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How do you get hatchetfish to eat?!

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How do you get hatchetfish to eat?!
Old 09-21-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
 
How do you get hatchetfish to eat?!

I have had them for alil over two weeks now, and I have never seen them eat when I feed them. I have a large open space on the water's surface to help them feed and some flakes even sink right by them, but they do not react. I would hate to lose them from starvation. I don't know how to ensure they eat. Thank a bunch!
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:03 PM   #2
 
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How many hatchetfish do you have?
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:06 PM   #3
 
I had three, but one died recently from ammonia levels in my water, so I have two.
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:28 AM   #4
 
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I had three, but one died recently from ammonia levels in my water, so I have two.
They tend to pine away if kept in less than 5. I'd suggest adding more.:)
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Old 10-20-2007, 03:59 PM   #5
 
Mine seem/seemed (only have one left) to enjoy Bloodworms and would actually swarm wherever i dropped them to keep the tetra's off of the food. But as in your case i had some water issues when i went on vacation and had a friend feed. Hatchets are VERY sensitive to the water conditions. The fact that they were dead when i got back was what made me look into what was wrong with the tank because visually the tank looked fine. [/i]
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Old 10-20-2007, 06:31 PM   #6
 
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I agree with lupin, get a larger group this should help them eat. - also for a long time i would actually have to place the food litterally ONTOP of my hatchets because they did not like to get into the feeding frenzy with the rest of my fish.

after a while they got used to being fed with flakes and would swim over like the rest.
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