I was wondering if anyone here hand-feeds their fish? Are there any benefits of doing so? Such as encouraging them to eat, etc.
I don't hand feed but I do target feed with a plastic pipette. My Discus learned very quickly that yummy things come out from the end of a pipette. The biggest advantage for me in doing this is I'm able to ensure that everyone gets their fair share.
i dont suppose its of any benefit except they are obviosly not stressed or threatend by your presence..infact i think they prefer this atention in various degrees...my hawk fish can ID me and will eat greedily from my hand..my oscar is rather atentive and allows slight touching prior to feeding...then there is my big not so intelegent koi who out of blissfull ignorance thinks everyone has a hand out....regardless it is loads of fun...cheap thrills right.....ADIOS...
I try (largely unsuccessfully),, to keep my hands out of the tank except for maint,plant arrangement.
Is quite easy (for me at least), to forget where hands have been and easier still,, to introduce unwanted substances Hand lotions,soaps,deodorant,grease, oils,etc into the tank or onto foods offered . I confess that I have however,, often ignored this warning.:roll:
i did once... found it creepy and tickly and weird so I never did it again.
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