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Old 04-30-2005, 07:10 PM   #1
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Fireball angel not eating!

I've just added a fireball angel to my tank, and he seems to be doing fine (looking healthy, swimming around etc.). But, he's not eaten in the 4 days he's been in my tank.

He just doesn't seem bothered for the food (gamma/mysis/brineshrimp soaked in vits and garlic).

However, he's constantly (all day) picking the rock, sand and glass for algae.

What should I do?

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Old 04-30-2005, 07:39 PM   #2
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Clip some dried seaweed or nori for him on the glass. You could also try soaking the food in some galic extract to entice him to eat. I've never heard of a fireball angel. Is it a dwarf? Like the flame angel?
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Old 04-30-2005, 08:07 PM   #3
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Cool, I've got some Nori.

How much would you put in (size of sheet) and how long shall I leave it in for?

It's a dwarf angel - also known as flameback angel. He's a nice little fella - haven't seen one before in my LFSs!

Doesn't he need his meat too though?
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Ah, I know what the flameback is. lol I would put just a small piece in, maybe a inch square. It can be left in all day long. Yes, it should have a variety but, if it is eating the nori, at least it's getting substance. I figure with these small angels, they take what they need. I have a CB who loves flake food and doesn't even pick at the nori (but I put it in anyway). So, it may depend on the fish and it's mood.
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I'm guessing just picking at the algae on the rock and sand won't be enough to sustain it though?

But surely if he was hungry he'd go for the food I've been putting in (soaked in garlice extreme and vits)?

I read somewhere Nori should be taken out after about 2 hours so as not to contaminate the tank?
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Old 05-01-2005, 06:04 PM   #6
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Does dried seaweed ever go off?? There doesn't seem to be a best before date on it. I opened the packet a few months ago and resealed it. I guess it'll be ok?
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Old 05-01-2005, 06:17 PM   #7
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I would guess it would be ok. I only have one angel so I've had my nori for a few months also. Also, I leave it in for most of the day and it doesn't degrade my water. As for your fish, I'm not sure if it would get enough from the rocks to sustain it. I'd keep offering just in case.
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No probs, it just says on the packet to keep in for a couple of hours. I'll give it a shot tonight!
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Well, I left the Nori in for 4 hours, and my shrimp and crabs jumped straight on it!

None of the other fish, including the angel, even went near it, let alone ate it. This was even when the shrimp/crabs weren't eating it and it was "free".

He still seems fairly merry, swimming all around the tank picking at algae (which I do have a lot of!).

Will try again tonight.
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