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Old 08-06-2008, 05:38 AM   #1
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Can't get my rummy nosed tetras to eat.


Hello,

I have 5 Rummy Nosed Tetras for over a week now. They are very active and school around the tank but tend to keep to the bottom and middle layers of the tank. When I put in fish flakes on the surface, they don't come up for it. My harlequin raspboras are such pigs that they usually gobble up all the food before my Rummy's have a chance. Even if some of the flakes float down, my Rummy's are not aggressive enough to even beat a Cardinal Tetra to the food. I have also tried TetraMin tropical granules that sink slowly. They will bite at it but then spit it back out. Any advice? All my other fish are feeding well.

Tank info:
55 gallon planted tank
10 Harlequin Rasboras
14 Cardinal Tetras
1 small Angelfish
1 Betta
5 Rummy nose tetra
2 Watts/gal compact flourescent lights
Marineland Magnum HOT filter
Tom Bar's Excell dosing method

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Old 08-06-2008, 05:39 AM   #2
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I'd try to feed some flakes so the other fish go for it, and then try some frozen food first. ie: Bloodworms. IME, fish that don't eat prepared foods will usually go for frozen. After a while, I'll wean them off the frozen and move them over to prepared. Once in a while, I'll drop in a cube of frozen food as a treat.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:05 AM   #3
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I have 5 rummy nose also they are allways moving mine eat anything they eat out of my hand,I would use flake food.I also feed my cory cats shrimp pellets the rummy nose even pick at those on the bottom of the tank.
They need good water quality how long has your tank been set up?
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:55 AM   #4
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Get at least 5 more of them. They will become more bold in bigger numbers -- mine eat like pigs, splashing the water surface at feeding time... Frozen food will help as well, like epicfish suggested.
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Feed small amounts until the rasboras and cardinals are stuffed, then put some flakes near the filter so they push it down towards the Rummies. Also try doing a water change, my Rummies get more rambunctious and hungry after I do one.

They may be eating small bits that are floating in the water column. I see mine feeding all day long on bits of debris. As long as they are active and don't have sunken bellies, they are probably getting something to eat. Don't worry until there is something to worry about. Good Luck.
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Get at least 5 more of them. They will become more bold in bigger numbers -- mine eat like pigs, splashing the water surface at feeding time... Frozen food will help as well, like epicfish suggested.
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