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My apartment is a fish-maggot hell-world.

My fridge broke. Turns out the terrible smell was because my roommate left some fish in there. For a week. I need to get the smell out of my house. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jul 2, 2014 - 14 answers

fssshhhh

Best aquarium option available on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by troika on Jun 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Fish cookbook that has photographs and Asian fish?

We want to be great at fish and seafood dishes. The last question was on UK cookbooks, and the US fish books don't match the fish we have available in Singapore - pomfret and snakehead for example. I'd prefer a cookbook with lots of photographs that focuses on skills rather than specific recipes. An iPad app would be fine too.
posted by viggorlijah on May 10, 2014 - 3 answers

This is My Design

One of my bestest friends ever has completed several years of an insane schedule of schooling + two jobs to earn a Masters and is now moving on to a residency far far away. My wife and I had our schedule open up, and we're now hosting a last minute dinner on Tuesday. Help me plan the most over-the-top meal possible in less than 48 hours. [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on May 4, 2014 - 14 answers

What to do with fish that aren't getting along?

Three days ago, I got three opaline gouramis (Trichopodus trichopterus) for my 20 gallon long aquarium. The tank is planted and has been up and running since November or so, but the only other fauna are some hitchhiker snails that I decided to keep. The gouramis aren't getting along. What would be the best thing to do for them? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on May 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Koi pond maintenance

I have two questions about koi pond maintenance. 1) How do I know if the UV light in my filter is burned out, and 2) how do I not kill my fish? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 11, 2014 - 6 answers

should I eat it: self-propelling anchovy paste

I just opened a brand-new tube of anchovy paste to make salad dressing, and when I punctured the seal on the tube, it started to spout anchovy paste, as if the whole thing had been under pressure. It smells and looks fine, but emerged with surprising and alarming velocity. [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Mar 19, 2014 - 11 answers

Recipe for a supremely decadent fish dish?

My mum doesn't want to go out for Mothering Sunday, so I'm going to cook for her. I've even more reasons to be grateful to her for than usual this year, so I want to make some thing really special. I'm looking for tried and tested recipes for a supremely decadent fish or seafood dish. A couple of restrictions inside. [more inside]
posted by Vortisaur on Mar 9, 2014 - 16 answers

Fish Tacos!

I need a good authentic* fish taco recipe. [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Mar 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Homemade gummies with the same texture as storebought

Help me make home made gummies/gumdrops/sweedish fish that have the same or at least very similar texture to store bought ones. It is my birthday next week. If you can help me with this you'd be giving me the best birthday present ever. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Feb 28, 2014 - 9 answers

1,000's of fishes

How many fish are killed for every fish oil pill I consume? [more inside]
posted by spbmp on Feb 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Resetting a goldfish tank

Hi everyone. This is a bit of a follow-up to my previous question. So our second and final goldfish died today (don't think this one was ammonia poisoning, was fine last night and belly up-dead this morning). I want to take this opportunity to set up the tank properly and do better by the next fishies, because we weren't very prepared for these ones a few months ago, and sort of learned on the fly. I have a few questions. (Lots of detail inside because I don't want to forget anything.) [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Feb 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Name these fish (please)?

For a science report, my son intends to write about the fish in his (freshwater) acquarium. Only, he doesn't remember their scientific names. Help him out? I'll list them by the nicknames he uses (translated from the Italian): Hatchet, Bee, Rope, Glass, Cleaner (underbelly), Leopard, Needle, Black Cat. Thanks!
posted by progosk on Feb 8, 2014 - 13 answers

New pescetarian filter: Is it unhealthy to eat canned fish everyday?

I am a healthy (BMI is well within the normal range) early 30s male. For my New Years Resolution I wanted to start working towards pescetarianism (vegetarian that eats fish). I have been cooking more fresh fish, but I have also started experimented with canned fish (mostly Sprat, Sardines, and Anchovies) (example meal) because of the price, shelf-life, and simplicity to make. Before this year, I normally never ate canned food (this basically describes my typical grocery store route), so I am a little weary about doing so (almost) everyday. Plus I keep reading things about mercury and such, of which I know very little. Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by Spurious on Jan 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Re-booting our aquarium

Mr. brilliantine keeps a freshwater fish tank that I've also grown attached to over the years. Sadly we just lost Big Guy, his pleco. He thinks he got him around 1997, so he definitely had a good run but it's still another indicator that the tank is not as healthy as it has been in the past. We've got a few extra stubborn fish hanging on but we've also lost several over the past year. Please help us figure out how to fix this so we can have a flourishing tank again! [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Jan 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Eat it or not: Expired fish stock edition

I have two unopened jars of commercially prepared fish stock. Expiration date April 2013. I planned to make seafood bisque as part of a special dinner tonight and will seriously disappoint someone if I don't (and don't have time to buy more stock.) But food poisoning ain't festive. Eat, or forget the bisque, baby? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Dec 16, 2013 - 16 answers

Nutritionally Balanced Fish Recipes

Recommendations for fish recipes that include a carbohydrate and a substantial vegetable component? Alternatively, what are your favourite vegetable side dishes/pairings for fish? [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Nov 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Best newbie fish for a ten gallon aquarium?

I have a ten gallon aquarium I am soon going to stock with fish and I am looking for advice on what to get. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Oct 8, 2013 - 27 answers

Fish oil - or snake oil?

Recently I was talking to someone about health related issues and she mentioned that she took fish oil ending with the broad statement that it helps with about everything. I have read over the years about how fish oil helps with menopause (which I'm beginning) and ADHD (which I have) and just about every kind of condition known. I saw a previous mefi about the inefficacy for fish oil on depression but wondered how it relates to other conditions. Googling shows all sorts of results, both positive and negative and as I am not medically inclined I'm wondering if there is any benefit to it or is better to steer clear? Anecdotal evidence too please.
posted by lasamana on Oct 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Um, why is my sushi glowing?

How do we know whether the fish we eat is essentially free of Fukushima radiation? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

At store, need Marcella Hazan recipe ingredient list

I'm at the store, can anyone please quickly give me the ingredients for Marcella Hazan's A Single Fish Cooked Fish-Soup Style? Grazie!
posted by HotToddy on Sep 9, 2013 - 3 answers

That taste nasty

From Star Trek (original series) to this evening, I have a burning food prep question? [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Sep 3, 2013 - 10 answers

What does "a fish on a stick" mean?

Everyone's talking about "waving a fish on a stick" - but no-one can explain what it means or where it comes from. Can you? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius on Aug 25, 2013 - 12 answers

The bottle makes it taste better

Where in Australia can I buy Opici Bianco in the fish shaped bottle? [more inside]
posted by indienial on Jul 29, 2013 - 1 answer

recentish poem about thinking and dead fish?

I remember reading or hearing a contemporary poem that had a line about looking over silver glittery fish at a market, and thinking that they were all identical. The poem was intellectual rather than emotional or visual. A comparison was made to how humans are individuals, but fish (and by extension, categorical things) are just examples of an idea. This was the kind of thing I might have come across through NPR or the New Yorker - not obscure or anything. [more inside]
posted by mdn on Jul 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Why Does My Frozen Fish Smell... Fishy?

Salmon was on sale at the store, so I bought 3 lbs, cut it up into approx 0.5lb pieces, and froze each piece in a ziploc bag for later use. A week later, the same thing happened with cod. And then, at some point (days - 1 week), my freezer began to smell of fish. Then my fridge too. And finally my kitchen. Where did I go wrong? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jul 20, 2013 - 8 answers

How does one store amaebi and live scallops in a tank

I am having difficulty identifying sound information on the best practices for storing amaebi and live scallops. I can find plenty of information for non tank storage, but I would like information on PH, salt content, and temperature. Appreciation in advance.
posted by sourbrew on Jul 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Resources and advice for maintaining a koi pond?

Just moved into a house with a really nice koi pond. It has a waterfall, rock bridge...the works. But I have no idea how to do anything with it. I don't even seem to have the right language to search the web for detailed advice. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Jun 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Could you pick these fish out of a lineup?

I'm trying to identify these fish. Any tropical fish experts out there? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on May 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Fresh catch vs sushi

simple question: what is the difference between catching a fish directly out of the water and eating it verses eating sushi grade fish.I would think because they are both fresh it should be perfectly safe to eat. Thoughts?
posted by FireStyle on May 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Have rods, tackle & permit, will travel near Seattle.

I just acquired a couple of light-duty (i.e. inappropriate for river salmon) fishing rods, I've received a primer in selecting tackle and setting everything up, I know my knots, I've got my permits and a Discover Pass, and my cooler is ready for some fresh catch. Where, within a 40 minutes' drive of Seattle, can I go catch delicious fish that I can cook and eat? Any recommendations for location-specific books or other resources geared toward an absolute beginner who is more enthusiastic about the food than the sport? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Apr 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Smelt anxiety: can I eat this?

I was pickling smelts. First step: brine overnight, rinse. Second step, immerse in vinegar, put in fridge and wait a week to eat. I did step one, but then got interrupted. The brined, rinsed smelts sat out for about ninety minutes - maybe as long as two hours - in a room that was about seventy degrees. I finished step two, but now I am afraid to eat them. I thought due to the brining it might be OK. Can I eat it?
posted by Surprised By Bees on Apr 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Small fish: whole vs "whole"

I'd been under the impression for many years that it was fine to cook and eat small (finger length-ish) fish whole; head, tail, AND guts. I can find a few articles on line supporting this, but they all use a different size standard, and there are virtually NO recipes I can find that suggest this practice. The recipes say they're for (e.g.) whole smelt, but the first step always involves gutting/cleaning them, which is a slightly different definition of whole than I thought. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Mar 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Buttery, crispy, golden fish?

Is there a secret to a perfect piece of fried (but non-breaded) fish? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Feb 8, 2013 - 28 answers

An Aquarium without Electricity

I love fish. I don't like buying electric components and spending the money on electricity to maintain a fish tank. I am also slightly paranoid about mixing water with electricity. So I'd like advice/stories/speculation on setting up an aesthetically pleasing aquarium without using electricity at all. Realistically, I'll be living in an apartment, and looking for a 0.5 to 12 gallon aquarium, but I'm interested in stories of aquariums elsewhere and/or in other situations. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Feb 4, 2013 - 8 answers

fish tank care and feeding

My daughter (she's 3, so, really, her parents) received a 10 gallon fish tank for Christmas. I know nothing about fish. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Jan 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Fish dish

Need suggestions for seafood entrees that will hold up well (not get rubbery or slimy or unsafe) for a couple of hours on a buffet table. Soups/stews OK--we'll have access to a crock pot.
posted by elizeh on Dec 24, 2012 - 12 answers

Did you start eating meat?

My parents raised me to be a vegetarian. Now one of them isn't anymore. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2012 - 46 answers

Plump, Happy Seal seeks High-Class Tinned Fish!

Kippers, anchovies, sardines... hook me up with a barrel of snacking fishes! [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Nov 29, 2012 - 16 answers

New Betta Bin...

Betta filter: I just bought my betta a new tank and have some water/food questions. [more inside]
posted by melangell on Nov 29, 2012 - 10 answers

FISH IN SPAAAAAACE!

Work in my office has ground to a halt over this question about the physics of fish in space. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Nov 20, 2012 - 28 answers

Convert this quick cut-shot filled video to an actual recipe

I absolutely love this recipe by Gordon Ramsay but need to know the actual proportions to use, a good side-dish, an alternative to brill and a wine recommendation (both to use for cooking and to pair with the dish)
posted by Lucubrator on Oct 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me do barra better

Cooking barramundi- your retrospective help please? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Oct 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Fish tacos: Intersection of quality and ocean proximity in San Diego

Best fish tacos closest to the ocean in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 4, 2012 - 12 answers

I would probably just eat albacore for every meal if I didn't think it would kill me

I eat a lot of fish. Since I took over dinner duties for myself and my SO, I've been thinking about the health risks and environmental impact of the stuff we eat. I need some help figuring out the risks of stuff like mercury and the environmental impact of fishing, particularly as compared to eating chicken and pork, which are our other main meat sources. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Oct 2, 2012 - 19 answers

What kind of upsidedown fish wants to eat my skin?

What was this weird up-side-down swimming fish in miami? Possibly a 'cleaner fish'? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Sep 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Get in my belly, bacteria filled fishcake.

Can I eat these fishcakes? [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Sep 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Easy salmon recipes please.

Please give me your tastiest, go-to salmon recipe worthy of serving company. [more inside]
posted by Kimberly on Sep 6, 2012 - 49 answers

How do I de-stink my cast iron pan?

I need advice on cleaning a seasoned cast iron skillet: how to remove lingering odor without damaging the pan. [more inside]
posted by maryrussell on Aug 28, 2012 - 28 answers

What Bird Did I See?

Need help identifying a bird I saw today. I was driving along Jordan Lake, near Chapel Hill, NC. A large bird flying over the lake folded its wings in slightly, and glided down, in a slight partial spiral, to the lake surface and grabbed a fish. I'd guess I was about 200 feet away. I've seen eagles and osprey at the lake. This bird was that size, with a very large wingspan. Coloring: Appeared black; may have been dark brown. Markings: White on the trailing underside of the wings, at least one-half the width of the wing, beginning at the body and continuing approx. 80 percent of the way to the wing tip. I didn't notice any other markings.
posted by justcorbly on Aug 22, 2012 - 13 answers

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