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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 11:40 pm Post subject: lionfish on hunger strike Reply with quote

 guys  its  been  bout  2    days  since  i  picked  up  three  lionfish  from  my  local  LFS  ....however  these  guys  dont  seem  to  be  eating  anything...what  should  i  be  feeding  these  guys?  how  does  one  train  a  fish  to  eat  ?
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 12:09 am Post subject: majestic lions Reply with quote

 sorry  earlier  comments  deleted
 
 The  lions  like  their  wild  counterparts  are  highly  carnivorous  ambush  hunters
 
 They  prefer  live  prey  like    fishes  and  inverts!!!  Hope  u  dont  have  any  small  fish  in  your  tank.
 
 Start  feeding  with  live  prey  like  fishes/shrimps  initially,  incase  of  unavailability  of  marine  origin  use  freshwater  livebaits  but  not  for  long  periods.
 
 Start  giving  meat/flesh  along  with  fish  after  about  a  week  (preferably)  initially  by  cofeeding  and  later  converting  from  live.
 
 Start  moist  diets  if  available  (I  used  it  very  successfully  by  making  it  in  the  form  of  balls)
 
 what  species  u  have  and  cost  plz.


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 thanks  a  lot  pearlspot  for  the  snappy  reply  ...well  i  did  do    alot  of  research  before  buying  the  fish  ...and  i  do  believe  that  life  is  precious  ....although  i  was  hesitent  bout  feeding  them  guppys  ..i  didnt  want  an  outbreak  of  diseses  cuz  of  guppy  consumption  ..ive  even  converted  my  oscars  (in  my  freshwater  aquarium)  into  veggies..besides  the  occasional  bloodworm  feast  they  enjoy  now  and  then...
         well  i  do  have  a  couple  of  clowns  and  a  blue  tang  with  the  lions  in  the  tank  ..but  the  clowns  are  big  enough  and  so  is  the  blue  tang
       my  lions  are  of  the    "Pterois  volitans"  type  ......they  are  the  most  magnificient  creatures  ive  ever  seen  ....
 am  gonnal  try  the  diet  u  mentioned  ..ill  post  the  progress..
 
 thanks  a  lot  for  the  help
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 4:31 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Welcome  to  IAH  guruvaidya.
 
 2  days  is  a  bit  early  to  start  worrying.  They  are  probably  still  getting  used  to  your  tank.  Someone  I  know  had  a  dwarf  lion  that  went  on  a  hunger  strike  for  about  6  weeks  before  eating.
 
 Don't  be  in  a  hurry,  put  a  couple  of  live  shrimp  or  tempt  them  with  a  dead  shrimp  skewered  on  a  feeding  stick  (sharpened  chopstick  or  similar).  Remember  that  predators  like  lionfish  do  not  need  to  be  fed  everyday,  two  or  three  times  a  week  is  more  than  enough.
 
 Whatever  you  do,  don't  feed  them  goldfish!!  Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 8:38 am Post subject:  Reply with quote

 Welcome  to  IAH,  Guruvaidya.
 
 If  you  don't  mind  my  asking,    how  big  is  your  tank?  And  what  else  is  in  it  apart  from  the  lions?
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 Dude!  Nothing  to  worry  about!  Sit  back  and  relax.  Wait  for  a  week.  Let  him  get  used  to  your  tank  and  feel  safe.  Just  feed  him  dead  prawns.  (Freezed  in  your  freezer  to  avoid  infection)  See  if  the  guy  eats  it!  Dont  leave  uneaten  prawns  in  the  tank  or  it  will  lead  to  a  ammonia  spike!
 
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 Adding  3  volitans  in  a  single  shot  may  disturb  the  bio-balance  of  your  tank.  They  are  purely  carnivore  and  imagine  what  would  happen  when  they  begin  to  eat  well.  Best  is  offer  them  to  eat  only  in  turns  of  one  lion  per  2  days.  A  typical  volitans  is  a  very  greedy  and  bold  fish,  as  compared  to  dwarfs  or  antennata,  etc.  As  others  rightly  said,  its  too  early  to  worry  for  them,  unless  you  see  mucus  like  thing  inside  its  mouth.  They  don't  show  feeding  interests  when  the  water  current  is  high  either.
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 i  want  to  thank  all  u  guys  for  the  advice  ..its  great  being  here..its  also  great  to  know  a  lot  of  ppl  share  the  same  passion  as  i  do...
 my  tanks  a  48  x  18  X  24  with  a  12mm  glass
 ive  got  a  ug  filter,  an  azoo  powerhead  and  an  other  powerhead  for  
 the  protein  skimmer  ..ill  keep  yall  posted  of  the  progress..
 thanks  guys..
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Shankar  wrote:                
Adding  3  volitans  in  a  single  shot  may  disturb  the  bio-balance  of  your  tank.  They  are  purely  carnivore  and  imagine  what  would  happen  when  they  begin  to  eat  well.  Best  is  offer  them  to  eat  only  in  turns  of  one  lion  per  2  days.  A  typical  volitans  is  a  very  greedy  and  bold  fish,  as  compared  to  dwarfs  or  antennata,  etc.  As  others  rightly  said,  its  too  early  to  worry  for  them,  unless  you  see  mucus  like  thing  inside  its  mouth.  They  don't  show  feeding  interests  when  the  water  current  is  high  either.                

 I  completely  agree  with  Shankar!
 Please  also  be  kind  enough  to  post  us  on  your  set-up  of  equiptments  so  that  we  can  help  you  with  necessary  alterations!
 One  more  thing  -  do  they  'yawn'  quite  often?  
 Please  be  on  your  toes  -  your  tank  is  over-stocked  and  just  a  small  little  accident  is  enough  to  trigger  stress  and  stress  =  biggest  killer  of  aquarium  fish.
 Please  be  very  particular  with  your  tests  as  the  kind  of  feeding  you  intend  will  all  amount  to  copious  amounts  of  organic  waste  =  ammonia  spikes    Sad  
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 I  share  your  passion.  My  greatest  wish  is  to  breed  them  Thumb Down  !!  In    natural  habitat  its  a  magnificiant  sight  to  watch  the  lions  'hunting'.  They  can  be  observed  on  the  shallow  reefs,  especially  juvis,  and  on  small  pools    of  low  tide  areas.  The  time  to  look  out  for  is  the  evening    and  they  hunt  alone  rarely  saw  any  group  activity  as  we  often  observe  in  aquaria.  They  are  very  fearless  and  dont  even  bother  your  presence  (unfortunately  so  easily  caught).  So,  the  ideal  time  to  feed  your  lion  may  be  the  evening?
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 looks  like  strikes  called  off  ..just  this  evening  a  friend  of  mine  supplied  me  with  some  home  bred  guppys  ..i  just  introduced  bout  6  of  em  into  the  tank  and  within  seconds  they  were  gone!!  ..i  mean  these  guys  are  amazing  ambush  predators  ..although  i  need  to  know  how  nutritional  these  guppys  really  are  ....i  havent  tried  prawns  as  yet  ..but  did  try  dried  krill  ..but  they  dont  seem  interested  in  krill...
     breeding  lions  huh.pearlspot  ..yea  that  would  be  really  cool  ..speaking  of  which  how  do  you  tell  which  ones  male  and  which  ones  female?  or  are  they  like  clowns?  (ie  swinging  both  ways)
     shankar  the  feeding  interest  is  there  ..it  was  probably  the  food  that  wasnt  interesting  ..
       aquascapes  i  had  posted  my  set-up  of  equipments  earliar  ..what  alterations    do  u  recommend?  
         well  i  wouldnt  say  they  yawn  quite  often  ..but  yea  ive  seen  them  do  that  sometimes  ..why?  what  does  that  signify?
       how  many  of  yall  have  lions  in    tank?  ..and  are  they  alone?  or  do  they  have  company?
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