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post #1 of 5 Old 06-22-2010, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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i have a 25 gallon tank which haas been running almost for a year now.. i have 2 green cories, 6 pearl danios, 1 leopard angelfish, and now 2 kuhli loaches.. i lost one kuhli yesterday and i dont know why

anyways my leopard angel is very odd... he (i dont know if its a boy or a girl but to my it looks like a boy so i refer to it as a boy) doesnt really eat the food you give to him. like if i were to put in flake food for him he would swim to the top and kinda follow the flakes as they are moving on the top of the water and then just swim away.. now i have a live plant in the tank as well.. and he will eat that and also peck at some algae growing on the stones at the bottom but wont eat the flake food.. or frozen food like brine shrip which i try to give him... why is my fish not eating the food being offered??

oh.. also one day i gave him some frozen blood worms and ate that no problem.. hes a weird one

and also.. im just wondering because he has deformed gill cover.. well actually its not reall deformed its a short gill cover which doesnt cover the whole part that it should.. it covers his gill and shortly after that it ends.. does that have any effect on him at all??.. he seems fine but i was just wondering

any thoughts about this is appreciated!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-24-2010, 04:14 PM
maybe he's just a picky eater thats all.feed him the worms if he likes it.try some live food.if he follows the twirly flakes is because the look like they are live and moving.just remember we get bored of eating the same stuff everyday too so do fishes =).i wouldn't worry bout the gill he has the short gill covering ever since he was born and now i presume he's and adult so it's not a problem for him.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-29-2010, 09:20 AM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

On the kuhli, did you actually see the corpse? Kuhlis are extremely good at getting into the smallest hiding spots and they are "shy" fish that often only like to come out when they have plenty of cover they can retreat back to, so it might just be hiding somewhere? I've heard of them getting into wood and rock crevices, inside filters, etc. Just a thought.

On the angel, as kitten said, variety is the spice of life. Angels can be picky eaters. If it is eating bloodworms it is probably OK on thehealth front. But a single food item is not always the best. Try one of the pellet foods that very slowly sinks, the ones made I think for cichlids. Beyond that, hopefully one of the angelfish members will see this and have other suggestions.

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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

On the kuhli, did you actually see the corpse? Kuhlis are extremely good at getting into the smallest hiding spots and they are "shy" fish that often only like to come out when they have plenty of cover they can retreat back to, so it might just be hiding somewhere? I've heard of them getting into wood and rock crevices, inside filters, etc. Just a thought.

On the angel, as kitten said, variety is the spice of life. Angels can be picky eaters. If it is eating bloodworms it is probably OK on thehealth front. But a single food item is not always the best. Try one of the pellet foods that very slowly sinks, the ones made I think for cichlids. Beyond that, hopefully one of the angelfish members will see this and have other suggestions.

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yes i actually did see the corpse.. it was lying right in the middle of my tank.

for my angel.. i give him a variety of stuff.. i offer him a some flakes and freeze dried stuff.. and now and then he will eat a bit but not very much.. i also dont want to constantly keep feeding him bloodworms cuz then he might get tired of those.. but recently he has been getting better with flake food.. i do have some sinking pellets but it takes them a while to sink so ill try those out

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yes i actually did see the corpse.. it was lying right in the middle of my tank.

for my angel.. i give him a variety of stuff.. i offer him a some flakes and freeze dried stuff.. and now and then he will eat a bit but not very much.. i also dont want to constantly keep feeding him bloodworms cuz then he might get tired of those.. but recently he has been getting better with flake food.. i do have some sinking pellets but it takes them a while to sink so ill try those out

thanx!

I would expect that Danios are possibly snatching food perhaps quicker than the angelfish and slow sinking pellets would benefit the Angelfish as well as the cory's and Kuhli loach.
Might try dropping some shrimp pellets ,or frozen shrimp and blood worms in the tank after lights have been off for an hour or two to ensure that the cory's and Kuhli get their fair share.
Danios I have now, often grab the foods offered long before slower moving fish can get to the food ,but by feeding from both ends of the tank, I can usually get the danios attention while offering other fish a SMALL amount of food at the other end.
Might even offer alage wafers on occasion for the Cory's so that they get some greens in their diet as well.
Angelfish might be able to spook the Danios long enough to grab some food but Danios are very fast at feeding time and perhaps it is THEY who are spooking the angelfish who are much slower, more deliberate,when feeding.

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