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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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"P.H. is 6.4
Ammonia is 0.25 ppm
Nitrites are 0
Nitrate is 40 ppm" ---from JadaNae27 Cory post.
I was hoping jaysee, or someone else with that level of expertise would have gotten back to you by now. Any ammonia at all is cause for concern. Combine that with 40 Nitrates, (50 being the limit in most references I've found, though, personally, I wish they all said 20 for a limit), & your fish may actually be in pain, which would curb their appetites. Corys are especially affected by ammonia, nitrites & nitrates, or any pH swing, that might accompany spikes in those. If it was me, I would do a 50% water change, trying to keep the water you put back in as close to the tank temp as possible, though a degree or 2 higher might be better, making sure to dose well with anti-chlorine before adding your water of course, using Prime especially if you have it; a lot of people seem to like it best from what posts I've seen.
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