Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-26-2012, 11:53 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Animal-Chin's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 1,315
Tell me what you know about my lionfish

Just picked up a dwarf lionfish. so far he'll only eat live food, any tips for getting him on frozen? I don't mind feeding him live but i hear its not great for him...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	06 June 26 020.jpg
Views:	73
Size:	173.5 KB
ID:	103050  
__________________

__________________
Animal-Chin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 12:00 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Posts: 33
When I had a dwarf lion, I fed live like you did, and slowly weaned him off of it onto silversides. I would buy a pack of frozen silversides and thaw out a whole one, or half of one depending on size of the dwarf lion. Id hold it in the tank, and wiggle it around, or at least try to, like a normal fish would move. It took some getting used to for it, but eventually it warmed up to me and he started grabbing them.
__________________

__________________
Brock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Animal-Chin's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 1,315
did you hold the silversides with your fingers or on a stick or something?
__________________
Animal-Chin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 12:03 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
needmorecowbell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 3,638
If your feeding goldies or something, don't, it's just asking for diseases. Try making some food, go to a grocer or something and get some shrimp, cod, really anything and everything. Add a few drops of garlic and freeze it. Try feeding a few chunks of that, if it doesn't work I would do live brine if its small enough to eat it and slowly lean him to frozen foods.
needmorecowbell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 12:04 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
needmorecowbell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: pittsburgh
Posts: 3,638
Quote:
Originally Posted by Animal-Chin
did you hold the silversides with your fingers or on a stick or something?
Do it on a stick, just like any other aggressive fish. Companies sell long tweezers that get the job done. Beautiful fish btw.
needmorecowbell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 12:14 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Animal-Chin's Avatar

Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Vancouver BC
Posts: 1,315
ya i've been trying chunks of raw shrimp on a stick but he doesnt react at all. he usually turns his back on me actually. when i throw a zebra danio in there he tracks and attacks. i'll keep trying with the frozen until i get it though....
__________________
Animal-Chin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Hondatek's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Virginia Beach
Posts: 3,969
Try whole frozen krill. Not the cubes kind. That's how I got my zebra lion to switch .
__________________
Feed your Filtration
Give it to Porc Chop he'll eat anything!!!!!
"This is my tank and these other fish just live in it"
^ Quoted from Porc Chop^
Hondatek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by Animal-Chin View Post
did you hold the silversides with your fingers or on a stick or something?
I should have used a stick, but I just used my fingers instead. With them being long pieces, there was enough distance to keep my fingers from his mouth. With me feeding like this, he eventually figured out the big hand was going to feed him. After a while, I could put my hand on the glass, and he'd swim up to it, knowing he'd be fed soon.
__________________
Brock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2012, 09:18 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Suwanee. GA
Posts: 36
I could not get my dwarf to eat until I bought some ghost shrimp. They really like the movement. One thing I did to get him to eat frozen was drop some silversides in front of a powerhead. The silverside wiggles down to him and he gobbles them up. Another thing I did was use a long stick and drop the food close to him. Now he recognizes me approaching the tank and swims into postion like Pavlof's dog.
__________________

__________________
AquariumAddiction is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
lionfish

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.