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post #1 of 9 Old 10-16-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Black Neon Tetras never eat??

I've had 15 Black Neon Tetras for a couple of months and they seem vibrant and healthy, but when I feed them the typical tropical flakes, they seem to avoid them. (Also several other fish in there.) I watch them and never see them actually take flakes into their mouths even when they have god opportunity. Are they eating tiny little pieces? Do they eat later? If not, how are they surviving?


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post #2 of 9 Old 10-17-2008, 02:10 AM
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what are your amonia,nitrite,nitrate,ph,temp levels? how big is the tank and how often do you feed?
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-17-2008, 08:01 AM
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I'm sure they eat enough to survive, but you might want to try using a different type of food to see if they like it better. Some of my fish that don't particularly like flake seem to enjoy Wardley sinking tropical crumbles.

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-19-2008, 10:05 AM
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If its been several months they are obviously eating something, and not feeling particularly hungry since they aren't immediately mobbing a source of food. They are likely eating the flakes later or something else. Just vary the food to see if they like something else better.

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post #5 of 9 Old 10-28-2008, 12:40 PM
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My black neons leave the same impression. They must be eating, only they are more delicate and well-behaved than the angels I have there with them in one tank. They all look healthy and plump.

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post #6 of 9 Old 11-05-2008, 10:22 PM
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My German Ram never ate anything i gave him and i couldnt bleave he was still lasting. later on i discovered that he was living off of algea. this might be the case for your fish. try giving them something they can't resist, like blood worms, or better yet, live food. they cant avoid this!
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-14-2008, 04:55 PM
Even though most Tetra are omnivores, different fish prefer different type of meal, just like us. One may prefer meaty flakes, others prefer veggie flakes.
Never experienced BNT not eating, unless youfeed them right after turning the lights on. If bellies are full, just monitor. If bellies are tucked in, try different brands.
Frzn foods ( Blood worms, mosquito larvae ) are safer than live food ( can bring pathogens to tank ) unless you knoe how to eradicate them before use.
As long as water conditions and are not infected ( usually their behavior changes when sick ) by external parasites, I would just monitor them.
I used to run Camcorder on the tank when i am not home in order to understand the tank better. Fish will behave differently when you are standing in front of the tank ( Pavlov? conditioning, Psy 101).
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-15-2008, 08:12 PM
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What's the temp on your tank? Water parameters? Have you tried feeding frozen & thawed food? You can even add garlic, vitamins, etc to make it more palatable. Are they skinny? Have you seen them poo at all? Stringy? White? Fluffy? It's always good to check for internal parasites and treat if you suspect them. Not seeing these guys eat is definitely strange.
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-18-2008, 03:05 PM
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i find my bnt to be very greedy what i do notice however is that the wont touch food on the bottom i recomend live food the fish will eat this on instinct unless something else is wrong

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