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    0 Not allowed!
    I tried feeding some crikets to my fish and NONE of them were able to eat it. the angel didnt even try it... he went for it and gave up half way there LOL
    the smaller fish were all nipping at it but they werent able to eat it....
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    I expected the angel to eat it at least...
    does any of u guys here feed crickets??

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    I do not feed or recommend any live food. It is unnecessary and can introduce parasites and diseases, as well as increase aggression levels, and doe snot have any nutritional benefit over high quality foods.
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    i sometimes do to my turtles..

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    I think crickets are a good treat for insectivores...not so much for nutrition as for a little roughage...
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    What kind of turtles. There are good pellets for water and for box turtles (not the same pellet obviously). In my opinion and experience it is not even close to worth it to risk parasites and diseases just to give a treat. If you really want a treat there are frozen foods and fresh produce.
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    What parasites come in farmed crickets?
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    i get parisite free and clean crickets and my fish often grab it. The tetras and angels will eat them, and so will the lamp. brichardi and auratus

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    At the store that I work at we feed our Arowana exclusively Crickets, and supplement it once a week with a few Orfe from the pond section, he has almost doubled in size since he first arrived.

    Edit: And with a price tag of 2750 ($5000) it is unlikely that we would take any chances with his health.
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    My box turtle livs outside and he eats cricket that he somehow ctaches, and also the cactus plants that grow. But I agree with reptileguy.
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    The last thing a fish should get is feeder fish. They should be fed only when all else is being refused. That arowana could be well on its way to parasites and diseases. Arowanas usually grow very well once they settle in, so there is nothing special about a fast growing arowana. Prepared foods are designed to fulfill all the dietary requirements of the animal in question. One of the big differences are the trace and micronutrients (usually in the ingredients list as a bunch of scientific sounding names that may sound bad at first). If nothing else feeding live dilutes the nutrition of the prepared food. And if there is no prepared food that could lead to a lot of problems. You don't feed your dog live rabbits or baby deer, why feed your turtle or fish any different. Live foods increase aggression as well. I cannot list any parasites off the top of my head that can definitely come in live crickets. Feeder fish are farmed and I think we can all agree that they are far from parasite and pathogen free. Yes, you are much less likely to introduce a fish disease with crickets, but the chances are higher than 0%. I know that many pathogens have a varied assortment of hosts, even obligating that they go from snail, to open water, to human or other host. So you can see that cricket smay be an intermediate host. The bigger picture is that there are much healthier things you could be feeding that do not include any risks such as disease, aggression, and definitely not malnutrition.
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