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Old 01-16-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hippo Tang not eating?

My hippo tang doesnt seem to approach her food, i've tried seaweed salad. Any suggestions on what she may take? tia

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Is she new to your tank? Have you seen her eat at all?

I never had an issue with my hippo not eating, but I did with a kole tang. Turned out it just didn't like my variety of foods I offered. LOL

If I were you and she is a new addition to your tank I would suggest calling and trying whatever they were feeding her where you purchased her. I had a kole tang that would only eat these cruddy pellets the LFS used, which I did not use, after offering her the pellets she ate readily and eventually tried other foods, once accepting them and I did away with the pellets altogether.

Is she being bullied away from the food by the clowns?

Also, perhaps if she is new she needs adjusting time as well.

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Old 01-16-2006, 06:37 PM   #3
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Good advice from Florida....

I would just add that you may try adding some garlic (I use garlic extreme by Kent) and soak the food in it.....sometimes it ilicits a feeding response in picky eaters. Although, if she's a new addition, it may just take a couple days for her before she'll eat.
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Old 01-16-2006, 09:08 PM   #4
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I would also recommend using the Kent Marine Garlic Xtreme. It is an all natural food additive for fish. It is a natural attractant to fish and will help cause finicky eaters to take food. We had a Dog Faced Puffer at work that wouldnt eat for like a week or two after being put into our system. We just added a couple of drops to some krill and he was munching. Good luck. Try feeding some mysis or flake. I have a Hippo and she wouldnt touch nori for like a year. She started eating it once I added a Yellow Tang. I guess the other Tang sparked an interest for nori in the Hippos mind. Good Luck HTH
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