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post #1 of 9 Old 09-28-2008, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Electric yellow lab not eating

at first he would eat flake and pellets but then he stopped. I tried lettuce, carrots, bannanas and still nothing. I decided to catch a baby lizard and feed it to him and he ate it. So it seems he wants live food but i can't find any more lizards and he's is getting super skinny. Anybody know what i can do?
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-29-2008, 04:44 AM
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i don't mean to sound rude here........are you sure it's a male,
has he got a black face ?
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-29-2008, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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nope it doesn't have a black face so i guess its a female.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-29-2008, 05:40 PM
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These fish are omnivores, and in the wild their diet mainly consists of algae and small crustaceans. I wouldn't think it would be a good idea to feed one a lizard. You could maybe try a flake or pellet designed for mbuna or one with a higher content of spirulina.

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post #5 of 9 Old 09-29-2008, 09:13 PM
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What are your water parameters? ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, ph? kh & gh? temp? Do you have him with any tankmates and what size is the tank?
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-30-2008, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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He lives with 3 other cichlids (which have been growing unlike the yellow electric one) a dwarf flame gourami, two moonlight gouramis, a rainbow shark, an electric blue crayfish. there use to be a huge tinfoil but i gave him to a friend with a bigger tank. The tank is a 45 gallon. I can't really tell you all of the stats of the water since i haven't checked it. Although, I do siphen poop each day and do a ten percent water change after. I also have the back side of my tank filled with algae because i like the look and think the water would maybe benefit from it. Before i added my cichlids i put a bunch of shells in to help riase the ph but I guess maybe thats not enough to make a real diference. Maybe the ph is too low.
I'll try and see if i could find the type of pellets you mention 'iamntbatman'.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-30-2008, 01:17 PM
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well he's not in the correct set up.sorry.
he/she should be in with mabuna only,perhaps you will have
to rehome it to be with the same species.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-30-2008, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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oh, I thought it would work for now at least since all of the other fish are bigger, but I'll just lend the other fish to my friend and keep the mbunas.
Thanks for your help everyone.
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-01-2008, 03:31 PM
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hope things get better. :)
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