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Old 04-29-2011, 11:35 PM   #1
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My royal gramma was lost all day, so I began searching around for him. I found him in a treasure chest decoration I have.

I poked the end of the algae sponge down near him and he swam around frantically and did a faceplant into the sand.

Then he floated down onto his side. I poked him again and he swam around frantically and found his home again inside the treasure chest.

My water parameters are

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: between 0-5
SG: 1.024
pH: 8.2
kh: 11

I think he might be starving? I researched it and it said they eat meaty food but I've only been feeding the pellets. I blame the LFS for that info.

I have seen him eat the pellets though, so he might not be starving.

Do you think that is it or could there be something else?
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Does it look emaciated? If so, then yes feed it more with a mixture of mysis, krill, blenderized shrimp, roe, etc. but don't blame the lfs for inadequate research.
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Does it look emaciated? If so, then yes feed it more with a mixture of mysis, krill, blenderized shrimp, roe, etc. but don't blame the lfs for inadequate research.
if you research and you see something online and your lfs tells you something else which advice do you expect someone new to the hobby to take? dont be so hasty to pass judgement on people
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but don't blame the lfs for inadequate research.
+1, my fault really. I was just upset.. and I guess I was human trying to pass blame. I should've researched.

It doesn't look emaciated, then again I've only had it a couple of weeks so I'm not sure I would know.

Pet store's not open till morning. Is there anything meaty around the house I could give him till then? (might be a weird question)
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Not a weird question at all. If you have any type of natural/raw fish or shrimp (unseasoned) you can mince it and feed it out.
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Not a weird question at all. If you have any type of natural/raw fish or shrimp (unseasoned) you can mince it and feed it out.
Thanks. I will look around, but it is unlikely we have that. I'm going to look because there may be a small possibility we have some frozen fish.

If I took a picture, would you guys be able to tell if he looks emaciated?
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If the pic is reasonably clear we should be able to tell. If the animal does accept the pellets then you can try feeding more of them to it.
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:41 AM   #8
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I have seen him eat pellets. I just put a few in the eye dropper thing and squirted them down there around him.

I can't get a decent picture of him right now, he is near the back of the tank almost all the way hidden between the rocks.

I'll wait and see if he moves to get a clear picture.
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going to set up a hospital tank just in case
if i use my current sand, and rocks, and water from the display tank, would that be good enough not to start a cycle?
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Think it's possible he was attacked by the azure damselfish? The LFS told me to watch him.. and I did and everything appeared peaceful.

But I suppose it is possible.

I don't see any wounds though.
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