Anyone else feed raw..
In nature, no fish will ever encounter pieces of meat, and even a small mammal or bird is still 4 grams or more.
That is, apart from an Arrowana, all our fishes are not adapted to eating mammal or bird meat.
Mammals have a body tempreature of 37 degrees (Celcius), bird are even warmer. All cells are surrounded by a membrane, which will, at body temprature, be somewhat between liquid and solid. That is, in cooler temeratures these membranes will become solid, and therfore harder to digest.
Fish meat, inverttebrates, they all have far cooler bodies, which will not have this problem. And therefore, unless you keep Arrowana, you best feed your fishes no meat, whether mammalian or from a bird.
I only give them very small pieces and they really love it.
not wishing to sound facetious but sharks eat human limbs,
However,. I understand sharks don't like our taste, but more importantly, these sharks normally eat seals. Also warmblooded. Shars will, therefore, just as the arrowana I mentioned, be adapted to eating warm blooded prey.
Back to your fishes - I would suggest not feeding strips of meat, but strips of fish instead.
Sometimes, I either feed them small pieces of a fish I caught myself, or finely diced shrimp, I'm a little bit afraid to try something else since you can't bring your loach to the vet as you'd do with a cat or dog...
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