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Old 07-11-2011, 02:30 AM   #1
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Help with Lawnmower Blenny please

I have a 4 inch lawnmower blenny in my tank and I believe he may not be getting enough to eat (rapid breath and mouth is usually open). I have not seem him pick at nearly anything either.

I have been reading online about feeding him algae sheets (which I am trying but have never seen him eat) along with trying to feed him frozen food (tried brine shrimp) but I have never definitely seen him eat. I do not have a sump to grow algae but I would definitely love to feed this guy and make sure he survives.

I was going to go to the LFS tomorrow and purchase some algae covered rock but I wanted to ask what I could do to better his chances. Also what is the kind of algae on the rock that I would want to get.

I do not have much algae in my tank that I notice at all so I was wondering if I could also just leave my lights on for hours at a time to help grow some. Please help, I will return him if I need to but if you have any ideas thank you~
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:46 AM   #2
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I don't think rapid breathing and keeping his mouth open is because he's not getting something to eat. It may be something else.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:54 AM   #3
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I have one in my 60 gal tank and he is alway eating. I did start putting in algae sheets and he like them. I think you might have something else that is wrong. Check your nitrate levels and ammonia. Another thing you could try growing some macro algae in a separate tank to feed him.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:58 AM   #4
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my ammonia is at 0 while nitrates are not detectable. I was going to separate him tomorrow (hoping that I can catch him..) and try to "train" him onto a new diet. Are their any ideas on how I can do this?

I was thinking of just tying some algae sheets to a algae covered rock :T
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:00 AM   #5
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Don't try and separate him. This will only cause stress. Get some algae sheets and a clip and leave a sheet in there for 24 hours. If it gone he is eating it. If not I would look into something else. Try some flakes maybe
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:06 AM   #6
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Do you have a lawnmower blenny tom? I guess I don't want to stress him either...I like him and buying live rock with algae is not a long term solution. Oh and for the clips, the **** hermit crabs get to it but I will try clipping it to the wall again and pray he does, but I dont know just because when its on the rock he completely ignores it :T

As for the flakes just drop them in front of him? I am worried he is just a wild caught blenny and has no clue what this food stuff is
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Yeah I have one. Try placing the clip at the top half of the glass. As for flakes put them in a net and lower the net in the water so they sink then kinda chumm the water lol.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:18 AM   #8
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Just moved the clip to the top, thanks Tom. I keep reading that lots of these guys are different in some will eat this and some will eat that. I am gonna go to the store tomorrow and buy some maybe green algae and see if he takes to that. I will also leave my lights on and hopefully grow something , its sad and ironic that I want algae now but I just want the little guy to be okay
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Just get used to the idea that he may not last. I've had and heard of many lawnmowers that die when the natural growing algea in the tank is all gone. Best of luck with yours.

I replaced mine with a sailfin blenny. He easily adapted to eating both algea and food. Much prettier too.

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I have noticed that lawnmower blennys breath faster normally than most fish.
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