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What to do with bad frozen food?

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What to do with bad frozen food?

« posted: 2 years ago »
I may be alone here, but sometimes, I'll leave frozen food frozen for too long, and it'll go bad (it'll dry out somehow, or it'll turn a different color, etc.). I hate to waste this food, and I'll definitely never feed this to my saltwater fish. But...can I feed this "ruined" food to other fish? Like fish that I don't intend to breed or anything? Aside from a ruined nutritional profile, what's bad about feeding this fish food? Can fish get food poisoning?
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Re: What to do with bad frozen food?

« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
It probably depends on the food but yes. In addition to bacterial spoilage (bacteria is still active in the freezer, just much slower), protein breaks down. Vitamins break down. But the clincher for me is that the fats that go rancid actually become carcinogenic and mutagenic.

I know it's hard to throw out food that seems usable. I still have some old packs I know I can't use but I feel like throwing away would be wasting. I'll never feed them to anything, but it seems like throwing money away. So I feel you. But I personally wouldn't feed to anything that had value to me. I doubt anything is going to drop dead, but there are potential consequences, and like most things bad for you, the effects are cumulative.

On the other side of the coin, the likelihood of it having lasting effects for a single feeding or infrequent feeding is slim.
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« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
My issue with bad food is getting it into the trash in time for the Garbage Trucks and not too early where it stinks to high heaven and attracks the coons!

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« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
There is that too. I dare say far too much food is in the freezer because I always think about throwing it away on the wrong days!
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« Reply #4 posted: 2 years ago »
Throwing it away is a no brainer as it is not only bad to feed but it can pollute your tank as well. Not worth the risk no matter how much it costs your livestock is more precious.
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« Reply #5 posted: 1 year ago »
I agree with both the feeling of wasting, as well as necessary throwing away part wholeheartedly!!!
But I will say this: I used to raise freshwater feeder fish: you can actually feed spoiled mysis to them and they will pretty much thrive no matter what.  ;) also, freshwater livebearing fish like guppies, platies and mollies are easily raised on old chopped mysis too.
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