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Old 01-27-2009, 04:37 PM   #1
 
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Does anybody know why some cichlids spit out their food and re eat it sometimes several times before they actually swallow the stuff... And don't say it's because they're full because they do it even after having not been fed in a while.
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:40 PM   #2
 
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They are like cows and have a 4 chambered stomach? LoL, Really I have no idea, good question tho....
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:50 PM   #3
 
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hi
is it because the food is hard,and by spitting it out into the water
it makes it softer ?
to see if it is,you could perhaps pre soak the food before feeding ?
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:50 PM   #4
 
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sometimes they do it to see if they like it, or its to hard for them and there softening it up
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:51 PM   #5
 
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wow me and willow posted at the same time lol
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:04 PM   #6
 
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:22 PM   #7
 
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nope they do it to mushi food too by the way this is a strickly cichlid trait.... this is a test of this site lol
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Old 01-28-2009, 12:15 AM   #8
 
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My bushfish do it too, and they're anabantids. I think it has to do with the shape of the mouth.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:27 AM   #9
 
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I have notices my Black Skirted Tetra's do this as well.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:38 AM   #10
 
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Ditto for bleeding heart tetras, black phantoms, and threadfin rainbows.
guess somebody forgot to tell em they were cichlids.
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