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JadaNae27 09-30-2013 07:00 PM

Harlequin Rasboras refusing to eat

I have somewhat of a problem. And yes yes I know it is partly my fault, but I need to fix it.

I was recently away for about three weeks. The person that I asked to take care of my aquariums while I was gone apparently neglected them.

I have 8 Harlequin Rasboras in a community tank and they refuse to feed. I feed them Nutrafin Max and they would always eat it before the neglect happened.

I'm changing as much of the water as I can, as often as I can, but they still refuse to eat.

What do I do?? I've never had this sort of problem before. I'm also having problems with the Corydoras that share the tank, but I will be posting that in the catfish section.

Is there anything I can buy that will tempt them into eating??

jaysee 09-30-2013 07:14 PM

What all have you tried feeding them? Just the nutrafin? Try some frozen food like bloodworms.

JadaNae27 09-30-2013 07:26 PM

Jaysee, the only blood worms available near me are the freeze dried kind.

I had some decapsulated brine shrimp eggs. I rehydrated them and they wouldn't touch those either.

jaysee 09-30-2013 07:34 PM

Try'em. Can you post a video of them?

JadaNae27 09-30-2013 07:36 PM

Ahhhhh. I ran to the walmart nearby and picked up some Tetra Shrimp Gel food. The harlequins are eating now. That still leaves the matter of they corydoras though. I'm so relieved they are eating.

Edit: And now they are back to ignoring the food. . . I'll see if I can get my husband to help me with recording them while I try the brine shrimp eggs again.

jaysee 09-30-2013 07:44 PM

I just want to see what they look like - they dont have to be eating (or not eating).

JadaNae27 09-30-2013 08:00 PM

Allrighty. Here's the video. At the very end you can see the majority of the gel food they did not eat.

Project1_zpsfa598208.mp4 Video by Jada_Harbison | Photobucket

jaysee 09-30-2013 08:06 PM

they look good. What's their poop look like?

are the corys in the same tank?

JadaNae27 09-30-2013 08:27 PM

I have yet to see them poop actually. They are sneaky poopers. And yes, the Corydoras are in the same tank. They are very afraid to come out however.

Keleborn 09-30-2013 08:31 PM

"P.H. is 6.4
Ammonia is 0.25 ppm
Nitrites are 0
Nitrate is 40 ppm" ---from JadaNae27 Cory post.

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