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Old 04-03-2006, 05:44 PM   #1
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Cardinals Not Exactly Liking The Flakes

So, my school of 6 cardinals acclimated themselves overnight, but they are not exactly interested in the flake food. Neither are my swordtails - at least the swordtails eat the flakes - and the algae wafers... But neither will go to the surface and eat like a good fishie. I tried sparking the instinct by tapping teh surface, I fed them brine yesterday, but I'm out of ideas. Please help.
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Its normal for picky to fish to not eat after being placed in a new home. Try waiting a day or so. Could aslo try another treat, like bloodworms.
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My Cardinals are quite fussy eaters too yet I have found the one thing they love to eat is live Daphnia, try them on this im sure they will take to it.
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Thanks for the ideas - I will definitely try one of them. But, I need to clarify... They will eat the flakes, but they won't go to the surface...
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my barbs do the same thing, they just wait for the fiters waterfall to bring it down to where thay are lol
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Perhaps mix the flakes in a bit of water to make them heavier which allows them to sink. Just make sure that you underfeed, you don't want much uneaten food resting along the bottom.
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They will eat the flakes, but they won't go to the surface...

This is normal behaviour for Cardinals, they stick to the middle and bottom of the tank.
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