Nandopsis tetracanthus question

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Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by OPEN WATER PREDATOR » Sat Nov 01, 2008 11:12 pm

I have a 4" cuban who doesn't want to eat. I've tried everything: flake, pellet, bloodworm, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, silversides. I can't swear that he's not eating, but if he is he's not doing it in front of me. I've seen him spit out the pellets. I thought for sure he'd go for the mysis but he seemed completely disinterested.

What does he want?

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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by Alex Odesit » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:30 am

First of, it's not usual for Cuban, not to be hungry. They always easy to please with most type of food available, mine even eat green stuff.
I can only think of it, that your fish is stress from being in the new tank, or may be just doesn't like something about the tank/water itself.
How long ago did you acquire this fish?
Was it wild caught? It's may be another reason it doesn't want to eat.
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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by OPEN WATER PREDATOR » Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:51 am

It's been about 10 days now. He seems hungry, but he seems to spit everything out. Perhaps I'll try relocating him to a different tank.

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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by Alex Odesit » Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:06 am

OPEN WATER PREDATOR wrote:It's been about 10 days now. He seems hungry, but he seems to spit everything out. Perhaps I'll try relocating him to a different tank.
I wouldn't relocate him, it may create more stress, while moving the fish.
I would first check major water parameters.
Like temp, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, other would not meter to him, since it's really hardy fish.
Keep lights in tank down for now, and try to not make sudden moves,noises around the tank, etc
If all water parameters fine, get some frozen blood or black worms, and feed him a little, he must eat after 10 days, if presume he didn't.
Once you see him eat, just start supplement frozen food with dry prepare, so he wouldn't just look for specific food...
HTH
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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by Rick Thibert » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:21 am

You don't state the size of the fish!

I find, the bigger the fish, the more traumatic the move...............

............ No doubt your fish is just sulking and will eat in due course once it's settled in a bit more. Personally, I wouldn't feed it for a couple days then offer something tasty up................ it's not a big deal of they don't eat for a while............. they will survive.................

Does the fish appear thinner??

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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by Alex Odesit » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:39 am

BIG_CICHLID wrote:You don't state the size of the fish!

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He did :D

"I have a 4" cuban who doesn't want to eat" <<< in his first post

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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by Rick Thibert » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:43 pm

:oops: :oops: :oops: :oops:

Oops!! Sorry! :(

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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by fsirico » Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:44 pm

i just picked a 5 inch cuban amonth ago he's in a 440 gallon with pacu ebjd blackbelt flowerhorn and he ate like a pig right away. pellets krill shimp scallop. 10 days he should be eating something by now. could have stomach paracites. thats what it sounds like to me. fish wants to eat for 10 days but keeps spitting out food? something i think i wrong if you ask me. i think if you dont treat him it will waste away. look at its stool if any? is it clear and worm like?

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Re: Nandopsis tetracanthus question

Post by bennymoreno51 » Sun May 24, 2015 9:07 am

anytime my fish did not want eat i put salt in the watet not to much

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