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post #11 of 38 Old 11-28-2006, 05:41 AM
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Caferacermike said it best... plain and simple, don't buy something like that, end of story. Our zoo is full of them because people go to a LFS and buy one, and within 6 months they are over a foot long, and eating everything in the tank. They currently have a few that are 4 - 5 ft. They're impossible to keep healthy in a home aquarium of under 1000 gallons because of their size and messy eating habits. The LFS I worked in has one, a customer bought it as a cute little 3 inch baby, and 6 months later it had cleaned out his tank and was costing a fortune to take care of. It eats 4 - 6 mice each week, along with anything else it can get a hold of... fingers no exception! They jump, are very strong, and now even the LFS is wondering what to do with it a year later because it is now approaching the 3 ft mark, on it's way to up to 5 ft in length.
The person who brought them to the LFS market needs to be hunted down and forced to suffer what these poor fish suffer when people buy them and take them home. It's not kind to the animal or your pocketbook. Leave it at the LFS and find something more suitable that will fit into your tank.

Best detailed post I've read along with Mike's simple post. I, myself, did see them as game fish as Tophat had mentioned.

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post #12 of 38 Old 11-28-2006, 07:51 AM
Buy and plan to eat it in 6 months. That sounds like a good idea.
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post #13 of 38 Old 11-28-2006, 03:34 PM
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EEEwwww, yuk! They may be "food fish" in some places, but that is after they've had a "wild" or appropriate "food fish" diet... to keep one at home and feed it as an aquarium fish.... again I say "eeeewww, yuk!"
Ever heard the phrase "you are what you eat"? Fish are no exception to that rule.

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Buy and plan to eat it in 6 months. That sounds like a good idea.
If you feed it a bunch of veggies, maybe it will be that much healthier?
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That sounds good, but this fish is a predator/carnivore, and needs a meat based diet.

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Ever heard the phrase "you are what you eat"? Fish are no exception to that rule.
I did hear this one. Found it in one of the articles regarding the discus. It explained that feeding discus inappropriate food will not produce good quality ones. A lot of people tend to feed fish junkfoods, cheese, flakes(exclusively) and even a lot of adult brine shrimps.

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That sounds good, but this fish is a predator/carnivore, and needs a meat based diet.
I don't know - beef heart, mackerel, shrimp, whole smelts, squid, mice fed on honeyed barley, small pigeons. Kept in a clean, slightly too small aquarium with a gravel bottom and well fed and treated, this could be a wonderful tank raised food fish.

Damn! Now I'm thinking about how best to cook it - Fillet or en croute?

It'd make a great pairing with a similarly prepped pangius cat and a nice spicy pinot....

Actually, that should have been my first answer - a nice, oaky white.

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Damn! Now I'm thinking about how best to cook it - Fillet or en croute?
Er..fillet? I haven't tasted it but it seems tasty.:)

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I am going to stop here on this thread, because I am not going to advocate this idea in any way shape or form. There are a lot of issues with raising an aquarium fish to be used as a food source, and to not know ALL of the dangers involved ahead of time could leave someone a prime target for food poisoning. There are reasons that government standards on foods are in place, and there are reasons why it is not common practice to raise food fish in a home aquarium. I don't wish to get that extensively into such a topic, other than to say it's not a good idea, for human safety purposes above all else.
If there are more "legitimate" questions about fish keeping, as "pets", then I am happy to answer them and help in any way I can.
For me, now, this issue is closed.

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post #20 of 38 Old 11-29-2006, 01:47 AM
It certainly isn't for me.


I was enjoying the humorous side of our members. I don't think anyone is advocating doing such a thing.

I was going to recommend building a fire and roasting it whole like a pig at a barbecue.

But the moods kinda a downer now.
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