Lionfish Feeding Tips (mine is STUBBORN)

Discussion in 'Fish Food' started by haloist, May 5, 2010.

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  1. haloist

    haloist Skunk Shrimp

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    FINALLY! He ate his FIRST Silverside ! ! ! ! Thank you guys for your advices - it worked - he ate! : D
     
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  3. ATC

    ATC Astrea Snail

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    i have the reverse problem. my volitan has eaten silversides and krill since last october and for the last 3 weeks has refused to eat anything but a few tiny krill. i had to get live goldfish today just so he'd have some food. i'm gonna try what others suggested as well to ween him back to frozen. i dont like the idea of keeping a 10g tank running just to have food.
     
  4. Sco-tie

    Sco-tie Bristle Worm

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    just a bit off subject but curiosly how do you move a lionfish from the store to your tank? bucket? net? im going to get one but im mainly concerned about moving him without hurting him
     
  5. ATC

    ATC Astrea Snail

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    your standard net and bag for mine, was about 4" long when i got. but in some cases a larger net and larger bag or other means.
     
  6. haloist

    haloist Skunk Shrimp

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    Yeah, my family freaks when they see me feed him live food, so I can't feed him live food. Also, I heard goldfishes aren't the best for lionfish, it gives them stomach problems in the long run. For your lionfish, I think adding a little garlic smell to the food enhances the chance of him eating it too. Let me know how it goes!
     
  7. haloist

    haloist Skunk Shrimp

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    Their spines can get caught in the net. I usually do it bucket-style to avoid spine losses. I think I used a very big ladle to transfer him from the bucket to the tank.
     
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  9. ATC

    ATC Astrea Snail

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    yea it's more or less a temporary fix, i got 5 gf only just so he has some sort of food. i do not want to feed him goldfish for very long at all. i'll try the garlic smell on some silversides.
     
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    tigermike74 Panda Puffer

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    Danios or any brackish fish are a safer live feeder than goldfish. Goldfish will lack the nutrients the lionfish needs in saltwater animals/food.
     
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  12. haloist

    haloist Skunk Shrimp

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    Hey Incognito, that's a really good site! I've never thought of those techniques, I'll have to use those methods next time I have another stubborn eater! Thanks!