I recently bought 3 ~1cm Trichopsis pumila or Trichopsis schalleri - currently in my QT tank with some cherry shrimp (who are in a breeding net to protect them).
I don't know which species I have, I can only be certain I don't have T. vittata as those have a stripe by the anal fin which my fish lack.
So far they won't eat any of the prepared foods I've tried (cichlid pellets, tropical flakes, algae wafers). I think I have some frozen bloodworms in my freezer but the drawer they're in is frozen almost solid and needs some defrosting before I'll be able to get them out!
Will they accept frozen bloodworms?
Their mouths are so small I find it hard to believe they'll be able to eat it.
Do I need to purchase live foods for them?
They pecked at the cichlid pellets a bit before giving up so they may have eaten some of it - I know the largest one ate part of a flake and then spat out the rest, but the smallest one looks very thin and doesn't seem to have eaten anything (it's constantly swimming along the tank bottom and pecking at invisible somethings though - could it be eating tiny critters? Or tiny pieces of the discarded flake food?).
Any advice is appreciated