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Old 04-25-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Question Feeling discouraged Help plez

Quick run thru of my tank... It is 55 gallon read the dummies guide and a lot of stuff online. ran tank with just water and filter, cascade 700, for 3 weeks. added 10 lbs of live rock and 35 base rock set them in for another 3 weeks. added a damsel and ten hermy crabs, no problems. bout 5 snails in there now too. I keep up regular weekly testing nothing has spiked my ph is at 8.0.. salt at 1.024... o yea and i have a sally light foot crab in there, he kicks but.

so, i have gotten the customary clown fish. Two of them. Supposedly mated, per lfs. they stick real close and it seems to b true. It has been 48 hours and they have survived seem healthy but will not eat. Ive tried with the powerhead off. still they stay in the corner. i have omega one marine flakes and freeze dried brine shrimp. The freeze dried stuff is pretty useless it floats on top and even my lively damsel wont go up there to eat. I guess im gonna go try and get a new food. just not sure what. pellets, frozen, something else??
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Old 04-25-2011, 09:32 AM   #2
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Just give it a bit, 48 hours isn't a long time for them to not eat. They're probably just adjusting to being in your tank.

Now if we were talking a week without eating I'd be worried, but now they're just getting used to being in their new home.
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:06 PM   #3
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Also you don't want to add the frozen food directly into the tank. Put it into a cup of tank water and let it dissolve first.
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Thanks for the replys. I feel a little better. After you disolve the food do you just pour it in? i think ive seen videos on youtube where they r using a baster.
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Yea a baster or a spoon
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:20 AM   #6
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I just put it in a red plastic cup and now whenever i wear red or they see red they get all excited also if they are not eating what ur throwing in there try buying frozing carnviore cubes its it has bloodworms mysis shrimp and brine and when u pour it out of the cup it tends to stay towards the bottom
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When I use foods that float, I just push it down mid way and it starts to sink. Are the clowns even trying to eat? like eat it and spit it out? or are they just avoiding the food. I've had my clowns for a week and they eat and swim happily but tend to stay in the corner also
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they ignore or get out of the foods way completly. im gonna go to the store this evening and hopefully find something they will eat. theyve been moving around tho. instead of camping out behind the rocks they are right in the middle of my tank now.
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If you are using frozen food make sure you rinse it because it can cause the nitrates to go up. You might want to try some Rods food, this food I don't rinse before feeding. Chance are they are just adjusting to a tank. Another thing you might want to try is garlic guard for some reason garlic helps increase the appetite.

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All of my fishes love mysis shrimp so maybe try that and if you want to be extra sure, you can use the garlic on whatever you try like joy13 mentioned
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