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Old 12-13-2013, 12:31 AM   #21
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Tried the wiggle thing trick,didnt work.Tried it alot too.I dose my feeder fish with Omega 3 and Garlic extract just so he will get some nutrition going. It looks at me then it looks up at the top of the tank.My live shrimps,which I got at the bait store just swim around him doing cartwheels and acrobats in front of him and he still doesnt eat them.Hes such a beautiful fish I really dont want to get rid of him.Ive got him in a 135 gallon tank.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:04 AM   #22
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Tried the wiggle thing trick,didnt work.Tried it alot too.I dose my feeder fish with Omega 3 and Garlic extract just so he will get some nutrition going. It looks at me then it looks up at the top of the tank.My live shrimps,which I got at the bait store just swim around him doing cartwheels and acrobats in front of him and he still doesnt eat them.Hes such a beautiful fish I really dont want to get rid of him.Ive got him in a 135 gallon tank.

Sounds like a job for just plain ole' feeder guppies or goldfish. I wouldn't add anything to the live fish as their being alive should help provide whatever nutrients the fish needs. B& T shrimp could be too large for his mouth which is why he didn't eat them. They ARE more of a fish eater anyway. If you want to go expensive, you can go with damsels ( blue devils or other elongated damsels, NOT CHROMISes )to feed him ( one of the natural food sources for a lionfish), or live shiners or killifish from a B & T shop. I've never seen a healthy Lion refuse a live fish. The additives might be turning him off. Next suggestion would be black mollies so that they can live for much longer in the saltwater.

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Old 12-13-2013, 12:21 PM   #23
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Sure does.....thanx : -)
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:49 PM   #24
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My lionfish ate after 3 days in my tank. I buy fish from store and cut it into pieces and freeze them. I feed him the frozen chunks off chop sticks. As soon as I come near the tank he come right to me waiting. I never fed him live food. I also feed him freeze dried shrimp. Keep trying.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:59 PM   #25
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My lionfish ate after 3 days in my tank. I buy fish from store and cut it into pieces and freeze them. I feed him the frozen chunks off chop sticks. As soon as I come near the tank he come right to me waiting. I never fed him live food. I also feed him freeze dried shrimp. Keep trying.
It's often easier to switch a lionfish to dead food once he gets accustomed to eating anything in an aquarium. You may have had one that had gone through the adjusting stage before you bought it whereas the OP's fish might have come fresh from the ocean.
As an importer/ wholesaler, I've seen it go both ways. I've had fish come in and take dead food because it saw the other fish eating it and I've had tanks full of lions that only ate live. But as I said in an earlier post, I've never seen a healthy lionfish in a good tank not take a live fish to eat. It's a good barometer of the fish's and tank's health as well.
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To get mine eating I can a small fish head from some smelt off the body and put it on a stick I put the stick in behind it and tried to make it look like it was swimming towards the lion the left it very close to the lions mouth. As soon as he ate the dead once he carried on. I would definitely not worry about leaving it 3 days though and I'd say once the fish is hungry enough it will eat so try it everyday until he eats up to maybe 5 days
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I think I was lucky with my lionfish and feeding. Him and the other fish literally follow me around the tank when I come look at them with big pouty eyes hahha
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Yeah mine does too its brilliant! Just took me a week to get him on dead now he's on it he eats anything including algae flakes and try's to eat algae grazing pads lol
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I think I was lucky with my lionfish and feeding. Him and the other fish literally follow me around the tank when I come look at them with big pouty eyes hahha
Yeah, that's the thing, I've had tanks with 25-30 lionfish in them and piles of silversides and frozen prawn on the bottom of the tank going untouched and yet I put 1 live feederfish in that tank and they all go after it. It just depends on what stage of adapting to captivity they are at when you get them.
In the stores I've worked at, I usually try to get them onto dead food to make it easier on my customers but I'd let them know beforehand that they should expect to be getting live food for them if they don;t take the dead pretty quickly once in their new home. I'm just sayin
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Yeah, that's the thing, I've had tanks with 25-30 lionfish in them and piles of silversides and frozen prawn on the bottom of the tank going untouched and yet I put 1 live feederfish in that tank and they all go after it. It just depends on what stage of adapting to captivity they are at when you get them. In the stores I've worked at, I usually try to get them onto dead food to make it easier on my customers but I'd let them know beforehand that they should expect to be getting live food for them if they don;t take the dead pretty quickly once in their new home. I'm just sayin
25-30 lions in 1 tank?? That's a bit much. This is a simple problem to fix. Simply don't feed for 4 days, then on day 5 start offering silversides. He will eat at some point. If lions are known for anything, it's eating excessively when they are hungry. Only trick is you have to get them to that point
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