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Dwarf Puffers not taking frozen bloodworms?

Hey all, I recently got 2 pea puffers for my planted 10 gallon tank. This was about 3 days ago. I've been trying to feed them frozen bloodworms but they aren't having it. They kind of watch them and follow as they float around, but don't eat it. I also tried frozen brine and they looked at them for a second then completely ignored it. There is a decent amount of copepods (I think? Look like saltwater copepods but in my freshwater tank obviously) that they snack on and there were 2 pond snails in the tank but I haven't seen them in a day or 2 so I'm assuming they ate them. Apparently the store was feeding live black worms. Any advice on getting them to take frozen? Is there something else I can try feeding?
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Hopefully once the scuds and pods are low in number they'll show more interest in your thawed offerings. Bladder snails are usually relished and easy to propagate, though that doesn't help you right this minute. Might be worth calling your LFS and asking if they have any. They're usually dirt cheap if not free since they come in on plant shipments. If you don't have a spare tank I'd set up a couple of jars with aquarium water and put them in a sunny window right away to be preparing a breeding place for some.
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Hopefully once the scuds and pods are low in number they'll show more interest in your thawed offerings. Bladder snails are usually relished and easy to propagate, though that doesn't help you right this minute. Might be worth calling your LFS and asking if they have any. They're usually dirt cheap if not free since they come in on plant shipments. If you don't have a spare tank I'd set up a couple of jars with aquarium water and put them in a sunny window right away to be preparing a breeding place for some.
Yea I actually have another planted tank with pond snails in them but have only seen 1 good sized one and a couple extremely tiny ones (like newly hatched size). Waiting for them to get a little bigger and hopefully have a steady population in that tank.
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They probably would love live baby brine.
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You can go to your lfs and ask for the pest snails from their planted tank display-many stores will give you some for free

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I do not blame the fish for not taking frozen blood worm when there is live food in the tank, Also I would not feed bloodworm more than once a week, Bloodworms are a treat not part of a staple diet.
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Hey all, I recently got 2 pea puffers for my planted 10 gallon tank. This was about 3 days ago. I've been trying to feed them frozen bloodworms but they aren't having it. They kind of watch them and follow as they float around, but don't eat it. I also tried frozen brine and they looked at them for a second then completely ignored it. There is a decent amount of copepods (I think? Look like saltwater copepods but in my freshwater tank obviously) that they snack on and there were 2 pond snails in the tank but I haven't seen them in a day or 2 so I'm assuming they ate them. Apparently the store was feeding live black worms. Any advice on getting them to take frozen? Is there something else I can try feeding?
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Hopefully once the scuds and pods are low in number they'll show more interest in your thawed offerings. Bladder snails are usually relished and easy to propagate, though that doesn't help you right this minute. Might be worth calling your LFS and asking if they have any. They're usually dirt cheap if not free since they come in on plant shipments. If you don't have a spare tank I'd set up a couple of jars with aquarium water and put them in a sunny window right away to be preparing a breeding place for some.
I think Blue Ridge Reef is probably correct - once other food sources run low, they'll take the frozen blood worms. My pea puffer did the same thing, ignored frozen blood worms the first several times I tried to get him to eat them. Once the snails ran short, he began gladly gorging himself on them. I feed the blood worms 2-3x week, throw snails in from my other tanks as I collect them. I can't propagate snails fast enough for that little murder machine!

Enjoy your puffers, they're awesome little fish!
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You can go to your lfs and ask for the pest snails from their planted tank display-many stores will give you some for free
As would most aquarium-owning neighbors, if you know any. I'm sure many of us on here would gladly send you as much as you like...
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