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Old 08-08-2010, 05:28 PM   #1
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Lawnmower blenny died

I woke up this morning toMIT lawnmower blenny dead! I've had him for about 5 months. I'm guessing it was a food problem. I bought him bc I was having algea control problems even with the skimmer on 24/7. After I bought him about a month and a half later and most of it was completely gone. He still lived off algea growing on and around the rock but I'm guessing it wasn't enough. Really sucks tho bc I enjoyed him a lot. Is there something else I should consider getting or try again with another one. Btw he would NEVER eat anything that I gave him! There was a couple times he almost tried to eat some pellets, as soon as he got to it he changed his mine and ran off.
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How big is the tank? You could have supplemented his feeding with algae wafers or other veggie preparations. Not sure that those fish enjoy eating pellets and all that. They are strictly herbivores.
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Yes that`s one of the problems with having one. They usually starve after the algea is gone. I always suggest you see it eat before you get one. Sorry about your loss.
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Hmm. I guess my phone messed up. Sorry. Ok it's a 55 gallon. Btw I watched this particular one in the store for about a month. Took him home and after about 30 minutes he was monchin on the algea. I bought some veggie algea sheets and he wouldn't even touch it. My scopas and fox loved it how ever. The only thing he would eat is the hair algea that grew on te rocks and he would scrape algea build up off the back glass. Before I got him the whole backglass was green. Bc I replaced the crappy lowes light set up I got with the tank with a Catalina fixture and vitality 55w 10K bulbs and that's when my algea took off. But like said he completely destroyed it. Think it's worth a shot at getting another and using the listed foods you gave me to see if the next one will eat it?
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Im in a similar situation with a tailspot blenny. He goes around the tank nipping at the rocks. I put in some algae grazing block that is really messy. Its like jello that falls apart easily. He comes out and gets some of the stuff floating around but doesnt nip at the block.

He will nip some nori from time to time, but I cant seem to find something stable for him. He wont touch the formula 1 pellets, but this is likely because he is an herbivore. I may try some veggie pellets next since he seems to be less shy now.

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i've always kept algae blennies and have never lost one. all the ones i have kept learned to eat whatever i fed the other fish and nori sheets.
this is actually the first time i've heard of someone losing one. i'm thinking it could be something besides starvation.
btw, they are omnivores.
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Always thought they were herbivores.

Anyways, on another note, i also think there is something else going on. Scopas tang? and a Fox? Got any other fish in that tank? Have you recently tested your water parameters?
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all the ones i have kept have eaten flake and other MEATY foods on a regular basis.
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mine loves anything you can give it and will not touch any hair algae
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