Food coming out of gills normal???

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Invertebrates' started by Gouramiguy17, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Gouramiguy17

    Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    I was feeding my fish and I dumped in a bunch of thawed blood worms and my male krib swam up and got a bunch. Later he was chewing on them and I saw something start to come out of his gill, it was a blood worm. I watched and another one started to come out. Then he saw it and started to try to eat it. It was stuck in his gill and he had it in his mouth. Eventually he managed to eat it. Is this normal and what could I do to stop it from happening
  2. TedsTank

    TedsTankWell Known MemberMember

    It was probably fish greed. They are always opportunistic feeders and will grab all they can. Feed them less in increments. I wish the thawed worms around in a small cup and pour them across a part of the tank so everyone gets some. I'm sure he grabbed more than he could swallow.
  3. OP

    Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

  4. play

    playValued MemberMember

    That happened to my platy
  5. OP

    Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    Is it painful? It looks painful
  6. Meenu

    MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    okay, i've never heard of this and it totally gives me the willies.
  7. gunner13Well Known MemberMember

    I don't think it harms the fish in any way, my large syno and my fire eel are always sifting through the sand and shed loads of sand comes out of their gills. So the answer to is it painful to the fish is that it's very doubtful.
    Hope this helps.

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