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Re: [APD] feed living fish
I don't view it as wrong to feed culled fry to predatory fish (I feed
fry culls to a pair of dwarf pike cichlids) as it's a far better fate
than raising fish that have bent spines. Having too many fry I will
sometimes feed a portion of them off as well. I don't feel good about
doing it, but I'd rather my cichlids get some nutrition than have 500
fish that I can't get rid of and can't afford to feed properly.
Feeder goldfish and guppies are just poor nutrition. While large
predatory fish certainly appreciate the sport of hunting them down,
they should NOT be used as a sole diet.
On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 4:29 AM, Stuart Halliday <stuart at mytriops_com> wrote:
> On 25/09/2011 03:16, Jerry Smith wrote:
>> Almost every fish store sells "feeder goldfish" or "feeder guppy's".
>> People with Arowanas, Oscars, piranhas etc. feed their fish. People
>> with snakes feed living mice, although my friend kills his mice first
>> for fear of his snake being harmed by the mouse.
> I'm aware of what American owners do Jerry. :)
>> I gave my friend some stunted Neolamprologus leleupi for his
>> Arowanas. They ate about 5 out of 30 or so when first added to the
>> tank. Now after about 8 months the fry have grown larger and bolder
>> and started swimming up top. They have been getting picked off as
>> they go to the surface to eat. He also added a colony of Lamprologus
>> multifasciatus to his Arowana tank which are surviving just
>> fine-mainly because they never go to the top of the tank.
> This is a common phenomenon. You often see it with reptiles when owners add
> too many insects. The reptile ends up ignoring the crickets for the most
> Perhaps the Arowanas, which are top feeders, feel safer with a source of
> food hanging around acting as spotter fish?
>> Here's a YouTube video of the tank soon after adding the leleupi.
> Nice video btw. :)
> Stuart Halliday
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