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Old 12-16-2013, 04:36 PM   #51
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They generally only eat fish head first to keep scales from sticking in their throats. They are unusually near sighted, like morays, the food has to be within inches to be sensed .
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Ok I added two Squirelfish to my tank with the lionfish. Up to that point he was eating from chopsticks every time I came near tank and fed the fish. The other fish all eat algae (foxface and tang) the Squirelfish don't bother the lionfish but are aggressive eaters. My lionfish has stopped eating and remains in his cave. He doesn't seem interested in eating anymore. He has only eaten once in past 6 days despite many various efforts. Any suggestion s?

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:39 PM   #53
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Every trick in the book but will only eat live food.......as far as being nearsighted as someone said ,I can drop a live fish on the other end of my 125 gal tank and he will race across the tank to nail it.
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He smells it.
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He was eating freeze dried shrimp and frozen fish from chopsticks w no problems before.

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I had one go on a hunger strike for a few days, after normally going crazy for food. Shrimp could drop in front of him and he could care less. He suddenly snapped out of it and went back to his normal ways. No idea why either.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:40 PM   #57
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I tried live fish. No luck. Guess I will just keep catering to this pre madonna until he gets hungry enough or dies. It's day 3 not eating again.

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Old 01-03-2014, 11:48 PM   #58
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You may need to reconsider the squirrelfish. Lionfish depend on stealth for food in the wild and voracious feeders can throw them off kilter. Try replacing the squirrels with something less aggressive when it comes to feeding. Also, something that doesn't want to eat the same foods as the Lion. Squirrels will eat live food so they are too intimidating for the Lion. That's my best guess
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Well after I think 9 days (started losing count) he came up and ate of course I was unprepared and only had freeze dried krill. But I was happy to see him eat

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Glad to hear that. They can be picky am as you said, prima donnas. It looks healthy, so I wouldn't be too concerned. When mine was smaller, it would engorge itself and not have room in its stomach for anything for days. Sounds like you're on the right track.
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