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Chr1s 08-14-2012 03:22 PM

Do Cichlids eat guppy's?
Just bought 12 for our puffer and he died.

Blackfeet 08-14-2012 09:29 PM

Puffers don't eat fish. The feeder guppies you bought might have brought in a desease and puffers are very susceptible to deseases since they don't have scales. Puffers eat invertebrates such as snails, shrimp, crayfish, and some worms

Chr1s 08-14-2012 09:42 PM

But do cichlids eat the guppies?

Tazman 08-14-2012 09:43 PM

Am not sure of the relevance of the thread title question as puffer fish are not even cichlids.

Tazman 08-14-2012 09:50 PM

Some cichlids will eat guppies but it is NOT the best food to give them simply because they are not a natural part of most cichlids diet.

They can also (in the case of feeder guppies) bring a pathogen into your tank which could potentially kill the other fish. They can also cause digestive problems, they should NEVER be fed to Lake Malawi or Lake Tangyanika Cichlids it will kill them, they will never come into contact with a guppy in their natural habitat. This includes the large predatory fish which will eat smaller cichlids but NEVER guppies.

Chr1s 08-14-2012 11:26 PM

As I said we bought them fodder the puffer but he died so now there in the tank. And I never said they were a cichlid, I don't know where you got that from lol.

Tazman 08-14-2012 11:57 PM

what cichlids do you have?

Chr1s 08-15-2012 03:37 AM

African Cichlids.

1077 08-15-2012 06:41 AM


Originally Posted by Chr1s (Post 1200345)
African Cichlids.

African's will do better with commercial cichlid pellet such as New life Spectrum,Hikari cichlid pellet's which contain a fair amount of algae, fruit's, and or vegetable matter.(natural part of diet)
Animal proteins are not good for them and often lead to bloated sick fish, for their digestive sytem is not geared for this type of diet.
Store bought feeder's of any kind should be avoided due to possible diseases being transmitted to otherwise healthy fish. Much more nutritionaly safer food's offered on the market today that has all but eliminated, the need to use live feeder's except by those who derive some sort of pleasure from offering them.:roll:
Bit's of krill,shrimp,talapia fillet, are used by most who offer animal proteins to fishes that need it along with afore mentioned pellet food's.

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