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Old 09-18-2006, 08:28 AM   #1
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Ideas for Coral Beauty that wont eat?

I purchased him two days ago and since then he hasn't eaten. The food is a mixture (read: mashed) up set of fish, shrimp, muscles, etc.

He's a rather large coral beauty, probably full size to be honest. I'm thinking of trying live food or mysis shrimp to see how that goes.

Any other suggestions? Could it just be the settling in blues?
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:09 AM   #2
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Soak the food in Garlic Guard or something similar. Should be able to find it at the LFS.

Also, it's not uncommon for a new fish not to eat for a few days, but garlic soaked food often can stimulate them. Helps with the immune system also.
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:56 AM   #3
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live brine gut loaded with selcon or phyto is how i have gotten all my fish to start eating. i then switch to garlic soaked mysis and flake food crunched up pretty small. it has worked everytime

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I go with garlic, as well. What was he eating at the LFS?
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Old 09-18-2006, 07:11 PM   #5
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Well I've never had any fish not eat so I haven't asked to see the fish eat, including this one. Perhaps now I've been burnt.

I'll have to try the garlic and get some mysis shrimp. Perhaps that will get him eating.
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Give him a couple of days. Feed with the garlic and wait and see. If he doesn't look emaciated then he is not starving. If you got a healthy fish from the store then the move from the LFS to your tank may have stressed him out a little. He needs to get comfortable in his new surroundings.
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I think this may be true. He's rather easily startled whenever I move anything quicker than a snail he dashes behind the rocks like a bat out of hell.

I'll try the garlic and mysis and see how it goes. He's a really good healthy specimin so I don't want to loose him.
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Give him a couple of days. Feed with the garlic and wait and see. If he doesn't look emaciated then he is not starving. If you got a healthy fish from the store then the move from the LFS to your tank may have stressed him out a little. He needs to get comfortable in his new surroundings.
Good advice, also try a vegetable matter such as nori/dried seaweed or green life line. CB like mysis and other meaty foods, but mine goes nuts for vetetarian selections as well.

Did you ask the LFS what they were feeding?

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I'm pretty sure what I'm feeding is what they've been fed. They were only in the store for about three days so I'm not entirely sure.. I'll have to check with them I think. I purchased the food I have from the same store and if I recall, they did mention once that is all they used.
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Give it time, I have only had one fish that I could not get to eat and that was a very small dwarf lion.

It is not uncommon for a fish to not noticebly eat for 3-5 days after the stress of shipping/moving. Also, if there is LR/any algea in the tank it many be eating without you noticing since they are great at picking LR, which is why I recommend a vegetarian selection.
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