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I have a south American bumblebee cafish and I put food in the tank and never seen him eat in 3 days till today frozen blood worms inside his cave he ate a few but still looked a little skinny what else could I get him to eat I don't know much about south American bumblebee catfish except they grow 3 to 4 inches max and water temp 72f to 78f ph I think 6.0 to 7.6 not sure and it is a peaceful fish as long as the other fish are not small enough for it to eat any help would greatly appreciated.
 

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I have a south American bumblebee cafish and I put food in the tank and never seen him eat in 3 days till today frozen blood worms inside his cave he ate a few but still looked a little skinny what else could I get him to eat I don't know much about south American bumblebee catfish except they grow 3 to 4 inches max and water temp 72f to 78f ph I think 6.0 to 7.6 not sure and it is a peaceful fish as long as the other fish are not small enough for it to eat any help would greatly appreciated.
Microglanis iheringi gets slightly under three inches. The rest of your info is spot on. They are omnivores so you can basically feed them the same as a cory. Brine shrimp are said to be a favorite. These guys are super shy as you seem to be noticing and only really come out after dark. Have you tried feeding a few hours after the lights are off?
 

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thank you for the reply and the help I have tried feeding with the light off but did not wait a few hours will defiantly do so one other problem im having is water clarity it seems to seems to be yellow from driftwood and greenish I keep the light on for 8 hours for my live plants and have a very strong filter 350 gph in a 20 long and I do 25% monthly water changes not sure why I cant seem to get it clear do you have any suggestions for the water clarity thank you very much for the reply and the advice
 

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The yellowishness is tannins from your driftwood, like you said. It won't hurt fish, it actually can be beneficial. I have a blackwater tank I intentionally have that color. Boiling the driftwood is usually the quickest way to be rid of it, but seriously you can just let it go unless it bugs you.

The green water is from algae. Multiple causes there. Too much light is one. What light do you have on the tank? Does it get direct sunlight? Too much waste/nutrients are another. This could definitely be the case. I do at least 25% water changes weekly. You might want to up your's to see if that helps. It will also cut down on the tannins if you change water more frequently.
 

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im using a deep blue sea light I do get a little sunlight on the side of the tank I put a background were the sun was hitting it still lets a little sun light in I will defiantly do weekly 25% water changes thank you for the reply and your help.
 

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I think it says solarmaxHE imput power 120v- 60hz. output power 14 watts lamp type t5 g14 14w. model se-421 30 deep blue company I hope this helps I copyed what the back of that light housing said is to much lightingfor a 20 gallon long?
 

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I had to look up your light because I wasn't familiar with it. It looks like a T5HO, which is a ton of light on a shallow tank. I run a T5NO on my 20 long and have the surface almost covered with floaters. My fish don't seem to mind, the plants grow, and no algae. That light might be part of the cause with your algae if it is a HO.
 

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I think solarmaxHE is a T5NO while the SolarmaxHO is a T5HO >.< No idea what HE stands for though :/ high efficiency?


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Yeah, you're right. I did a Google search for Solarmax HE and it came up with a Solarmax HO search instead thinking I spelled it wrong. I didn't even notice. So just ignore where I said it would be too much. :oops:
 

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yes it is I have 2 live plants that I cant rember the name of and I have the top covered duckweed I just got like between 3 and 5 days ago do you think I can put the light on for 6 hours instead of 8 ? any info would be much aperchiated sorry for the misspelling I just woke up and did not have my coffee I know this is a little off topic but I rember my granny was allways so angry befor she had her coffee I used to think that was funny and now I getting payback lol I cant spell with out my coffee granny is 84 and still kicking strong and dose her scratch off
 

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hmm, i'm not very sure. I' thinking it might be connected to only doing a 25% water change a month... possibly excess nutrients + excess light? try raising the lights a little but maintaining the same photo period... see how that goes...
 

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will do just did a 25% today water change last time I did a water change was the 8th of this month defiantly will get the brackets to raise the light after when I did water change today the water cleared up a lot but still has a little ways too go before crystal clear thank you so much for the reply and your advice I will try to get the brackets to raise the light by the end of the month or next month thanks again.
 
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