How do you say that feeding live food on regular basis will harm fishes??
Most of the fry are brought up on Artemia or Infusoria...... and even I know people giving live food for fishes that are omnivorous and they grow very well in live food than the pellets?
Most of the tropical freshwater fishes that we keep are omnivirous in nature which means that they eat both veg material & live food. The digestive systems of such animals are built like that, digestive systems of pure vegetarians & pure non vegs are designed for their type of diet. Feeding wrong diet like veg to nonveg fishes or only veg to omnivirous fish is bound to effect their health.
Consider a goldfish in nature, during its feeding time it will not find live food all the time and will eat some veg food even though it might like live food better. In nature their diets will be balanced as most things in nature are.
However in closed envoirnment of our aquariums there can be no natural balance, if we feed live food to goldies every time, they will of course eat it. But in the long run it will not be good for them. The metabolic system of omnivirous fish will not be able to cope up with such protien rich diet and the fish will suffer.
Fry need high protien diet as they have to grow, however once they group their metabolic rate will slow down and exclusive high protien will make them unhealthy.
You can draw same comparision with humans, humans are also omnivirous, if we eat pure nonveg or pure veg , our health is bound to suffer. We need animal protien in our diet that is why milk & milk products are adviced for pure veg humans, as they provide nescessery animals protiens to our body
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Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 8:35 am Post subject: Re: What do you feed ?
When it comes to diet, most fishes can adapt to a wide range of diet. Even in the fish's niche, they eat a wide range of food depending upon availability which means they can adapt to digest out of range food. Of course there are a few exceptions like malawian & tropheus grazers who will bloat on a hi-pro food. But most others can adapt to a wide range of food. For eg., my Fronts (classified carnivores) take blanched palak and Uarus (classified herbivores) take live bloodworms. The only major problem with feeding live food is, if they're left uneaten, they'll bring down the water quality exponentially. If you can make regular water changes, then you can very well use live feed. Live food is used to accelerate growth to the max. If you are not eye on taking your fish to the limits of size, almost all aquaria fishes can do very well with dry food.
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