Leave it to the hippies of Colorado’s New Belgium Brewery to think of making fish food from the brewing by-products of classic beers like Fat Tire and Sunshine Wheat. Nowadays, most of the fish food which is used in commercial food fish aquaculture is made from other fish. The problem with this scenario is that for every pound of edible fish produced, you need 3 pounds of fish meal to grow it. At this rate it is easy to see that raising fish on much more fish is hardly sustainable. Although not the first project of it’s kind, the Thinking-Cap wearers at New Belgium plan to make a high protein meal for fish from the brewing sludge which normally is just thrown away. Don’t expect New Belgium and New Life to partner up for an ornamental fish food deal anytime soon but if the food comes in a Fat Tire can, that is all we need to know.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.