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Shawnny3June 24th, 2013, 2:53 pm
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My brother and I kept a few fish for dinner the other night and examined the stomach contents. There were a few insects and shrimp, but what I was most intrigued by was that about 95% of what was in their stomachs was seaweed. We were wondering if the fish consume this because they know it contains crustaceans and insects, or if the seaweed is consumed unintentionally as they consume bugs, or if they actually gain some nutrition from the seaweed. Thoughts?

-Shawn
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Kschaefer3June 24th, 2013, 3:06 pm
St. Paul, MN

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I would be inclined to think they eat seaweed as a by product of eating insects and crustaceans, or because they know insects and crustaceans reside in them. This is a very interesting question though. Anyone have a good seaweed fly?
PaulRobertsJune 26th, 2013, 8:03 pm
Colorado

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Dunno. I've seen it too -filamentous algae I believe, but not to that degree. Any idea what the plants were?
Shawnny3June 26th, 2013, 10:22 pm
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Pleasant Gap, PA

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Not a clue. Probably the same stuff we kept picking off our flies. Maybe we should have left it on there. Then again, would that be considered bait fishing?

-Shawn
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GutcutterJune 27th, 2013, 8:06 pm
Pennsylvania

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Maybe they're a vegan subspecies?
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PaulRobertsJune 28th, 2013, 5:52 pm
Colorado

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Then again, would that be considered bait fishing?

-Shawn

I guess that would be considered vegan bait. AOK in some circles.

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