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post #1 of 9 Old 06-30-2008, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Hand Feeding Cichlids

I have a few old word cichlids and I need to know if I can hand feed them!
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-30-2008, 06:08 PM
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I don't see why you couldn't as long as your hands are clean and free of any residue such as soap. I feed my puffer by hand and he's got much scarier teeth than your cichlids!
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post #3 of 9 Old 06-30-2008, 11:47 PM
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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.

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-01-2008, 01:05 AM
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HEY OKIE!!! HOW ABOUT ONE OF YOUR AWESOME CLOSE UP PICS OF THEM PUFFER TEETH? :)

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-01-2008, 04:45 AM
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LOL..Roughly 85-90% of my fish are handfed. Severums, silver dollars, loaches, tetras and barbs are all handfed.;)

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-04-2008, 07:11 AM
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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.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-06-2008, 03:18 PM
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Hand feeding is fun! Cichlids generally don't hurt much, and I've been bitten by a shovelnose catfish which was ineffective at hurting me. If you want to do this you could use a clean gardening glove, but that takes away some of the fun...
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-06-2008, 11:17 PM
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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.

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-07-2008, 01:52 AM
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Ive been bitten by my Meleagris'. They don't just bite and run, no, they hit you like a little drill bit biting repeatedly until your out of their territory.

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