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Have you ever fed your fish bugs from the house / outside?

I found a common house fly in the house and swatted it, semi dead I thought I would try putting it in the tank.

It wiggles a tiny bit and my huge black skirt tetra go up and with the most aggressive attack I have ever seen it takes it and immediately all my other tetras go after her trying to steal the meal.

keep in mind i did a good feeding today and she is far from hungry.

I assume there is nothing wrong with doing this, right?

I never done anything like this before but I think I might make it a little mission to find some bugs like small spider and flies to feed my fish on occasion.

Anyone else have done this before? which bugs did you feed? any bugs I shouldn't feed? I would imagine hard shell bugs or things that are too big would be out of the question.

any risk of passing on some diseases or anything?

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Insects are fine as long as you are sure they have not been exposed to pestacides ...
Most fish big enough really enjoy earthworms also.

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Definitely. I would feed fruit flies all they if they weren't such a pain to catch. Little buggers...


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Definitely. I would feed fruit flies all they if they weren't such a pain to catch. Little buggers...
If you have them alive in a jar or something, I have found it easier to add some water, and stir them up. Then catch them, and feed it like that. The water stops them from flying all over the jar- making them easier to catch and feed.


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You can make a trap with a light, fan, cardboard box / tubes & cloth bag, run it at night and catch bugs for free fish food. Use your imagination!
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Technically, you can harm your fish, give them parasites, etc.

I've fed mine small earth worms, they won't eat anything else.
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My wife and I came home one time and as I usually do I tell my fish " we are home " glancing at the tank I saw my biggest female blackskirt with a ladybug in her mouth! Needless to say I scrabbled to the computer to find out if it would be ok, well conflicting info so I decided not to take a chance and tried to get it away from her and finally did but much of the ladybug was gone. No ill effects! I thought well this is what happens in nature so there you go, and like you said she guarded that bug like it was a ribeye steak
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If you have them alive in a jar or something, I have found it easier to add some water, and stir them up. Then catch them, and feed it like that. The water stops them from flying all over the jar- making them easier to catch and feed.
Good idea! You can also put the jar in the freezer for a few minutes to immobilize them without killing them.

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You can make a trap with a light, fan, cardboard box / tubes & cloth bag, run it at night and catch bugs for free fish food. Use your imagination!
Eh...I'll just use flakes and frozens.


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Yes, flies and mosquitos, freshly swatted. The goldfish loves both. The platys pick apart the mosquitos.

Quite fun to watch. Leave some aquarium water sitting around and collect the mosquito eggs the next day before dumping it. They like those too and easier to catch than fruit flies.
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I would avoid wild-caught crickets or cockroaches due to the risk of horsehair worms. Although they are *probably* harmless to fish, I wouldn't want to risk it. Also, they're suuuuuper gross.
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My fish will not eat live pond snails, but if I squeeze them and start to let them drop, they eat it like a piece of fresh meat.
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Aphids.
I will pull off a few leaves and slosh them in the tanks until the aphids are in the water, or else let the leaf float with the side full of aphids facing the fish.

Mosquito larvae.
Net them out of the buckets of water.

Earthworms.
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One time I was trying to kill a spider on the wall and the thing fall into the water. My betta got a late night dessert....

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Definitely. I would feed fruit flies all they if they weren't such a pain to catch. Little buggers...
You can actually buy flightless and wingless fruit flies. I culture them at home. My hatchetfish absolutely love them Probably the closest thing to their natural diet (which are small terrestrial insects which fall onto the surface of the water)


Like someone else said Mosquito larvae are great too! You can just place a bucket of water outside during the summer. Place some leaves in it or something. The mosquitoes will lay their eggs there and if you harvest the larvae every 3-5 days you will accomplish two things:
-A great, nutritious food that your fish will love
-You will help reduce mosquito populations, as long as you stay on top of the harvesting
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If you collect the mosquito rafts every day. Place in a cup, you can feed tiny larva wigglers to your baby fry right when the skeeters hatch out!
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