07-12-2013, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Agent13
OK now I have questions. I noticed the baby hadn't made a big deal of feeding time for the last couple days but still did her nightly rounds like clockwork. I knew I'd have to kiss my dwarf crays and shrimps goodbye but had no idea it would be this quickly. I managed to catch one of the..it think 4 or maybe 5 dwarf crays I had and put it in another tank just to keep one. I saw the bichir at feeding today but ..well it wasn't eating what I put in the tank..lol. Suspiciously slinking through the jungle that is at the back of my tank where the shrimp seek shelter. And can't see any shrimp (unless there are a few really good at hiding) and found during a water change the remains of at least 2 murdered crays in the bichirs hiding spot. Now have estabished it prefers live food
. Do I just supply my tank with a weekly amount of ghost shrimp or do I discourage this altogether? How do you do that? Will the bichir give up when no more inverts are around to eat?
Also do they kill for vengence sometimes? It looked like it hadn't really wanted to eat the cray more like it just killed them and took a few bites then left them. I saw the crays and the bichir having it out a few days before over some food during feeding time.
It's nothing to be worried about. Pretty certain your little bichir is eating everything that looks smells and tastes like a shrimp.
Now that said I wouldn't continue to allow the fish to eat live foods. Once he kills off what is in there don't introduce anything else. Feeding purely on prekilled from this age will go a long way to make this fish much more friendly/less aggressive to future tank mates.