Goldfish for my tiger salamander

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Dropped 7 2 inch goldfish in his tank, ate one in the first hour then took a nap lol. Anyone else doing this? P.s. He has a wide variety of food i.e. night crawlers, meal worms. Super meal worm night crawlers and ghost shrimp. Any comments?
 

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Perhaps some people would consider it to be brutal when you use gold fish as a food item, because they are considered as pets to the public. I don't see the difference however between feeding a gold fish or a worm as long as an animal doesn't need to suffer longer than necessary. Gold fish aren't as good as a food source as worms are, but offering a variety of food is a good thing.

I'm not too fond of meal worms though. Their nutricious value is low and the exoskeleton costs a lot of effort to digest or isn't digested at all which causes a risk for impaction. Gut loaded house crickets (field crickets have a hardier shell) and a wax worm now and then would be a better alternative.
 

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I would not feed goldfish. They're nutritionally inadequate, a quite unnatural food for a tiger salamander, may carry pathogens, etc. Is this an adult terrestrial tiger? If so, why would it be housed in a tank with enough water to support goldfish? Or is it a larvae/gilled adult?

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I wont feed mine goldfish. they loaded with all kinds of bad things. we stick to the earthworms and crickets.
 

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I feed mine Goldfish all the time. Goldfish are raised on pellets and flakes and rarely if ever have internal parasites. If they do, they are pretty obviously sick. I am not sure if fish parasites could transfer to a salamander but I suppose it is a possibility. I hand feed them to avoid fouling the water as Gold fish put on a lot of ammonia, scales and such when feed in the water. I would add also that you do not want to make Goldfish a staple as they are basically just fat. Greater for trying to fatten a tiger up, but usually that is not a problem.
 

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Goldfish are poop-machines. If you want to use fish as a food source, I think rosy reds or fathead minnows are a better option.
 

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I don't really see whats wrong with using worms, theyre not expensive and can be gathered from a pesticide free place or bought at a bait store, walmart, petstores, etc.
 

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I use night crawlers, horn worms and sometimes crickets

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