Feed dealer got in my Aquamax MVP feed today and thought I would take a picture for those that might not have seen what it looks like. MVP is their new product that is of the Aquamax family but with multiple pellet sizes in one bag instead of one single size pellet like the rest.
In first picture, feed on left is AM Largemouth, in middle is AM MVP and on the right is a mix of AM500 and AM600. Notice pellet sizes.
Second picture is AM400 on the left and AM MVP on the right. Wish I had some Optimal to have put in the pictures but already fed what I had.
Got some new feed in yesterday so thought I would take some pictures and share them, in case anyone is interested.
Using Aquamax 500 as the standard size with Optimal Bluegill, Junior, Large Mouth, and Hand Toss for comparison.
If you have a cat or a friend (or in my case daughter) with a cat and they use Tidy Cat litter buckets, two of the buckets will hold most of a 40# bag of Optimal or three will hold a 50# Aquamax bag. Mouse proof and keeps the feed fresh. Have them save them for you. They work well for various things around the pond.
For larger amounts my preferred fish food storage is plastic barrels with lids as in the next to last picture. Trash cans also work pretty well. Keeps the rodents, cats, dogs and coons out of it and keeps air from it so it stays fresh till it is fed. I store extra feed in these over the winter.
Edit 4-22-2018: added Optimal Starter #4 2.5mm - the last picture.
Hey snrub thanks for the info!! Wish I would have found this yesterday. Great info!
I may have to buy a bucket of tidy cats just for the bucket. That would be PERFECT in the back seat of my truck so I can hand toss when I'm walking around the pond!
As for storage...our show calf, horse, and chicken feeds are in trash cans...MY fish food stays in the house under the stairs! Once we had the horses get in the yard and up on the front porch...had my new optimal there also. It was in a can...with a bungee mind you...horse knocks it over...gets lid off...spreads it out all over the porch...but never eats a bite. I was not happy that day. Guess they don't like the smell and taste of fish. lol
After that, the feed stays away from any possible accidents. lol.
.. I may have to buy a bucket of tidy cats just for the bucket. That would be PERFECT in the back seat of my truck so I can hand toss when I'm walking around the pond!
I use the Tidy cat buckets for my Optimal chow as well. They work great! I also use them for bird seed, garden fertilizer, ice melt, grass seed, etc. Dang handy! I've got a bunch of extra ones. Thought I would put them at the end of the driveway this summer with a "Free Bucket" sign.
John, where did you purchase the Optimal feed from? I like the looks of the Hand Throw, and I bet that my HSB would tear it up.
This particular batch I got directly from Optimal web site. When I ordered it they had some specials where if you ordered a couple of different types of feed together there was a discount. I took advantage of that to try some different size feeds. I suspect that was the focus of their program, to get users to try some of the newer pellet sizes.
Iíve said this several times before but will repeat again.... the customer service and people at Optimal are second to none. I donít know enough about fish food to say if itís the best or not, but the customer service and peace of mind received by using their product is worth any extra money that it may cost (and it doesnít cost me any more than any of the other feeds).
Iím using Optimal with good results and have no reason to change. Purine went through some problems that I hear have been corrected. Lusk uses Purina and his fish are doing very well. Some of us visited him last year and some fished using Stubby Steveís. His BG are are, as would be expected, also doing well. To me, both are premium feeds.
It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.
Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.
Boy, if I say "sic em", you'd better look for something to bite. Sam Shelley Rancher and Farmer Muleshoe Texas 1892-1985 RIP
We feed Cargill, Optimal, and Purina. All are targeted at either different sizes or species of fish. Dave's right, all are premium foods, and it's a great time for pond owners. It's awfully nice to have options.
I feed Purena and Optimal and have no problem with either feed. Purena is a little more economical but I have had real issues getting it. I have been feeding some AM500 because that is what the dealer got in but I have had MVP ordered for over a month now and no show.
Edit: I added a new picture under the Optimal feeds compared to AM500 in an above post. It is Optimal Starter #4 2.5mm