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Old 12/08/2007, 12:33 AM   #1
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fish eating poo

I have noticed when my fish do a number 2 they all seem to eat it is this normal and should i worry about fish health?


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Old 12/08/2007, 12:35 AM   #2
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I would think if they actually eat it they maybe underfeed. They will inpsect and then should spit out.


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Old 12/08/2007, 12:55 AM   #3
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i feed every other day or so.


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Old 12/08/2007, 12:56 AM   #4
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Or so. What type of stock do you have, Fish and Coral?


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Old 12/08/2007, 01:34 AM   #5
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6" naso, purple tang, lawn mower blenny, 2 chromis, 2 clown, flasher wrasse and cleaner wrasse. acros, monti, torch and shrooms


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Old 12/08/2007, 01:38 AM   #6
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The tangs need nori (dried seaweed ) as with the blenny. I feed a little flake in the morning what they can eat in 1 or 2 min. Then frozen at night mixing itup from brine to marine cusine to cyclops. I may skip a morning every now or then. They would like eating more. Its how much not how often you feed them.Should feed often just dont overfeed.The nori would be 2 or 3times a week. Feed on a clip and not to much.


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Old 12/08/2007, 08:23 AM   #7
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Among the 15 fish that I have, my Yellow tang and the Hippo tang always are eating other fishes poo. IMO, this is not really all that uncommon for tangs. In fact, mine sometimes work in tandem to irritate my Magnificent Foxface(BTW, they eat like pigs!) to 'make' him go poo so that they can eat his poo. Weird, I know, but kind of facinating to watch. There is no shortage of food since I feed a mixture of Nori, flake, pellet, mysis, live brine and Prime reef through out the week. I mix it up so they don't get bored and hopefully are getting a wide range of diet needs. They are also constantly grazing throughout the day. I have heard that this is not really that uncommon with some tangs.

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Old 12/08/2007, 08:27 AM   #8
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Some fish can 'recycle' or cycle things through a second time to be sure no food value is lost. Kind of dismaying for us to contemplate, but dogs do it, many rodents do it, fish, etc.


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Old 12/08/2007, 09:01 AM   #9
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I see mine go after fresh poo. I think they think it's a stray piece of food or something and spit it out right away. Just be glad it's not the dog going after his own poo.


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Old 12/08/2007, 09:28 AM   #10
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The explanation I once heard is that tangs often eat poo because they utilize the bacteria for digestion.

I'm not sure why they do it, but IME, it's common.


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Old 12/08/2007, 09:44 AM   #11
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Interesting, I happened to be reading an article on this earlier this morning and then saw this thread.

Here is the article.
http://www.int-res.com/articles/meps/7/m007p253.pdf


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Old 12/09/2007, 01:13 AM   #12
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thanks

i am glad that i dont have the only fish with wierd eating habbits.


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Old 12/09/2007, 07:07 AM   #13
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My Hippo Tang loves chowing down on some turds!! Seriously


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Old 12/09/2007, 07:25 AM   #14
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I have watch my yellow tang do It and spit It back out, pretty nasty just thinking about while I write. LOL


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Old 12/09/2007, 07:46 AM   #15
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My hippo chases anyone who is about to make a dump. He's good at spotting who is about to. My powder brown and scopas do not do this.


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Old 12/09/2007, 08:19 AM   #16
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Just be thankful you don't kiss your fish...LOL

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Old 12/09/2007, 09:28 AM   #17
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WHISPERER... IM in P CHARLOTTE where do you get your fish supplies?


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Old 12/09/2007, 11:46 AM   #18
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Hey Vito, I have my tank set up almost 2 years. Most fish were ordered online. Some were from the local petco by US 41. I would QT any new fish either way. Do you keep SPS/corals?


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Old 12/09/2007, 01:42 PM   #19
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I was just reading this post and I have to wonder are there many people that really feed their fish every other day. I feed mine twice a day and add phyto every other day for the corals.

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Old 12/09/2007, 04:06 PM   #20
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WHisperer ,Just got started a year ago with salt, so much to learn. Loven it thoe.Got a wicked good deal from PGI, complete set up ,125 with chiller. Got FOWLR now, Bio BAll filter in now, changing over to Macro Ref till i can build sump/ref .so many questions. QT EVERYTHING!!!


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Old 12/09/2007, 05:13 PM   #21
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My tangs do that too and I feed them I think tooooo much. So I think thats a normal behavior.


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Old 12/09/2007, 05:35 PM   #22
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I know for a fact I overfeed but I love watching them eat. My tangs eat all kinds of poo. It's normal. I see them eat it in the wild.


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Old 12/13/2007, 10:09 AM   #23
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i was feeding 2-3 times a day and i had a crazy outbreak of H.A. got that under control and now. since feeding every other day 2-3 times enough that all the food gets eaten. fish still eat poo? but as you all have noticed they must do it for a reason.


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