup” and spread it on azooxanthellate corals with small polyps like Menella, Guaiagorgia, Minabea, etc.
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