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Criss Fish 11-30-2011 07:23 PM

Tiger Barbs won't eat
so i have 4 tiger barbs in my 60 gal tank to help cycle it, and they won't eat. they've been in there for 4-5 days now and they won't eat.

i have some fake plants and a fake tree stump in there and when i enter the room and come anywhere near the tank, they hide from me, or when i turn any lights on.

when i put food (flakes) on top of the water, they don't eat it (they stay at the bottom most of the time) so it sits and dissolves and rots so i have to net it out.

when i sink the food, it floats around, bounces off them, one of them will eat a piece or two and ignore the rest, and they don't eat it. so i have to net it out again.

at this point, i put one of those 7 day feeder cubes in and i guess they will eat when they are hungry.

am i doing something wrong? why are they so timid and scared?

Criss Fish 11-30-2011 08:17 PM

my mom just suggested this:

is it possible the tank is too big for them? maybe they are too used to the small tank or being with so many at Petsmart?

MinaMinaMina 12-01-2011 12:13 AM

Answering a few questions will help us figure out the problem.

Here's the form from the Disease Forum:

1. Size of tank?

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia?
b. Nitrite?
c. Nitrate?
d. pH, KH and GH?
e. Test kit?

3. Temperature?

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?

5. How long the aquarium has been set up?

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?

9. a. Filtration?
b. Heater?

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?

11. a. Water change schedule?
b. Volume of water changed?
c. Well water, tap water, RO water?
d. Water conditioner used?
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?

12. Foods?
How often are they fed?

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
b. Appearance of poop?
c. Appearance of gills?

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?
b. What meds were used?

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.

chevysoldier 12-01-2011 04:10 AM

You could try soaking their food in garlic juice. There is no scientific study to back this up, but it is supposed to boost immunity and appetite in fish. I give it to my fish about twice a week.

Make sure it is fresh garlic you crush or if you buy the minced stuff in jars it only has water and no additives.

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