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Old 12-22-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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Well after a few months of debate I decided to add a Blue Throat Trigger, my LFS had him for about 2 weeks even tho when I got there he was hiding behind the powerhead. He seemed very healthy and when food was added to the tank, he went to town. He just seemed a little timid. So I brought him home and drip acclimated him for 3 hours. About a half hour ago I added him in, as soon as he was in he started swimming in the corner continuously and not stopping now he is just laying on his side on the bottom of the tank, I'm going to keep an eye on him but it makes no sense, he was doing fine and all. I fed the tank as soon as he went in but he didn't go for anything, I also turned all the lights off so he could feel secure. What do you think is he just in shock? I'm going to keep an eye on him throughout the night.
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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yea i would say its shock.....

hopefully he doesn't get too stressed...

does he have rocks etc it the tank for him to hide??? they normally hide for several days/weeks until they feel more comfortable and then they start appearing
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Update- I just went and checked on him and he moved, now he is in the back of the tank in a little cave/arch wedged up between the rock and glass, he seems to be calming down as His breathing is starting to regulate. Im gonna check in another hour or so.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:42 PM   #4
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yea if it's hiding out in between rocks and stuff.... what its doing is pretty normal. just make sure itll eat now and again and itll be fine. doubt he would be wanting food for the next few days but just drop some food around near his cave and itll come out and grab it if he wants it.
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I bought a Blue Throat a couple years ago (my first trigger), and it hid as soon as I released him and never came out. I pulled his carcass out a few days later. They are so easily freaked out.
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Triggers are just weird,...mine ( rectangular ) also disappeared for a while after I introduced him and hid in the rocks and I couldn't find him at all for a day or two then he came out and three years later he's still weird lol
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is there any type of trigger out there that's reef safe and wont try and eat smaller fish like firefish???
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Blue throat^^^ lol females you can get rally small
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:54 AM   #9
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Update, i watched him for about an hour and he has been moving spots, I think he found his favorite towards the top left of the tank wedged in some rock. Ill update tomorrow to see if he eats
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So I brought him home and drip acclimated him for 3 hours.
A 3 hour acclimation is an awfully long time. What was the temp of the water after those 3 hours? If the temp difference was big enough, temp shock could have been an issue.
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