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Old 01-18-2018, 03:05 PM   #1
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Can't get them to eat

So I recently got 3 peacock gudeons that will inhabit a 20 gallon long soon, but I've been having trouble getting them to eat. I have tried flakes, pellets, wafers, freeze dried blood worms and freeze dried shrimp. I don't know if they're eating them without me seeing them but I haven't observed them eating and they haven't come to the surface as they're bottom fish. Ive also used tongs to reach food down to them but they haven't seem interested. Any advice on this? Can't really do live or frozen foods atm
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I've used Omega One cichlid pellets in the past to entice finicky fish to eat. The pellets are very small and they sink to the bottom.
You might up the temp. A bit to the upper range of the fishes accepted parameters.
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Might want to try something frozen that is small.
Like cyclops ,daphnia or brine shrimp.
I would not think a bottom feeder is going to be interested in freeze dried anything as it floats forever?
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I would also try soaking a few pellets you have in garlic juice /garlic guard, fish go crazy over garlic, you can make your own or seachem sells the garlic guard.

I'm not an expert but I don't think garlic will hurt that species of fish.
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Alright, I just tried some other pellets and I'll see what happens to those, thanks for the input guys
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Be sure that they have enough hiding places. Comfortable / secure fish always eat better.
I know you said live foods are out for now, but black worms have always worked for me in the past.
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