10-23-2008, 01:01 PM
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I would avoid using Goldfish
as feeders. Here's why:
1) You have to buy them from the store, so they can come with diseases and parasites.
2) They have serrated spines that can injure your fish when your fish eat them.
3) Since they're coldwater fish, they aren't nutritionally balanced for a tropical fish. This can lead to health problems long-term.
A much better choice would be to set up a tank and breed your own livebearers. I have a 10g with feeder guppies and a few fancy guppies to boot. They breed themselves, so they're free other than the cost of water changes and food, plus I know they're healthy because they were born and raised in my own house. They also lack the serrated spine and are tropical fish themselves so they're healthier. Guppies would be fine for your fish while they're smaller, but once the clown knife and Oscar
get bigger you might want to set up something bigger, like a 55g with a bunch of breeding mollies or something.