07-06-2008, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Gump
Originally Posted by iamntbatman
Hmm the only fish of mine that have ever "bit" me were my dwarf gouramis. Cichlids don't really have much in the way of teeth, so even if it got a good hold on your finger or something I don't think it would really hurt. Definitely not as bad as getting a nasty bite from something like a hamster.
Sounds like you have never owned a large cichlid. I have had my skin broken countless times doing tank maintenance in my large cichlid tanks.
You can hand feed if you like, I personally like my fish to stay competitive with each other so i just offer a meal and let them sort out who gets what.
Nope, I sure haven't, but I've been bitten by things like bass which are probably along the same lines. Have you ever gotten a serious bite from a hamster? They have rodent teeth. Not pointy little things, I'm talking long and blunt. When they decide they want to bite the tip of your finger...well, imagine popping a grape with a small Lego. They'll sink those blunt little teeth to the bone. No fun at all. I'll take my chances with the cichlids.