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love_my_fish 11-06-2006 09:44 PM

Angelfish eats weird
 
I don't know if this is abnormal or not. I've noticed this ocassionally with other fish in the past -- particularly catfish/sharks/loaches. But one of my angels is doing it and I find it quite annoying. :?

The angels are always hungry hungry hungry. Well, I noticed one of them (the smaller of the two) passess all his food through his gills? He grabs all the biggest chunks and a clouds of tiny pieces comes out his gills and no one wants that -- too small.

What's this about? Is this a waste of food?

Lupin 11-06-2006 09:56 PM

Nothing wrong with that IMO. I have my angelfish doing the same thing.http://www.smilies.our-local.co.uk/i.../Sarcastic.gif
Tiny bits are often not eaten at all as they can't easily be seen by the fish. Both of my golden angelfish also keep chomping my lotus.:blueshake: At least, they get to help me prune this crazy-growing plant.:mrgreen:

There's nothing wrong with your angelfish. I would say that is normal.:)

jinithith2 11-06-2006 10:06 PM

not to scare anyone, but my friend had a foot long oscar doing that and in a bout a month after he began doing that, he died...

this is not a fact based comment at all (except for the fact that he did a similar thing to yours and that he died) so i might be completely off in my conjecture

Lupin 11-06-2006 10:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jinithith2
not to scare anyone, but my friend had a foot long oscar doing that and in a bout a month after he began doing that, he died...

How frequent does that oscar do the same thing? Scary though.:blueshake:
Mine does it only if the food are flakes but this happens only occassionally which I have thought is just normal.:squint:
Cichlids tend to eat the food in a manner that they are trying to break it into tiny pieces-small enough for them to eat properly.

jinithith2 11-06-2006 10:26 PM

yes... it was a bit scary to see pieces of food flying out of the gills... :shock:

jones57742 11-07-2006 06:17 AM

My angels do not "spit out" food through their gills but take in food and then ocassionally spit it out in small pieces.

Not a problem as the cories, plecs and yoyo's clean it up.

TR

Amphitrite 11-07-2006 06:26 AM

Fish food coming out of the angel's gill isn't a problem, and is actually quite common.

I think it's caused by them eating too quickly.


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