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Old 07-05-2005, 01:06 AM   #1
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Some feeding questions

I got a new yellow stripe maroon clown last week. I added it to my tank that already had a fire fish in it. I have two problems. One is that I don't know what my clown would like to eat. I've tried formula two and flakes and he doesn't seem to like those. Any suggestions?

My other problem is with my fire fish. Since the addition of my clown he only makes brief appearances from his hiding place. I know he needs to eat but have not been able to get him out long enough to eat. ???

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Old 07-05-2005, 05:13 AM   #2
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The fire fish is most likely being put in place by the new clown. Don't worry too much. The best way to get food to the little guys in crevices and toward the bottom and back of the tank is to make a mix of food and instead of dropping the food onto the surface of the water, make the food look like it's snowing. Swish the food around. The current produced from the swishing will allow food particles to reach hidden areas where other animals may be.

Try thawed out frozen foods like krill, brine shrimp, cyclopseze are a favorite among the fish, mysis shrimp, and squid. Also, check your water quality. This is a new fish adding more ammonia and waste to the system. You just want to make sure ther isn't an ammonia spike occuring that may be affecting appetite. You can also benefit from feeding the fish garlic soaked food about once a week or every other week...especially when a new fish is introduced. Garlic is an appetite stimilant and also a method of preventing external parasites from latching onto the fish. Just as garlic works with dogs and cats with fleas and us with mosquitos, it wards off ich. Doesn't kill the little buggers but they don't like the aroma of garlic and are reluctant to eat on a fish that tastes like it too.
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