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edricong 12-09-2013 02:54 AM

Diet issues
I have a leprorinus arcus. The issue is that he only eats crayfish/crab/lobster/shrimp/hermit crab/scavenger food. He refuses everything else, spirulina, algae wafers and fish food. According to the ingredients of the crayfish food, there is thaimin and no vitamin B or vitamin H. Could vitamin B deficiency hit and cause death? Also lack of vitamins H can cause blindness in fish right? What can I do to input these vitamins back into his diet? Thanks

willow 12-09-2013 07:49 AM

have you thought about gut loading the feeder food before you feed him ?

edricong 12-09-2013 07:56 AM

Okay. But his mouth cant fit worms
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willow 12-09-2013 08:03 AM

is this your fish ?

the food that you feedScientific name: Leporinus arcus (Eigenmann; 1912)
Synonyms: -
Common name: Lipstick Leporinus
Group: Characins
Habitat: South America; Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French-Guyana.
Size: 30-40 cm
Biotope: Inhabits in clear-water rivers.
Social behavior: They develop a social hierarchy, and equally sized fish will fight much harder with each other. Once the hierarchy is established the fish live in relative harmony together. Ideal tankmates for larger South American Cichlids.
Diet: Omnivorous; Feeding on algae and invertebrates in nature. They are unfussy eaters in the aquarium and will accept dried foods too.
Breeding: Unsuccessful in aquarium.
Tank: Minimum 600 litres
Population: 5-6 fish for 600 litres
Decoration: Sufficient swimming space is more important than decoration in the aquarium. Use a sandy substrate with some leaf litter that will color the water. Decorate the tank with some large driftwood branches and twisted roots. They are excellent jumpers, so a tight fitting cover is essential.
Temperature: 20-28 °C
pH: 6-7.5
Hardness: 2-12 NK°
Lifespan: 5-8 years

edricong 12-09-2013 08:10 AM

Ya. Its very very small
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willow 12-09-2013 08:15 AM

how many do you have ?

edricong 12-09-2013 08:15 AM

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willow 12-09-2013 08:19 AM

i would feed his live food with good quality flake to get the vitamins
into them first,then feed the live food to the fish…you may find
he would feel happier with more of his own kind…often a schooling fish
will not do well if kept on its own.

edricong 12-09-2013 08:23 AM

Oh ogay thanks for the advice. I cant afford another one though. Because my tank is too small. And the other has bichirs in them
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willow 12-09-2013 08:24 AM

oh that's a shame,would you consider taking him back ?

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