Jimbo’s Gumbo is a new line fish foods with the tagline “Straight out of the water,” that bills itself as a superfood for fish. The Virginia-based company leverages its close proximity to Chesapeake Bay to utilize the freshest ingredients in its food.
The food uses locally sourced seafood processed using state of the art stainless steel equipment in temperature controlled conditions, and flash frozen to ensure maximum freshness. There are no trisodium phosphate (TSP) sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP), common preservatives used in seafood (that also add phosphates into your system), to ensure they are as close to “straight out of the water” as possible.
Besides fresh seafood, Jimbo’s Gumbo has added amino acids in the food via organic goji berries. The superfruit contains 18 amino acids as well as antioxidants, they help with digestion, anti-inflammatory, etc., without adding oils and other things that impede on your water quality. The Jimbo’s Gumbos also contain astaxanthin-rich haematococcus pluvialis giving fish a super saturated color as well as other vegetables, DHS and other healthy things fish crave.
“I believe the ocean is in peril so if we’re going to continue this hobby we need to give our pets the best healthiest diet they deserve,” said Jimbo founder Jimi Casper. “Using locally sourced seafood without the tri-sodium sulfate cost three times more but so do your saltwater fishes and coral. We want to ensure your investments stay healthy and happy.”
The high-quality frozen fish food is available in three blends, Reef Gumbo (for reef and coral tanks), Fish Gumbo (mainly for medium sized fish) and the Chunky Gumbo (for predator tanks or those that are DIY blenders).
“We are super lucky in that our proximity to some of the world’s best seafood companies are here in the Chesapeake Bay, so within hours of being processed we have sustainable fresh seafood,” added Casper. “We also were proactive on adding batch numbers on the packaging that will tell the date of manufacture so you can pick it up from the store and see how fresh it is according to the date.”
Curious about those numbers on the label? They are actually the map coordinates for the Chesapeake Bay to pay homage to the region and its abundance of quality seafood.
Jimbo’s came about when Casper built a greenhouse and started raising clownfish somewhat commercially. Needing a better food with higher DHA levels for the broodstock, he began talking to other breeders that were making their own foods. Through the years and after owning his own shop, he finally perfected the blends. After trying it out on lots of different fishes and see the feeding responses, he knew he had a winner.
They may be a bit more expensive than other brands, but the old adage “you get what you pay for” definitely rings true here. You can grab some Jimbo’s Gumbo for $9.99 for the 4 oz. and $19.99 and 8 oz. package.