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Posted by Bill Moss on April 21, 2003 at 21:49:58:
In Reply to: Goldfish bad?? posted by ReptileMatt on April 21, 2003 at 09:10:02:
A few won't hurt anything but should still be avoided. Goldfish tend to be sickly and of dubious nutritional value. In additon, they contain thiaminase which blocks thiamine absorption. Long-term this condition can cause paralysis and death. In general, fatty, oily fish such as those from the carp family (and others) are not good to use as feeders. Read more about this in the crocodilian FAQ under "feeding". Anyone who told you goldfish are good to use as feeders doesn't have a clue what they are talking about.
As for the other response about freezing fish - freezing increases the level of thiaminase.
:I have heard many mix things about feeding goldfish to gators. I have heard everything from its good for them to its posion. I feed my gator mostly crickets, mice, and a few goldfish a week as a treat. If anyone knows the real deal on goldfish let me know.