I have been noticing a lot of us have been saying we feed our fishy's with a pellet on our finger, well I have been doing it too, until I got lil bites, and was a tad concerned in regards to getting a fish bite, So I was wondering has anyone else ever gotten bitten before, if so, do you still feed your fishy with your finger, and also I was wondering is it even safe for us and for the fishy's especially if they bite??
It's perfectly safe. Betta teeth are great for chomping up little mosquitos, but they won't break human skin. If they did, I'd bleed like a river every time I did a water change - my bettas and Endlers, and now my killifish too, spend their whole time nomming on my arm.
Fishy bites are benign. You should probably wash your hands after feeding your fishy, but not before, unless you make sure to rinse all the soap off your hands before the fish approaches. Caressing your betta is probably a bad idea, because of his/her slime coat that could rub off, but otherwise contact between your finger and fishy's lips/teeth? is minimally troubling to the fishy.
A couple of my fish chomp onto my finger when I feed them. None have ever broken skin on me, and I don't touch fish tank water intentionally if I ever have broken or really dry cracked skin- or even a painful hang nail, because like someone else said, you can get sick sometimes.
It's surprising when they do it but I think it's cute. If your fish is breaking skin on your finger deff don't let him bite you. If he's just nibbling, I'd say it's ok :)
I can't even get my hands near the tank without Crusoe thinking he needs to destroy them. He's really relentless and although I love him jumping to eat off my finger, it gets very irritable when I do things like reaching in to remove a decoration or yesterday when I was putting his heater into the tank. The moment he sees my hands he darts at them and goes into full attack mode.
I had to resort to isolating him in his floating cup once because he just wouldn't stop nipping during a partial water change.
My Endlers are worse than my girls. They never leave my arm alone. I thnk the girls just follow their terrible example. :p
Tip to everyone: never crush snails with your fingers, on the subject of wounds. If you get snail-shell stuck in your fingers, you can get really sick. Some, like ramshorns, carry really nasty viruses.