Story. When I was little, my dad was really in to fish and he got a Jack Dempsey. But over time, he became less and less interested in it, and started paying less attention to the fish. The tank is in his room, and I was never allowed to mess with it, or he would get angry. Over the years the fish hasn't received the proper care it's needed, and hasn't been fed live feeder fish for ages. He's been receiving less than optimal treatment for about 9 years now...
But, now that I'm super interested in the fish hobby (and after a huge screaming argument with my dad...), the fish has been getting the care it deserves: food every day, regular cleanings, a scheduled photoperiod, etc. The fish was super shy, but after slowly working with him, he's started to warm up to me and doesn't hide in fear all the time. It's a story on it's way to a happy ending. =)
He's doing fine now, but the one thing I cannot correct is this fish's appetite for live fish. No matter what I do, I cannot get him to eat them. It's like he's completely forgotten what to do with them. I've had goldfish and rosy red minnows living in his tank for months and he won't touch them. I swear, I could put him in my community tank, and every one would be perfectly happy. The only foods I can get him to eat are sinking foods. He's being fed Hikari's Massivore Diet pellets right now because he won't eat anything else.
So here's my question: IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN GET MY JACK DEMPSEY TO EAT FEEDER FISH AGAIN?
I'd love to start giving him a more healthy diet, and the massivore pellets are killing my bank account... Please help me, people of the forum!