The Repashy product line is only new to New Zealand. It was invented in 1995.
The Repashy products were invented for use at the Sandfire Dragon Ranch in their breeding programs, initially for Bearded Dragons, Geckos and Whites tree frogs.
Frog breeders then started to trial the foods on fish, and in 2010 the formal range of fish formula gel foods were released.
Repashy Gels use no artificial food colourings or flavours.
Repashy Gels utilize low temperature gelling agents and does not require a full boil for long periods like gelatin or agar. It requires about 85 degree C for only a few minutes to induce gel formation. This prevents nutrient degradation, especially compared to the typical high-heat processes of pellet extrusion or hot drum flaking, which produce the very high heat/steam required to activate starch and gluten based binders.
Because the gel agents are plant based they do not require refrigeration in order to set.
Repashy Gels are thermo-reversible, meaning if you don’t get a firm gel due to insufficient temperature, you can just reheat and set it again.
Water soluble vitamins and nutrients are locked in the gel matrix and remain stable until broken down in the digestive tract.
All formulas contain stabilised vitamin C.
The gel compounds only take up 5% of the weight of the product. Typical flake and pellet formulas contain up to 20% binders and often contain additional fillers.
Repashy uses only the highest quality, whole-animal ingredients available: whole fish (e.g. sardine/anchovy), whole squid, and whole krill form the backbone of the fish food except in the vegan formulas, which mainly contain algae (chlorella/spirulina/schizochytrium/kelp) and green plant proteins from green peas and alfalfa leaves.
Repashy Gels use no terrestrial animal proteins.
The gel foods are 100% free of starch or gluten binders and gelatin. NO fish meal, fish oil, terrestrial meat or soy proteins, or binders such as wheat middling, wheat gluten, wheat flour, corn meal, corn starch, or other cereal starches, or other ingredients that are industry by-products.
Repashy Gels contain no soy products. Soy contains high levels of trypsin inhibitors (an enzyme necessary to absorb proteins) and isoflavones, which are estrogen-like compounds.
Repashy Gels all contain a combination of more than six high carotenoid ingredients (in the form of our famous “SuperPig” premix) providing a full spectrum of carotenoids. Levels range from 250 ppm to over 500 ppm total carotenoids and are the highest in the industry.
Most fish foods contain ample amounts of wheat, corn, or soy to hold the food together and add cheap protein content but they can cause bloat. And many gel foods contain up to 20% gelatin, an irreversibly hydrolyzed form of collagen, to gel the food.
When the typical label reads 30-50% protein, over half may be collagen or gluten, which is the most commonly used binder in flake and pellets. Both proteins, gluten and collagen affect the nutritional analysis and misrepresent the amount of high-quality, bio-available protein in a product. These poorly digestible proteins, as well as starch binders, can contribute to water fouling, can cause intestinal blockage, prevent the absorption of other nutrients, and can promote the occurrence of bloat all the while costing you money and not feeding your fish.
Repashy Gels will remain stable in water for 24-48 hours, which promotes natural grazing compared to the “binge and purge” environment created using once or twice a day feeding with flakes or pellets. Slow feeding permits a naturally slow digestion process which is not possible when feeding large amounts and allowing the stomach to empty between feedings.
Repashy Gels are a very effective way to orally medicate fish. The gel can be heated to the required temperature, and the medication can be mixed in as the gel cools, before it becomes firm. This reduces temperature damage to medications. The medication will remain locked in the gel. This permits direct intestinal delivery, which is vastly superior to medicating the water.
We truly believe that this line will change the way that people look and think about fish feeding. We do not believe that this new range of foods will replace flake or pellet food for all applications, but we think you will find it a great compliment, and believe there are applications where it will become the number one choice.
Just to finish off; how do you pronounce Repashy? Repashy is pronounced Re-pash-e