06-30-2012, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by michaelg210
i have the same problem. my boli ram will not go up to the surface and my berry barbs eat everything before it gets to her.
How do you feed with a turkey baster?
Wife named boli ram Shantell, and i call her can't tell cuz it seems she can't tell when the food is available.
I have seen her several times attempt to go topside, but seems to get intimidated by the quick, darting movements of the berry barbs.
only twice have i seen her go to the surface and tentatively grab a flake. Also, on occasions when i have temporarily distracted the barbs on the other side of the tank she has grabbed a pellet, but then spits it out. Same with flakes.
I am not sure she eats at all, though i have had her a month and don't think she could have survived that long if she wasn't foraging later or eating anything at all.
This species rarely if ever feeds from the surface. I have had a male in my 115g for almost 4 years now (close to max lifespan) and he has never even approached the surface. Like many dwarf cichlids this species is a substrate feeder.
Sinking foods are mandatory, any of the type intended for catfish and loaches will work. And yes, they will "appear" to spit them out, but they are actually chewing off bits to eat. A fish will pick up, bite off, and spit out a pellet or tab repeatedly until it is either completely eaten or the fish wants no more. I have 30+ corys in my tank with the Bolivian, and he "steals" a tab or pellet from them, and they just wait until he spits it back down again.
The baster idea isn't the best for this fish as it is a slow eater and even squirting soggy flake food down to it would not work as well as the sinking foods. Frozen bloodworms might be OK this way, but still the other fish will be waiting. Shrimp pellets (Omega One, or other manufacturers), Nutrafin tablets, Hikari disks, etc. all work well.