I'm pretty sure he is eating, but he stays hidden behind a big piece of driftwood among a bunch of vals, so I'm really not sure. That uncertainty is what worries me. He is probably the coolest and most exspensive fish I own, so I don't want to lose him, plus I'd like to encourage him to come out in the open more. I guess I'll just try putting my hand near there and dropping food by him and hope that eventually he'll recognize that hand=food.They are supposed to be super smart for fish, so I'll just hope he figures it out over time. Also, he seems really confused by swimming in the vals - maybe because they are nearly blind and use electrical pulses, but he doesn't seem to realize he can just go through them. He kind of will run into one and then turn around or stop!