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Old 10-09-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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So I have a jaguar cichlid about 4in long. Would it be dangerous to feed him small feeder insects from the pet store? I mainly concerned about because they swallow pretty whole and alive could the insect cause internal dance to him?
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:19 PM   #2
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So I have a jaguar cichlid about 4in long. Would it be dangerous to feed him small feeder insects from the pet store? I mainly concerned about because they swallow pretty whole and alive could the insect cause internal dance to him?
I don't think an occasional cricket will do any harm. I would stay away from mealworms and their ilk though.
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Old 10-09-2013, 06:44 PM   #3
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Fluker's Freeze dried cricket's found in reptile section at Petco were well received by cichlid's I have kept.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:05 PM   #4
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I had a managuense not to long ago as well and I fed him a staple of live insects, meal worms, crickets, pond and bladder snails. He loved it. And grew really fast as well. Never showed signs of illness, and it promoted his natural hunting skills. Also you can feed rosy minnows when he gets old enough and eventually gold fish feeders
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I had a managuense not to long ago as well and I fed him a staple of live insects, meal worms, crickets, pond and bladder snails. He loved it. And grew really fast as well. Never showed signs of illness, and it promoted his natural hunting skills. Also you can feed rosy minnows when he gets old enough and eventually gold fish feeders

Would not offer feeder fish unless...I was raising the feeder's .
Store bought feeder's are often kept in crowded tank's ,poor water condition's = many sick feeder's,parasites,bacterial pathogen's.
All it takes,, is one sick feeder fish to bring these issues to otherwise healthy fish once your fish ingest's the sick fish or fishes.
Thiaminase content of feeder's can also present vitamin deficency, and or fishes become easily bloated from too much animal protein's that digestive process can't quickly handle.
Better to offer bit's of krill,shrimp,in moderation, along with vegetable content from food's rich in them, such as New Life Spectrum for large fish.
Fishes will often refuse much more nutritional food's, once feeder fish make the menu. Can be hard after that to wean them off of them, for many folk's don't like fasting,or starving,their fish to try and get them interested in prepared food's once again.
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Feeders are ok if you know where the Lfs gets them from and know there water conditions. I fed them two times a week and god them from a reliable source. Never had a problem once
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But then again I also fed guppies, barbs and mollies to my jaguar to give him a variety, gut loaded the crickets on fish food as well. I had him from 2 inches long until he got to be a foot and then had to re home him
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More nutritional value in pellet food's,other prepared food's than feeder's.No thiaminase ,zero chance of introducing parasites or other pathogen's,and fishes can and do grow just as well without feeder's.
Hardly anyone, other than those who derive some sort of perverse pleasure from offering feeder's does so anymore for reason's already mentioned.
Much healthier food's on the market today.To each their own.
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I agree everyone has there own way of feeding haha, I didn't get joy out of it though I wanted to more a less create his natural food menu and keep his instinctive huntings rights, he was a corpward thoug I have to admit, I point my finger at him and he would go hide. But he loved to watch me clean my other tanks and research on the internet
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