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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2011, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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One fish wont eat. Help!

So every morning when I feed my 3 black skirts, it seems that one isn't getting any food. 2 of them rush up to the top and snatch up food. The other one just swims around the middle of the tank waiting for some to fall. He won't go up to the top to get any food. As he is waiting for some to fall, the other 2 are already gobbling it all up. By the time they are done eating, the one in the middle doesnt get any. I don't know if he is mad because he chases the others around while they are eating. It's as if he is too scared to go to the top. I dont know what to do.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-14-2011, 02:49 PM
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u can try to make the food fall quicker sometimes i put the food right after the stream of water where the filter comes out and it will go down right away
or u can pinch the food in ur fingers and put ur fingers just under the surface then release and they sink quickly that way
i think byron might have told me about the second way so if so then props to him for that 1

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-15-2011, 11:57 AM
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Don't think it was me on that tip, but whomever it was, it works. I use a small 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to feed my fish dried foods, that prevents me from dumping in too much/ You can then take the handle end of the teaspoon and gently stir the flake in the water for a few seconds, it will start sinking.

Something else jumps out at me, you need more of this species. Tetra are shoaling fish that live in large groups, and minimum 6 is recommended. In smaller groups, fish will be under more stress; aggressive behaviour is frequent, weakened immune system, all sorts of issues can occur. I don't know your tank size, but if there is space I would get 3 more of this species.

You can read more about this fish in our profile, click the shaded name: Black Widow Tetra (Black Widow is another "common" name for this species). Profiles of many species are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Tetra are characins.

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Byron, thank you for the tips! I know that tetras are supposed to be in larger groups, but I am in the process of cycling my tank right now. I was told that 3 fish is a good number to cycle with. My tank is 29g. I also heard that cycling with fish was frowned upon, but after about a week already, my levels of ammonia and nitrite are staying low. I do a 10% water change every other day and sometimes every day. The fish seem to be doing just fine for now. Once it is cycled I plan on adding more black skirts.
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Byron, thank you for the tips! I know that tetras are supposed to be in larger groups, but I am in the process of cycling my tank right now. I was told that 3 fish is a good number to cycle with. My tank is 29g. I also heard that cycling with fish was frowned upon, but after about a week already, my levels of ammonia and nitrite are staying low. I do a 10% water change every other day and sometimes every day. The fish seem to be doing just fine for now. Once it is cycled I plan on adding more black skirts.
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Fine. Another 3 when ready will work. Do you have live plants? They speed up cycling, plus their other benefits long-term.

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Fine. Another 3 when ready will work. Do you have live plants? They speed up cycling, plus their other benefits long-term.
I do not have live plants. I figured fake ones for cover would be just fine. I didn't want to have to deal with live plants in the tank. I just wanted a simple set up for the tank.
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