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When I feed my reds, they often swallow a piece of food, than spit it out, swallow it again, spit it out again, and so on (it's almost as if they are juggling with their food)...
I used to believe they only did it with pieces of food too large to swallow, but I've noticed they also do it with small chunks which they could swallow easily.
Also, they often really swallow/eat it only when another one threatens to take the chunk of food away.

It looks pretty funny, but does anyone know why they do this?
 

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Hey no reason to be sorry about asking questions
. This is normal. In fact all of my fish will do this. I have a RBP that will do this and also I have many cichlids that will do this behavior as well. I have not found any research to back this up yet so I am not 100% sure why they do this. Some thoughts might include a method of tasting, and natural eating behaviors. This is also why they are considered "messy eaters" and recommended that you have a good filtration system within the tank. Sorry if this does not fully answer your question but I will see what else I can find for you :cool:
 

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Mine do this as well if I give cut up food. I usually feed large pieces of food so they are all taking chunks out of it and they do not spit it out. My rhom does this with feeders, I always thought he was just trying to chew it so he needed to possition it in relation to his teeth. I have seem more than one feeder swim away when he gets spit out.
 

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Snow Cichlid, the reason why I said I was sorry is because you were in favour of a seperate feeding forum... I was just kidding with ya...
I agree it might have something to do with tasting as well as positioning the food in the mouth (like shark often take investigatory bites before they launch an all-out attack), but the latter explanation doesn't explain why they also do it with pieces small enough to swallow at once...

Thanks for your input, guys, keep 'em coming...

btw. Grosse: I'd love to see a video of your rhom spitting out a live feeder after swallowing it. That must be quite a hilarious sight :laugh: Perhaps it's maternal instinct: mouth brooding :laughlong:
 

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Judazzz said:
btw. Grosse: I'd love to see a video of your rhom spitting out a live feeder after swallowing it. That must be quite a hilarious sight :laugh: Perhaps it's maternal instinct: mouth brooding :laughlong:
It is very funny, and he gets so pissed off when they swim away like nothing happened. There will be like 5 other feeders and he will track that one down until he gets him, he is such a dumbass sometimes.
 

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"So he remembers for more than 3 seconds that he's being f*cked with by that specific goldfish.
Man, amazing memory capabilities, those fish "

He sure seems to, but I may be giving him more credit than he deserves. Also, it does not take him much more than 3 seconds to get the escapee.
 

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I didn't know that either, but when I fed my reds about an hour ago, I looked a bit closer, and indeed noticed they them to move the food around in thier mouths, making chewing motions, before swallowing it (or spitting it out again
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