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Old 05-05-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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clownfish won't eat?

i have a pair of false Perculas and the larger of the two hasnt eaten in a week. i've attempt4ed to feed it flake food brine, and small pieces of shrimp, and yet it wont eat? anyone have any advice?
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How long have you owned it? What has it eaten previously and did you change brands or type of food?

Does it exhibit any spots or other abnormalities?
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Have you tried soaking the food in garlic. It is supposed to work with finicky eaters. This is exactly the reason I dont buy any fish from my LFS unless I see it eat. It`s something you might want to check out in the future. Right now soak it in garlic.
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Good follow up questions.

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I haven't tried any type of garlic soak for my clown fish -- I've had great success by soaking frozen foods (mysis shrimp, plankton, brine shrimp) in Selcon. My clown and Royal Gramma absolutely devour the food. If I don't use Selcon, they pretty much ignore the food.
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Garlic can make a world of difference with some fish, and no difference with others. For my puffers, if I drop just about anything in the tank they will eat until they nearly explode, with or without garlic. With my eel, I can poke him in the nose with krill, silversides, or anything without garlic and he will simply swim away. As soon as I use even a small amount of garlic to the food he goes into a feeding frenzy, literally.
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So just soak it in any kind of garlic? or like fresh garlic? or somthing premade?
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I use garlic guard, but you can probably use fresh squeezed garlic. I only put two drops in for my 55G and let soak for 20-30 minutes.
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so like soak like brine in it? or flake food? or what for some reason i just cant picture this.
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I have only used Garlic Guard with Krill and Silversides. You can use it with mysis or brine shrimp as well, and I don't see why you couldn't with flake food. Simply thaw the food if frozen and put in in a glass or cup. Add a little bit of garlic, let it soak in, and pour everything in the tank.
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I would tend to think soaking flake would just make it turn to mush. I rarely feed flakes and don't soak it, so I am not sure what the end result would be....
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