Tips & Hints

Fish
  • The benefits of feeding San Francisco Bay Brand® fish foods
    • All natural No fillers, no dyes
    • Highly nutritious
    • Our natural ingredients retain appearance and scent to entice finicky eaters
    • Free of harmful parasites and unwanted bacteria
    • Our high quality control exceeds industry standards
    • Convenient packaging/easy to use
    • For over 40 years San Francisco Bay Brand® has been widely recognized as the food of choice for fresh and saltwater fish
  • The advantages in feeding frozen fish foods
    • All natural no fillers, no dyes
    • Our product uses algin as a binder, a natural product derived from algae
    • Frozen foods allow fish to feed at their natural feeding levels
    • Our natural ingredients retain appearance and scent to entice finicky eaters
    • Free of harmful parasites and unwanted bacteria
    • Convenient packaging/easy to use
    • Better water quality in the aquarium due to a smaller amount of digested fecal matter being excreted by the fish
    • From an aquarist point of view, frozen fish foods create a feeding frenzy and it is fun to watch the fish eat
  • How to feed frozen fish food

    Frozen Cubes*
    Drop cube(s) in aquarium while still frozen. The cube(s) will float for 6-8 seconds and then begin to sink and break apart allowing fish to feed at their natural levels. Feed often, but only what your fish will consume
    in three minutes. Remove any uneaten food. Never overfeed. Keep unused cubes in your freezer.

    Frozen Flat Packs*
    Break or cut small portions and thaw in cup, then pour in aquarium. Feed no more than fish can consume in 3 minutes. Never overfeed. Remove any uneaten food. Keep unused portion in your freezer.

    *Important
    Microwaving or thawing in hot water is not recommended, as this breaks down the nutrients contained in frozen fish food.

  • What to do if frozen fish food thaws

    Use of frozen fish food that has thawed
    You may safely refreeze some foods that still contain ice crystals and are cold to the touch or if they have been kept below 45 degrees F for no more than 2 hours. If the temperature is above 45 degrees F, THROW IT OUT!

    Treat completely thawed foods as follows
    These foods are perishable. Do not refreeze thawed fish food. Spoilage may begin before bad odors develop and may be toxic. Refreeze fish food only if ice crystals remain throughout the package. If you question the condition, THROW IT OUT!

    Don't use if odor is offensive or if the freezer temperature has exceeded 45 degrees F for 2 hours or longer, THROW IT OUT!

    Use common sense: If any foods have an offensive or questionable odor, DO NOT feed them to your fish.

  • How to feed freeze dried foods

    Feed twice daily, but only what your fish will consume in 3 minutes. Remove any uneaten food.

    Krill and Plankton
    Presoak before using.

    Tubifex Worms
    Press cube of worms firmly against front glass below the water at desired feeding level.

  • How to feed Seaweed Salad™

    Tear or cut off a piece of Sally’s Seaweed Salad™ approximately 3 inches by 3 inches (for an average stocked 30 gallon aquarium) using a vegetable clip, place inside your aquarium in an area easily accessible for your fish. Your fish will “graze” at their leisure. Remove all uneaten seaweed after 6-8 hours.

  • Vitamins & Supplements

    San Francisco Bay Brand® freeze dried fish foods can be used to soak up liquid vitamins, supplements or medications for easy administration.

  • How to hatch brine shrimp eggs

    Into a container add 1 quart (1 liter) of water, add 1 teaspoon of brine shrimp eggs, plug in air pump to start aeration, add 2 tablespoons of aquarium (rock) salt and keep aeration on. Keep temperatures between 80-82 degrees F (26-28 degrees C), maintain a pH of 8.0 or above and eggs should hatch in 24-36 hours. After eggs hatch turn off aeration, direct a light source at the bottom of the container, wait 5-10 minutes for shells to float to top and baby shrimp to swim to bottom. Remove airline at pump end, then lower airline and siphon into fine net. Rinse shrimp under freshwater, then feed to your fish. For detailed instructions on how to hatch brine shrimp the SFBB way view the PDF here http://sfbb.com/images/uploaded/sfbb_hatchingbrineshrimp.pdf

Reptiles
  • Tips for promoting a hardy appetite

    Herps require the proper set up and regular maintenance in order to stimulate appetite and thrive in captivity. Different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your animals needs. Check with a pet care professional for advice.

    A healthy herp should have

    • Bright clear eyes
    • Hardy appetite
    • Good activity
    • Good weight
    • Solid stool

    Signs of an unhealthy herp

    • Closed eyes
    • Fails to eat
    • Lethargic
    • Looks thin
    • Runny stool
  • The benefits of feeding Healthy Herp®
    • All natural
    • No preservatives
    • A healthy meal
    • Convenient easy to use packaging
    • Natural scent & color attracts reptiles
    • Our high Quality Control exceeds industry standards
  • How to feed Healthy Herp® frozen cubes

    Frozen Cubes-Aquatic Turtles
    Drop cube(s) in aquarium while still frozen. The cube(s) will float for 6-8 seconds and then begin to sink allowing turtles to feed at their natural levels. Feed aquatic turtles 1-2 times daily what they will consume in 5 minutes. aquatic turtles will begin tasting the food and within a few days start accepting aquatic turtle diet as their daily diet. Remove any uneaten food. Keep unused cubes in your freezer.

  • What to do if frozen reptile food thaws

    Use of frozen reptile food that has thawed
    You may safely refreeze some foods that still contain ice crystals and are cold to the touch or if they have been kept below 45 degrees F for no more than 2 hours. If the temperature is above 45 degrees F, THROW IT OUT!

    Treat completely thawed foods as follows
    These foods are perishable. Do not refreeze thawed reptile food. Spoilage may begin before bad odors develop and may be toxic. Refreeze reptile food only if ice crystals remain throughout the package. If you question the condition, THROW IT OUT!

    Don't use if odor is offensive or if the freezer temperature has exceeded 45 degrees F for 2 hours or longer, THROW IT OUT!

    Use common sense: If any foods have an offensive or questionable odor, DO NOT feed them to your reptile.

  • How to feed Healthy Herp® Instant Meals™

    Cups
    Remove lid, fill cup 1/2 way with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes, place in Stepping Stone Feeding Dish™ or empty into food dish. This product has been lightly dusted with calcium, because different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your animal’s requirements and supplement accordingly. This product can be used as a daily diet, addition to daily diet or treat.

    Bulk
    Fill cup with food, then 1/2 way with warm water, wait 5-8 minutes. Drain excess water and place in Stepping Stone Feeding Dish™ or empty into food dish. Remove uneaten food after 24 hours and discard. This product has been lightly dusted with calcium, because different reptiles have different needs, please be familiar with your animal’s requirements and supplement accordingly. This product can be used as a daily diet, addition to daily diet or treat.

     

    The Powder At the bottom of the bulk Healthy Herp® Instant Meals™ can be mixed with other foods for extra nutritional value, dusted on crickets or used as a high quality gut load.

  • How to feed Healthy Herp® All Natural Treats

    Dragon Treat
    Put some grasshoppers in a feeding dish and place in terrarium. Watch your herp enjoy. Remove and dispose of any uneaten food after 24 hours. Always have drinking water available for your herps. No vitamins or calcium have been added to this product.

    Insectivore Treat
    Put some mealworms in a feeding dish and place in terrarium. Watch your herp enjoy. Remove and dispose of any uneaten food after 24 hours. Always have drinking water available for your herps. No vitamins or calcium have been added to this product.

    Tortoise Treat
    Presoak in warm water for 3 minutes then place on food dish or mix with food. Watch your herp enjoy. Remove and dispose of any uneaten food after 24 hours. No vitamins or calcium have been added to this product.

  • Vitamins & supplementation

    Healthy Herp® Instant Meals™ and All Natural Treats can be used to soak up liquid vitamins, supplements or medications for easy administration.

  • Feeding fruit to tortoises.

    Use caution when feeding fruit to tortoises. Some Species include fruit as a regular part of their diet and others eat none at all. Be familiar with your Tortoises dietary requirements. Species such as Leopards and African Spurred Tortoises rely on beneficial bacteria in their intestines to help them digest and extract nourishment from the grasses that they eat. If you give your tortoise large amounts of fruit, the acids and sugars in the fruit can actually change the pH of the tortoise's digestive tract, and this pH change can cause the beneficial bacteria in the tortoise's gut to die off. When large quantities of gut bacteria die, they release toxins that can cross the gut wall and enter the tortoise's bloodstream, causing the tortoise to experience a form of toxic shock syndrome that can be fatal.

  • Pyramiding of tortoise shells

    For many years it was believed that improper diet & foods too high in protein were the main contributors to pyramiding. Some experts say lack of or inadequate levels of calcium & UVB cause pyramiding. Even when fed the correct diet with proper supplementation some pyramiding will still occur. It is now believed that high protein and improper supplementation are not the primary contributors, but secondary contributors that can impact how much a shell pyramids or deforms. In recent years it has been discovered that humidity is the key factor to promoting smooth shell growth.


    WHAT IS PYRAMIDING?
    Pyramiding is when the shells scutes grow vertically, in the shape of a pyramid, instead of horizontally forming a smooth shell.


    PROMOTING SMOOTH SHELL GROWTH!
    Exposure to humidity alone doesn’t guarantee a smooth shell and a healthy tortoise. Below are some guidelines for raising a happy healthy tortoise with a smooth shell. Always research your species of interest before acquiring a pet tortoise.

    1. Know your tortoise’s diet, different species have different diets, feed and supplement accordingly.
    2. Know your tortoise’s housing requirements, different tortoises come from different environments, house accordingly.
    3. Provide your tortoise with access to humidity of 80%-100% using a humidified shelter.
    4. UV lighting should be no further than 12” from the top of your tortoise’s shell.
    5. Keep tortoises hydrated by providing a water dish or soaking every other day for five minutes.

    View the PDF article discussing the results of our studdies http://sfbb.com/images/uploaded/promoting-smooth-shell-growth-web.pdf

Birds
  • The bennefits of feeding Healthy Bird™ Instant Treats
    • All natural
    • No preservatives
    • No dyes
    • A healthy treat
    • Ready in minutes
    • Great for all pet birds!
  • How to feed Healthy Bird™ Instant Treats

    Single serve cups:
    Remove lid from cup. Fill cup 1/2 way with warm water. Stir and wait 5 minutes. Makes 1-2 servings.

    Bulk jar:

    Fill cup with food, then 1/2 way with warm water. Stir and wait 5 minutes. Makes 1-2 servings.

    Healthy Bird™ Instant Treats are only part of a balanced diet. Pet birds should eat a diet that is 75-80% formulated pellets, with the remainder of the diet being treats.

    Healthy Bird™ Instant Treats are the perfect treat. They are quick and easy, but are nutritious and delicious!

     

  • Vitamins & supplements

    Healthy Bird™ Instant treats can be used to soak up liquid vitamins, supplements or medications for easy administration.