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moodyt23 04-10-2012 09:21 PM

Trouble get bichir to eat
 
I got a 3 or 4inch bichir about 2 days ago. That i want to see him eeat i try to feed him shrimp pellets do they eat at night in the dark but i dont want him to die


HELP?

:cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry::cry:

InsaneIchthyology 04-11-2012 09:55 AM

Oh those polypterus.
I used to have 3 of them, and getting them to eat when you first bring them home can be challenging.
I fed mine live fish, like rosy minnows. Those might be too big for your guy, so maybe guppy fry would work...or really small minnows.
After a while mine started to eat pellets, but I started out with live fish.
The only problem with live fish from stores (especially petco) is that they live in cramped conditions and if one gets a disease, then they all get it, thus leading to your fish getting that disease if you feed him those fish.
I didn't have any problem like that, but just be careful.

moomoofish 04-11-2012 11:11 AM

bloodworms are your best friend

InsaneIchthyology 04-11-2012 11:40 AM

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Originally Posted by moomoofish (Post 1043076)
bloodworms are your best friend

that too. ^

Sanguinefox 04-11-2012 01:42 PM

What time of day are you trying to feed him? Also what did the pet store feed him? What size tank is he in? What is the substrate? Does he/she have hiding places? Also what species is it?

Also I second the notion of trying Blood Worms. Although personally I would if I were you push to also provide things like live worms (Red Wrigglers, Earthworms, Night-Crawlers). If you can get them in lengths shorter or no longer than four inches you may find it to be a tasty and wholesome treat for your Bicihir.

moomoofish 04-19-2012 12:37 PM

Blackworms, high protein and he will destroy them.

Sanguinefox 04-19-2012 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by moomoofish (Post 1052238)
Blackworms, high protein and he will destroy them.

Until they burrow into the substrate if you get them live. It's an okay treat but once he gets to a certain size he won't be able to do much more than bite at the initial ball. So for a Bichir this is best served as thawed bought frozen treat.

moomoofish 04-20-2012 09:00 PM

Mine likes burrowing for them when hes hungry, I let them go in the substrate on purpose so my fish can dig for them. Constant treats are nice.


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