Interesting Thought for live food

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    Hi there

    I meant to tell you guys, or rather ask your opinions on this...I decided to feed some live ants to my fish to see if they would go for it. My Bettas just love them! Some of my Rasboras & Pearl Gouramis (some guppies as well, not all of them) also ate them but my smaller tetras doesn't seem too keen on it...one or two of them endulged but not a lot.

    Anyone of you tried it before and if so, what was your result?

    Haven't found anything on the net about it being dangerous but in the same breath you shouldn't be making it your fish's staple diet. I haven't experienced any loss of fish because of this, and I would like to start doing it again (that's if one can find ants in winter time). Nutritional value, if any? Any other insects that fish love? I would think almost anything that can fit into their mouths they will go for.

    Like to hear your thoughts on this

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    My Angels love to chase around moths, but when I throw them in, they just spit it out again.
    Ants contains a weak acid that makes them less tasty, but if your fish love them, why not. They also have an amazingly strong exoskeleton, and maybe thats why the smaller tetras dont like them, but as far as I know they are not dangerous (except if they can still pinch your fish). Search for ants on www.fishforum.co.za or maybe it was G4Y
     
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    Thanks for the input. I was just wondering why go through all the trouble of hatching BBS if ants will do. Perhaps the Prof can comment on nutritional value? I know BBS is high in proteins, but what value does ants give?
    Other insects?
     
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    ?At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish.?
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    Hi Dale
    My glow lights just love ants. My only problem is how do you catch the ants in sufficient numbers. I happened to have a small jar that ants crawled into, so I just stuck the jar into the tank. The ants walked around under water for over ten minutes. As they lost their grip on the bottom, they floated to the surface. Very few actually made it to the surface.

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    Use Jelly tots james, ants love them :D
     
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    WBS - A very odd saying that is ;)

    Well I'll wait until spring is here so that I can gather some ants for my Bettas to enjoy. Can't see any harm in that at all.
     
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    I recal putting a jar over the holes that flying ants come out of in Pretoria (just before/after storms) and feeding those to my fish. I was warned by somebody about them having a very high fat content.....very good for treats but badnews in the long run.
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    Yeah, I also read up that it's bad for fish if its their staple diet.
     

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