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Old 04-28-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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My feeding technique - good, bad or plain gross?

Hello saltwater aquarists,

Everyday I feed my fish twice daily. After giving the fish with flakes, I give them seafood including cooked beef, pork, chicken and my fish love them! First I chew a piece of raw sushi or cooked meat then I spit into the tank. My good "choppers" (I am a dentist BTW) break the food down to small portions so they got dispersed all over the tank for the corals, the shrimps, the snails, the crabs to all have chance to get the food. I must say that I don't hogg it all up but split out only the chewed portion. I know it grossed one of my guests out but I think it is a very effective food delivery system. Any thoughts? DP
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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I gotta go with gross on this one Doc.
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First... I'm not quite sure how you can call beef, chicken, and pork "seafood". Guess my definition of seafood kinda involves it coming from the sea. I'm no fish nutritionist, but I'd guess that the best food for them would be the foods they naturally eat. And I've never seen a tropical fish take down a cow and gulp it down.

Regarding prechewing the food and spitting it out... kinda gross, but not much different than what the fish do at times. Only thing I'd be concerned about is introducing whatever bacteria, fungii, viruses, etc that you may be harboring in your mouth. While there's plenty of bacteria already in the tank and on the corals, the ones from your mouth would be pretty foreign in that environment. Personally, I try to keep my tank as clean as possible from outside contamination.
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For something I do not understand, my foxface loves spicy chicken wings! He ignores the teriyaki but loves the nuclear or atomic type. Thank goodness I love eating hot food or else I may need my dog to help me chew on that one. I know fish loves garlic so perhaps he is so drawn to it? Also he loves to eat lettuce and one huge leaf will be gone in a day! Maybe he needs help after eating the extra hot chicken wing huh? DP
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Doc, in the long run you are killing your fish. the land animal proteins are much to complex for fish and corals to digest. It has to much of the wrong fatty acids and will damage their liver and kidneys. Why are you feeding them human food? The lettuce is great for the foxface but Terriyaki.....save that for your "HUMAN" guest!!!!!!
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Doc, in the long run you are killing your fish. the land animal proteins are much to complex for fish and corals to digest. It has to much of the wrong fatty acids and will damage their liver and kidneys. Why are you feeding them human food? The lettuce is great for the foxface but Terriyaki.....save that for your "HUMAN" guest!!!!!!
When I give them I give in a very small portion. The purpose is to disperse the meaty food for the crabs and shrimps on the bottom. I only do it in very tiny bits. But you are right, it is not a good idea to give them something that is not encountered in the wild. Thanks for the suggestion. DP
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You feed your fish chewed up hot wings? hahaha
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I vote for a thread sticky. I can't tell you HOW many times I've had to read this same topic being asked/posted over and over again.
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You feed your fish chewed up hot wings? hahaha
And more... hot dogs, ribeye steak, chicken McNuggets, french fries, bread, pizza, eggs, veal, pork chops, lamb, goat, quail and more. Remember that everything in moderation is good. DP
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Wow. Just when you think you've heard it all...

They're fish, not a garbage disposal.
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