08-14-2009, 03:50 AM
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Were it me, (and it ain't) I would stick to prepared foods for my fish as opposed to feeder fish unless,, I was raising the feeder fish and feeding them prepared foods high in proteins and vitamins which would then be passed on to the larger fish .
Feeder fish that are purchased, often are capable ,and often do, pass on bacterial diseases to otherwise healthy fish. These feeder fish sold in stores are often kept in lousy conditions and all it takes is one sick feeder to infect the whole tank of feeders and ultimately, your fish. It is quickest way I know to spread disease to your aquarium. And as stated,unless these feeder fish are gut loaded with high quality foods and vitamins,, they really have poor nutritional value. With the prepared foods on the market today,, rich in proteins and vitamins needed by tropical fish ,,One would have no logical reason to use feeders save for the excitement derived from some in doing so.