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Old 07-22-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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Grasshopper for food?

So I decided to put a live grasshopper into my tank to see if my fish would like it. It literally lasted less than 5 seconds before my lunar wrasse and niger trigger both went for it. The wrasse got the most of it. My question is, is this a bad idea? Is there anything bad about "bugs" that would cause harm to my tankmates?
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with saltwater fish but I know I have fead my cichlids grasshoppers before, and weekly I feed them crickets. Bug are a large part of fishes natural diet (at least in FW).

Truthfully I would not worry about feeding them grasshoppers as they are actually very healthy food compared to frozen/other live food(feeders).
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:25 PM   #3
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This is an interesting discussion. Wonder if anyone else has tried this.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:28 PM   #4
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Ill tell you what, they love them and well, they don't cost much. Lol. Granted, my tank is mostly a predator/aggressive setup but nonetheless, they don't live long before they get eaten.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:29 PM   #5
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It doesnt seem to be bad, but i only had one possible problem. There are no grasshoppers near the middle of the ocean so it is likely that those fish have never eaten a grasshopper before. I dont know if this is bad... But if it was my tank i would feed things like shrimp or crawfish. Just a thought but i would like to know what people think insects as food
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I wouldn't give it to SW fish, as it is a protein they won't be built to digest causing bloat.
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I agree. That's why I'm interested to see what responses I get. I know freshwater fish eat them all the time but I also figured they have adapted to that type of food so I'm being very cautious and not trying any more til I get a little more reassurance.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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I wouldn't give it to SW fish, as it is a protein they won't be built to digest causing bloat.
Thank you. That was my biggest concern...
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I wouldn't give it to SW fish, as it is a protein they won't be built to digest causing bloat.
Well all carnivorous fish eat protein in their diets. I don't see how one type of protein is different from the other to the point they couldn't digest it.

Again I don't know anything about SW fish. Just trying to understand myself.
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Just have to watch out for any pesticides
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