Scuds - not cichlids

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Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Lisachromis » Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:50 am

Does anyone know if scuds (gammarus) eat fish eggs? I've looked all over for this information, and no one seems to have an answer.

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Lisachromis » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:29 am

Guess no one knows... like me! :lol:

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Post by zenins » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:24 pm

Lisa,

You might have to sacrifice some fish eggs to find out, then let us know :)

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Lisachromis » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:08 pm

You mean I have to breed my fish again? :lol: 8)

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Post by zenins » Thu Oct 25, 2012 7:06 pm

Lisachromis wrote:You mean I have to breed my fish again? :lol: 8)

Well it does happen sometimes ... right ?

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Lisachromis » Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:02 am

The odd time... :)

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Don Hiatt » Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:47 pm

Wikipedia has this to say about Amphipods.

"Most amphipods are detritivores or scavengers,[4] with some being grazers of algae, omnivores or predators[5] on small insects and crustaceans.[4] Food is grasped with the front two pairs of legs which are armed with large claws."

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Darrell Ullisch » Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:55 pm

I recall some years ago that someone among the killifish hobbyists was trying to use amphipods to keep the killifish eggs clean to prevent fungus, and because infertile eggs got soft, they were able to eat those. However, I don't remember it as the standard scuds that were being used. Haven't heard anything about it in quite a while, so I'm not sure if it didn't work, or if the "cleaners" were just too hard to get hold of.
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Post by Don Hiatt » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:02 am

Darrell Ullisch wrote:I recall some years ago that someone among the killifish hobbyists was trying to use amphipods to keep the killifish eggs clean to prevent fungus, and because infertile eggs got soft, they were able to eat those. However, I don't remember it as the standard scuds that were being used. Haven't heard anything about it in quite a while, so I'm not sure if it didn't work, or if the "cleaners" were just too hard to get hold of.
Hmm, very interesting.

I always just thought of them as a potential food source for my fish.

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Ganapoes » Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:00 am

Guess no one knows... 8) :lol:

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by ashleyco » Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:29 pm

very interesting.

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Don Hiatt » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:50 pm

Maybe try some killifish forms??? Unfortunately, a Google search of "use of amphipods to keep killifish eggs clean" yields this thread as the top search result.

I did come across this posting in my search. Looks like a good starting point at finding your scuds at least. http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/auction/ ... 1341603009

Why not give it a shot?

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Lisachromis » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:10 pm

I already have them. I was curious whether or not they would eat eggs if the fish they are in with spawn.

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Don Hiatt » Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:50 am

I guess the only way to find out is to try???

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Re: Scuds - not cichlids

Post by Lisachromis » Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:42 am

Still waiting for a spawn! Going to rearrange the tank and start doing some cool water changes.

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