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Brandon 12-21-2006 05:06 PM

Not eating!!!
As you all probably know i have a red tailed shark. I started out feeding it just tropic flakes but noticed it not eating it(looked like it was digging for algae hidden underneath the rocks and thats all), so recently i bought some freeze dries bloodworms and fed it to him 3 times(in 2 days havent fead him tonight though) and he doesnt eat them. They just sink to the bottom. Im just worried because it says scoop out what he doesnt eat in like 2 mins but he donesnt eat anything. Its making my tank pretty dirty...


Lupin 12-21-2006 05:33 PM

Labeos will never eat flakes. Flakes float and they prefer sinking food. I would only guess your labeo is not used to new food(FD bloodworms). It's normal in my opinion. If he is in excellent condition, I wouldn't worry about him not eating for a week or two.

Brandon 12-21-2006 05:44 PM

Thanks for the quick answere Blue!!

musho3210 12-27-2006 10:43 PM

leave the food there for 3-5 minutes (no flake food! Frozen or freeze dried) if he doesnt eat it its ok. Do this twice a day. Whenever you leave food there small bits of it come off so he will have enough food to survive around 2-3 weeks. If he doesnt eat the chunk straight for 2 weeks, consult professional help.

bettababy 12-28-2006 01:05 AM

What size tank is the shark in? How long has it been set up and what are water params for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH?
Water quality will have a huge effect on appetite, as will stress (poor water quality will add to stress levels). Also, try feeding when the lights are out, they tend to be nocturnal feeders.
My guy eats flake food just fine, but he waits for it to sink to the bottom and won't eat if the light is on. I've had him for about 2 yrs now, an orphan that I took in. He's about 5 inches long now and has a 40 gallon planted tank all to himself. He's a happy fish, healthy and colorful!
If you're putting all that food in the tank and not cleaning it out, its very possible that your water quality is not so good right now, which would cause him to still not eat. If you do water changes, do lots of small ones, 10%/day, doing a gravel vac each time to get the food out of the gravel. When you get to 10% of the water, stop, and pick up where you left off the next day, etc etc. This will keep your tank and fish healthy without any risk of shock from extreme changes all at once or loss of beneficial bacteria.

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