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Old 09-09-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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Alligator pipefish not eating

Yesterday, I bought a freshwater alligator pipefish. When I got home, I put it in my big tank with other fishes like guppy, tetras, yoyo loach, mollies, etc. This morning I found out that the alligator pipefish stays still all the time. He (or she) wont eat with other fishes when its feeding time. So, I take him out and put him in a smaller heavily planted tank which only has shrimps and snails. Is this a right choice??? I see that he's more active than when he's in the big tank, but he wont eat the flakes I give him. Please give some advice!!! @_@ Thanks in advance!!!

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Old 09-09-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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Tank: 16 liters
Inhabitants: cherry shrimp, blue pearl shrimp (I know its stupid to put them together, but its too expensive to kill one of them), and snail (i dunno which species)
Plants: java moss, christmas moss, cabomba, cuba, bacopa, hygrophila corymbosa, ammania praetermissa, and some red plants like bacopa
Temp: 22-24'C / 72-76'F
pH: i dont have the test kits (I'm quite poor)
Filtering: Amara AA-502, turn on 3h a day
Light: 4W, 12h a day

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Old 09-09-2014, 08:36 PM   #3
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I have never had one, but here is a forum from The planted tank...maybe it will help you

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Old 09-10-2014, 06:22 PM   #4
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Ok, its purely carnivore... I think she'll die soon if she won't eat the flakes
UPDATE: I think the fish is female, cuz she poops something like eggs. Is this an eggs ot just poop??? Sorry, this is my first time with this kind of fish. Please help!!!

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Old 09-10-2014, 06:42 PM   #5
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Those look like eggs


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Old 09-10-2014, 11:43 PM   #6
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I would take her back if you can't feed her, she will not eat flakes
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Hi, I've tried to do some research for you and totally agree with Pamiam, I would return her. These guy's are very difficult to feed what I've read is they eat (someone correct me if I'm wrong) live shrimp including ghost shrimp, live fry some have tried live brine shrimp but it seems pretty hit or miss with them. A lot even refuse frozen foods and they definitely won't touch flakes.

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Thanks for the replies
The bad news is, the store won't accept the fish back no matter what I said.
The real bad news is, she just died this afternoon
Well, I won't buy any other fish for this month (pipefish is very expesive)
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:32 AM   #9
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Well all have probably made that mistake...buying fish that are hard to care for.
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I know this topic is old but for people searching the topic of pipe fish you can target feed them brine shrimp using a turkey baster

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