11-03-2008, 12:16 AM
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Question: Did you get from a pet store and did you get the food they were feeding them? If no you should start doing this with future fish that way you can aclimate them to your food. (it may be pricy, but you won't lose a fish which is more costly) (and you should always quarintine all new livestock you add to the tank for pests or ick or misc)
You should have quarintined them both and gave them food that you know they were eating before and then slowly worked the food into your own. if you didn't get them from a LFS or have no idea what they were eating, then them being in the quarintine would have given them time to get use to the food hitting them, and always try to keep it on a schedual. feed once a day at 9pm right before lights turn off or at 7am a bit before lights turn on or a 1pm or whatever works best for you. Consistency helps with the aclimation of food.
Since the fish are in the tank teach yourself to be on a schedual and don't over feed unless you have an awsome skimmer, just feed enough. many times Clowns like to spit and eat spit and eat over and over again, they eat a little, but not much at first. I've know Basslet fish to be a bit on the shy side initally which is why it's not eating. when you feed, add a bit of garlic to the food to stimmulate their appitite then walk away from the tank so you're out of their view. with clowns, they like to watch you more then eat most of the time and the basslet will be too afraid of you to eat which is why it keeps hiding.
IN short, feed tank and walk away and watch from distance.