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Old 10-26-2004, 10:35 PM   #1
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Is it bad to use freshwater feeders?

I heard it's not good to feed freshwater feeders to saltwater fish. Is that true, if so why.
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Old 10-26-2004, 11:09 PM   #2
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yes its true, one because saltwater fish ver would neaver eat freshwater fish so the diet isn't appropriate, also they can introduce disease into the tank
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The nutrients in freshwater fish are not what SW fish would be needing.
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Also, if you feed fish to lionfish, their skulls will get impacted in its stomach and kill it....
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I dont think freshwater disease is an issue, its the fatty acids that are lacking in FW fish that give SW little if any nutrional value. You could convert mollies to SW to use as feeders and after a second generation was born in SW they would suffice as feeders.
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You cant transfer a FW disease to a SW tank! Thats why some people do FW dips for there SW fish and SW dips on there FW fish to kill disease. Once in a while i dont think would hurt but i would'nt make that there permanent diet. But it is cool to watch
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First off the FW dips kill parasites, not viruses and bacteria, second if your only gonna do it once in a while, buy a cheap shrimp
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The dips may noy kill viruses and bacteria but on the same note they cant be transfered to a salt tank!! Google it you'll see
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Old 10-28-2004, 07:15 PM   #9
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First off the FW dips kill parasites, not viruses and bacteria
True but the difference in pH as well as the saline environment will.

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I have a lionfish that will only take feeders. If you are going to feed feeders, it is best to stay away from goldfish because they are very high in fat and bad for the liver of the saltwater fish. Ghost shrimp that are gutpacked with a nutritious marine diet are best but they are too clear and small for my lionfish to see, so he survives on platies. It is the best I can do for him. Sometimes you have no choice. I continue to try to convert him to frozen. Occasionally, he will grab a piece of frozen shrimp, but not enough to survive on.
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