08-13-2010, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Ulyaoth
Ok, the store has only had 1 more of them so I only have 2, they seem fine together, only problem is, they're out of diatoms, and don't seem to be getting too much of the green algae which is taking the place of the brown so I'm worried they're not eating enough, and they don't even look at the algae wafers. How long should it take to get them to eat those, or should I just figure they're fine if not eating them, since I know the store was feeding them the tablets.
Two suggestions. First, ensure this food is there in the evening when the lights go out. Fish frequently feed at dusk and dawn.
Second, feed a variety. I have 4 different sinking foods I use, two are veggie and two are shrimp and general. The catfish, pleco, otos all greedily feed from any of these.
I found my Farlowella took a few days after they basically eliminated the algae to twig on to the sinking food, but their hunger got the better of them and they found it; now they are down at the front every morning in anticipation, as are the otos.
Also try veggie matter; blanched (steamed) spinach, cucumber, zucchini are often recommended. You have to be careful with the spinach, if uneaten it can be quite messy; chunks of zucchini and cucumber are OK to leave for a day and night.