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Old 08-03-2004, 03:03 PM   #1
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Porcupine Puffer won't eat

I got a porcupine puffer 3 days ago and he will not eat the food I give him. I have tried the frozen cube stuff and fresh seafood and he won'even acknowledge it. The store he came from I am poretty sure fed him feeder fish only. Am I gonna have to feed him feeders?
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Old 08-03-2004, 03:42 PM   #2
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Pick up some clams at the grocery store, still in the shell, crack open the shell about 1/4 of the way. When mine wasnt eating, this was a sure fire way to get him to eat. After it is dependably eating the clam, I started putting frozen food in the clam shell and that weaned it onto frozen food. It is worth a try and clams are not very expensive. Freshwater feeder fish are not good for saltwater fish.
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Old 08-04-2004, 01:45 PM   #3
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Mine took a few days to start eating. Maybe try sliver sides (which I hate) or try soaking the food in garlic.
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If it has been three days I would not worry too much about it. give it a bit more time. The garlic thing is a great idea.
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I want to know why feeder fish or not good. please let me know.
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Freshwater feeders dont have to proper fatty acids to maintain a SW fish. SW feeders can introduce parasites and disease. Unless you grow your own SW feeders they are not safe.
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what about using small sw fish caught yourself in a castnet?
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I use freshwater water feeders and soak their food in garlic & Vitamins for a day then feed them like that to my triggers, eels, wrasse & Batfish.
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I would be careful about adding any self-caught food. You never know what you might introduce to your system in the process.
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It is possible you can introduce infections or parasites. Just to be safe you can freeze them first.
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