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Old 08/18/2007, 02:48 PM   #1
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Is it safe or bad if a fish eats cheatos?

I have a angel munching on some and when it poops its white cheato that comes back out. So is there any harm for a fish to consume this?


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Old 08/18/2007, 02:55 PM   #2
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No, not directly. The "harm" comes in with the fact that the idea of growing macro algae is to let it take up the nutrients that can fuel less desireable algaes. When fish are eating it, that energy isn't being completely exported out of the tank by you manually removing and discarding algae, it is just being returned to the environment in the form of fish poop.

That's why a refugium is so nice, it lets the algae grow w/o interference (except by you).


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Old 08/18/2007, 03:00 PM   #3
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I read about the refugium but didnt have one at the time and someone gave it to me and I didnt want to throw it away. So I stuck it in my tank for the meantime and the angel picks at it. So would this harm the fish if it eats it? I will pull it back out today when I get home. I just want to know is there any harm for a fish to be eatting it.


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Old 08/18/2007, 03:11 PM   #4
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Not that I know of. Many of the fish we keep eat algaes in the wild, and AFAIK chaetomorpha doesn't have toxic turpenoids (spelling?) like some algaes can have. I wouldn't worry about it.


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Old 08/18/2007, 04:56 PM   #5
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Old 08/18/2007, 05:13 PM   #6
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Chaeto is fine. Cheetos, not so much.


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Old 08/18/2007, 05:22 PM   #7
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you'll be fine, my fish do the same


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Old 08/18/2007, 05:31 PM   #8
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I'm lost now I posted this on the newby side and somone said it can kill them....
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...readid=1187484


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Old 08/18/2007, 05:38 PM   #9
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It may depend on the species and the age/size of the fish. I'd try to discourage it: try plastic needlepoint canvas [michael's, hobby lobby] cut to keep the vegetation on its own side.


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Old 08/18/2007, 05:42 PM   #10
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err sorry sk8r Im not catching on.


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Old 08/18/2007, 05:43 PM   #11
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I really wouldn't worry about it. It is hard to tell why the fish in the other thread supposedly had a fecal impaction, intestinal problems could be the sign of another underlying problem that would have happened with any food that only gets partially digested. Poor excercise (not enough space, current) and cyanide come to mind immediately. Just because the impaction was formed of chaeto doesn't mean it was the underlying cause. Intestinal disorders can exist regardless of diet. Fish and other organisms eat this in the wild without any identified problems.


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