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Tetras Won't Eat Flakes

I recently bought a bunch of Cardinal Tetras and Remmynose Tetras and they will not come to the surface to eat. It's been 2 days now. Is there something I've been going wrong? I'm trying to feeding them flakes.

I have a planted 14g biocube. All my levels are good. I even restricted the flow to see if that was causing them to want to come to the surface but that wasn't it either..
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They need to get used to their new home for a while sometimes, if not i would switch to a high quality pellet soon.
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I restricted the flow and they were much more comfortable. They are eating now.Thank you.
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Most tetras don't naturally feed at the surface. Just take a pinch of flakes and swish them into the water.
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My serpae tetras never come to the surface to eat. They wait for the food to sink down to them.
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I use prongs to get the flakes out and then before I let them go (or while they're still in their container) I crush them up as I feel some flakes are way too big. I let them go and then I give it a tap downwards so the fish can see it. As they get comfortable, I think they'll come to the surface to get it, but until then, you can give it a tap so the flakes go down and you can watch them eat.
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They will sink after a few minute but be sure not to over feed, plus moving back from the tank slowly might help until they feel comfortable.


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Swishing the flakes around a in the water made the flakes sink and stepping back made them more comfortable. Thanks all.
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