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Old 01-05-2005, 04:05 PM   #1
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Lionfish Feeding!!!

Can anyone offer me some advic on what best to feed a Lionfish please. I bought it about a month ago and was advised by the seller to feed it frozen lancefish which it was fine with for the first few weeks but just recently it hasn't been eating anything. Does anyone know of any reason why it would have stopped eating or is this a common occurence. I have also been thinking of breeding guppies to feed it live whats your opinions on this good or bad????

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Old 01-05-2005, 04:10 PM   #2
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Guppies, or any freshwater feeders, will not be good for a SW fish in the long run. They are used temporarily to get the fish eating, but he will need to be coaxed into eating frozen food. I had a lot of success feeding mine frozen krill soaked in garlic. Give that a try or you can try some live brine. HTH

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Old 01-05-2005, 04:18 PM   #3
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cheers mate il try that
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:20 PM   #4
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When mine was done eating the damsels, I hand fed him shrimp that I thawed and soaked in Zoe and garlic. Have to make sure the pieces are small because the lion can choke. Also need to be careful you don't overfeed. He loves them....when he can get a piece before the shark
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:28 PM   #5
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Right ok then it looks like soaking things in Garlic is the way ahead and I know mine is defiantely partial to shrimp as he has already eaten mine what type of garlic do you soak it in ?? i it just pureed garlic cloves or do you buy liquid stuff??
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I use Garlic Guard which you should be able to buy at your LFS. Others may be able to give you a none LFS garlic remedy as well
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Right ok then cheers for that I'll have a look at my LFS thanks for your advice
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Mine will eat any type of food. Pellets, fish, krill, clams and scollops from the supermarket. He's easy to feed. But, will eat evertthing I put in there. So it makes it tough to feed the puffers.
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Old 01-05-2005, 04:46 PM   #9
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I must have just the picked the fussy one then mine is right a picky bastard but i'll try some of the things off here tonight and then hopefully he will start eating I never knew that giving the food a scent would be so good but obviously it is
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Sometimes I think, at least in most cases, the lions like to see the food moving. Mine will follow a scallop all the way to the bottom. But once it gets there he just stares at it until the current starts move it which is when he moves in for the "kill." That's why I think hand feeding works well. You get as close as you can, watching out for the obvious, and then drop the food in their sightline. If done right, you will entice him with the movement of the food.
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