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b819east 09-03-2012 01:01 AM

Vampire tetra not eating
I recently got a sabertooth tetra about 3 or 4 days ago and he has not eaten yet. Im a little worried because he was 25 bills. I have feeder guppies in there that he would definately be able to eat. Id say hes about 2 or 2 and a half inches. I just did a water change today because i read bad water conditions can cause a fish to not eat. Also it looks like he is breathing through his mouth or something and his body does like a little twich. I think that i seen another one doing that so i think it is normal but not sure. Any ideas whats wrong?

jaysee 09-04-2012 07:16 AM

Fish, and every other animal besides humans, do not eat when they are stressed. While its true that poor water quality would cause such stress, being a new fish in a new tank is a large source of stress. It takes fish time to adjust. Some will eat immediately, while others take days. I would not worry yet.

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