Bangai Cardinal feeding

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  1. JDgr8

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    Hi All

    I finally bought 3 Bangai Cardinal fish on Saturday and acclimatised for nearly 2 hours, following the advice on MASA. They seem fine and healthy, however, I am concerned about their feeding.

    I alternate feeding between brine shrimp, fine mussels (frozen) and granulated fish food (Dr Bassleer's Biofish food). More regulary the mussels, as my Naso does not eat brine shrimp at all. From Saturday morning when I inserted these 3 fish, they were "hiding" around the urchin. On Saturday evening one of these seemed quite eager to feed on the mussels, however, the other 2 hardly moved, nor seemed interested. On Sunday evening I noticed, feeding brine shrimp that one again fed actively and the other 2 were sort of grabbing food, but spitting it out. The same has happened every night.

    I am concerned that these guys may not feeding sufficiently. Is there any other food I should try? Are they maybe just still trying to adapt to their new surroundings and tank? Since Monday they haven't used the Urchin as a "shelter". I also noticed that 2 of them always stick together and from time to time the third Cardinal will join them. Is this natural?

    Thanks in advance for advice / feedback.
     
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  3. LuckyFish

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    I guess, you bought wild caught fish.
    What size?
    The best food for wild caught banggais to wean them is Mysis.
    Some take blood worms. The food has to visible for the banggais as prey.
    Meaning it must look like something they know.
     
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    Hi LuckyFish

    I will get some Mysis and / or blood worms in the am. I take it this won't be harmful to my other fish? I have two clowns, fire goby, Naso tang and sailfin tang.

    Just fed them. Again, the one fed eagerly on mussels and the other 2 just swam around picking at the food and spitting it out. How long do these guys live without food? I'm getting worried that they're starving.

    BTW, they are about 6cm long from mouth to tail.
     
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    try marinemix JDgr8, ive got a pair of them and the one refuses to eat anything else except this
     
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    @ Diveshan: Shot for the advice bud!
     
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    there was a time, where we only had mysis, krill, blood worms and brines as food.
    So it might be, that the restbof your fish is eating that before your banggais got a chance. Copperbands usually take blood worms as first weaning diet.
    6 cm, check my banggai thread and try to sex them.
    Make sure, that you take the third fish out after you are sure you got a pair.

    the third will die sooner or later. Keep him as a spare, in case one dies because of cyanide fishing. You might be lucky, the spare one will have the same sex as the dead one. They don't get along with three fish, except they are all females.
     
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    luckyfish ive got two banggai's since july last year, they are always swimming together, do you think they could be a pair? they are locally bred and i got them when they were about three months old
     
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    Definitely a pair. The should breed since September already.
    What are you doing wrong? Temp. 27 to 28 degrees and feeding until the won't eat any more. Is the female sometimes next to him and vibrating?
     
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    im not really sure which 1 the female is but the one is alot bigger than the other because of feeding differences. i want to try my hand at breeding them though...had abit of luck with peppermint shrimps, got them to the 7th stage atleast on the first try until a power outage killed of the larvae
     
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    That is something. Banggais shouldn´t be a problem for you. All you need to know, you will find in my thread below!
     
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    Hi LuckyFish

    Got my hands on some mysis yesterday and the Banggais fed well! (Wooo Hoo!!!) Thanks for the advice Bud!!!

    You mentioned in your first response that I had to use mysis to "wean" them. Does this mean that I initially feed mysis and slowly but surely take it away, or do I mix the 2 or how?

    Thanks
     
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    I told you so! :)
    Keep on feeding mysis for a few days and then offer something else.
    They will not eat flakes or pellets. Usually not.
    The larger the food variety, the better and more healthy the offspring.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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