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musho3210 03-04-2007 11:55 AM

Feeding nippers fins
I wonder that if you have some heavy fin nippers (puffers, piranhas etc) would you be able to feed them fins? Since my mom loves seafood and she buys the fish fresh, she cuts of the tail and throws it away, is there anything wrong with feeding these fish the tails? Waste not.

Zephyr 03-04-2007 03:50 PM

Fin nipping isn't a form of gaining nourishment, but rather of aggression.
If any meat is left at the base of the tail, that could be used to feed primarily carnivorous fish. *after removing the fin rays, of course*

musho3210 03-04-2007 03:53 PM

ok thats all i needed to know, i just thought since they like bitting fins why dont they on an already dead fish.

Zephyr 03-04-2007 03:58 PM


If only it were that easy.

fish_4_all 03-04-2007 05:24 PM

I don't see why not. Fish food is primarily fish meal anyway. I would boil them or in some way sterilize them to prevent any bacteria from getting in the tanks or other nasties but the fish may by more than happy to get a good taste of fresh food. After all they feed shrimp, beef heart, mealworms, nightcrawlers and other fresh food so why not!

That is a good idea BTW. Some of the trout I catch have eggs so I think I will try that this year. I will boil them first to sterilize them but I think it would be an awesome source of protein for any fish. Might even try it with the fish heart.

Is that much less that I have to throw away.

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