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joelfish 09-28-2008 06:42 PM

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?

willow 09-29-2008 04:44 AM

i don't mean to sound rude here........are you sure it's a male,
has he got a black face ?

joelfish 09-29-2008 05:26 PM

nope it doesn't have a black face so i guess its a female.

iamntbatman 09-29-2008 05:40 PM

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.

okiemavis 09-29-2008 09:13 PM

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?

joelfish 09-30-2008 01:54 AM

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'.

willow 09-30-2008 01:17 PM

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.

joelfish 09-30-2008 05:03 PM

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.

willow 10-01-2008 03:31 PM

hope things get better. :)

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