My fish ate a house fly.

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Well on Sunday morning I was done eating my breakfast and it was now time to feed my fish. I noticed that one of my white skirt tetra's had a huge nasty house fly in his mouth. I was worried that my whole tank would get some bad bacteria of the fly but decided to see what he was going to do with it. After a while he took off the flies wings and legs by nibbling on it. After my white skirt ate the flies butt I decided to remove it since I started to think it could carry bad bacteria and disease.
I will post a short video on the freshwater aquarium video thread.

White Skirt Tetra eats a live house fly.

My White Skirt Tetra was gobbling up a house fly and he really wanted to eat the whole thing.arky
 

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So long as you havn't been spraying poisons or anything around it's no big deal for your fish to eat flies & other insects that find their way into the tank. Mine have munched numerous flies, mosquitos & the Oscars even used to eat the occasional spider that was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
 

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Fish eat insects, it's what they do. So unless you've been spraying for bugs it will be fine. Some hobbyists even cultivate wingless fruit flies to feed to their fish. I give mine all the flies I can swat, mosquitoes too.
 

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I'm the same as ldbrown, whenever I kill an insect small enough for my fish to eat, I feed it to them
 

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hehe striker.

Did he end up getting it down in one piece? What a guts
 

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Good morning,

I've merged your threads since they are both dealing with your fish eating a fly.
Thanks!
Ken
 
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Zenial said:
hehe striker.

Did he end up getting it down in one piece? What a guts
No because I took it away from him. I thought he was going to break his mouth.
 

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I have seen oscars eat feeder goldfish until the last fish is 1/2 way down and their gut distended to the point they look as though they will pop and still be chasing feeders around the tank. It is not a pretty site but fish are gluttons by nature eat today for tomorrow may be famine.
 
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ldbrown3138 said:
I have seen oscars eat feeder goldfish until the last fish is 1/2 way down and their gut distended to the point they look as though they will pop and still be chasing feeders around the tank. It is not a pretty site but fish are gluttons by nature eat today for tomorrow may be famine.
I now come to think that is very true.
 

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That is cool I've never seen a fish do that. I wonder what would happen if they tried to eat a bad spider, like a brown recluse?
 

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Lately my Green Sunfish has been hanging near the top of the tank, which is odd. Tonight when I shut off my lights and left the tank lights on I discovered why. All the house flies swarm under the lights and, well he jumps out of the water and eats them live...So far 3 in a row haha, he's awesome.
 

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That is the coolest thing, it makes me want to go get some flies. It's not quiet warm enough here yet for our flies to come out ,but maybe in a month I can try it.
 

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