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Old 01-13-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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Hello All! I am new at this forum. I recently started a salt water tank about 5 months ago & I have 2 Damsels, 2 clown & a longnose butterfly. I cannot get the butterfly to eat flake food, any suggestions?
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They are carnivores, I would feed mysis/brine soaked in selcon, zoe and garlic guard. What sized tank?
How long have you had it?
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I agree that you`ll need to feed mysis and vitamin fortified brine and even then he may not eat. They are very finicky eaters. BTW welcome to AA
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thanks for the replies! I have a 55 gal tank and I had the longnose butterfly for almost a week. I just bought the Brine Shrimp (they were all out of mysis). What is selcon, zoe and garlic guard? Does that make it more healthy for them? I also bought a Dragonet Gobie when I got the longnose, which I forgot to mention. I am also conserned about the gobie because I have not seen him eat yet. Sometime he picks at our LR, but that is it. Is there anything I could do more?
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You are not going to like this advice, but that butterfly will need a larger tank and the goby needs to be in a mature tank since they tend to feed on pods and need a huge supply or will quickly starve.
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Wow, I really need a larger tank? What can I do about the goby? Is there any kind of food I can buy that it would eat?
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yes. the butterfly alone needs at least 75 gal... at least from what ive researched

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You can buy a bottle of pods for the goby.
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Mysis is better option so when you get the chance pick some up. Brine just doesn't have the nutrition.

The Mandarin is probably not going to make it. The pod population in your tank needs to be overflowing to keep them alive. Very rarely they will accept prepared foods but most of the time they eat copepods and nothing else. Buying pods is going to cost you some bucks even if your LFS carries them. The mandarin is a very tough fish to keep even if you have a very established system with a giant refugium pumping out copepods. Sorry to be a downer just want you to be aware of the fish you have.
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I'm sorry I am really new to saltwater fish, if you haven't noticed already. I am not sure what pods are? Is that a plant? If so, would they have them at a regular pet store? So if I can't get pods, do u think the mysis will work?

Well, one thing is for sure, next time I buy a fish I will run it through you guys first! Everyone seems to know a lot about fish. I didn't do any research before I bought the fish, but the pet store associates seemed like they new what they were talking about when I was asking them questions.
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