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Harlequin Rasboras refusing to eat

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I have somewhat of a problem. And yes yes I know it is partly my fault, but I need to fix it.

I was recently away for about three weeks. The person that I asked to take care of my aquariums while I was gone apparently neglected them.

I have 8 Harlequin Rasboras in a community tank and they refuse to feed. I feed them Nutrafin Max and they would always eat it before the neglect happened.

I'm changing as much of the water as I can, as often as I can, but they still refuse to eat.

What do I do?? I've never had this sort of problem before. I'm also having problems with the Corydoras that share the tank, but I will be posting that in the catfish section.

Is there anything I can buy that will tempt them into eating??
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Jaysee, the only blood worms available near me are the freeze dried kind.

I had some decapsulated brine shrimp eggs. I rehydrated them and they wouldn't touch those either.
Ahhhhh. I ran to the walmart nearby and picked up some Tetra Shrimp Gel food. The harlequins are eating now. That still leaves the matter of they corydoras though. I'm so relieved they are eating.

Edit: And now they are back to ignoring the food. . . I'll see if I can get my husband to help me with recording them while I try the brine shrimp eggs again.
Allrighty. Here's the video. At the very end you can see the majority of the gel food they did not eat.

Project1_zpsfa598208.mp4 Video by Jada_Harbison | Photobucket
I have yet to see them poop actually. They are sneaky poopers. And yes, the Corydoras are in the same tank. They are very afraid to come out however.
I performed a 40 % water change the day before I tested the tank. I will be performing another 40 % change as soon as I get home today. As strange as it sounds, I've never had 0 ammonia in any of my tanks. Its always been 0.25 or higher ( When Cycling).

And before that I would do 20 % water changes once a week.

What is prime and where may I aquire it?
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