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pernjie 10-25-2010 12:38 AM

help need feeding tips and advices for flowerhorn
right now my flowerhorn is a picky eater and they dont like to eat the pellets..just a few days ago all they would eat is bloodworms and i know that isnt a healthy diet for them so i try to use it sparringly and now im feeding them crickets about the size of their mouth and im trying to gutload these crickets with carrots so the fish get some healthy diet...i know they need some food with veg matter in it but they just wont eat the pellets...i have hikari pellets and cichlid soaking the food in garlic a good thing to do?i need some help on how to soak the food in garlic since i dont know how its done..and any other food or diet i could try giving them??

jeaninel 10-25-2010 05:16 PM

You could try soaking the pellets in garlic. I use a 3 oz. dixie cup, fill it with a bit of water, crush up a fresh garlic glove and add it to the cup along with the pellets. let it soak for about 10-15 minutes. Strain out the garlic bits before feeding to your fish. You may have to keep trying with the pellets before he accepts them. Try to resist feeding anything else (I know, it's hard). The fish will get hungry enough to try the pellets.

Spooki 10-25-2010 05:18 PM

Try soaking the pellets in blood worm juice if that's what the fish seems to like best.

Fish in healthy condition can go quite a while with out food. Sometimes if you just keep offering the pellets and nothing else the fish will give up and just eat when its hungry enough.

You can also try offering crabs, shrimps, earthworms and small slices of fish since these fish are primarily carnivores. Most of what I have heard about flowerhorns is that they eat whatever they can get in their mouth.

Is this the same fish as the one from your ich post? Perhaps its not eating because it doesn't feel good.

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