Eat your vegetables!

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  1. sihaya

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    I have an amusing story to tell... I have this royal blue tang who refused to eat any kind of vegetable matter. Weird, I know. But I swear, it wouldn't eat Nori or any other kind of seaweed. I even tried to trick it into eating it by soaking it in juices from meaty food. I even tried soaking it in Selcon. But it was so stubborn! At some point, I noticed it was starting to get a little lateral line disease, which I'm sure was due to its poor diet. Of course, it ate plenty of everything else, so it was also getting a little thick in the middle. I was so frustrated. I had a fat fish that was I worried was going to die from malnurishment.

    Then one day, I put a small yellow tang in the system and, of course, it ate up the Nori with great enthusiasm. And guess what? As soon as the royal blue saw the yellow tang eating the Nori, it rushed up, pushed the yellow tang aside and starting eating up the Nori as fast as it could. Ugh! And, sure enough, with in a few days, the signs of later line disease were already starting to fade. Now he's quite healthy-- now that he's finally eating a healthy diet.

    I swear, these fish are like little kids. After all my efforts to get this blue tang to eat its Nori, all it took was another fish to want it. I should have known... my toddler is the same way! :lol:
     
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    LOL very funny

    Should all fish eat vegetable matter?
     
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    all tangs yes, lots of blennies yes.

    Some angels will also eat Nori, if they see the tangs eat it. Well my Navarchus and LaMarck does.

    Even land predators like lions do consume some green stuff, especially out of the stomachs of the antelope they catch.
     
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    Monkey see monkey do...
     
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    I see this in domestic animals :). Well done!
     
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    Well yes ... weird how creatures work. I had two clown fish tank bred as well as two snowflake clowns which never hosted in anything. Even though the anemone was there. I then put one clownfish from one of my other tanks into that tank and within 3 hours all the other clowns was hosting as well....so yes monkey see monkey do !
     
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    I also noticed it with some of my fish even my cleaner wrasse and others started eating nori since i introduced my tangs
     
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    That's even better! -lol These stories might suggest that the phenomenon of "I don't want it until someone else wants it" runs deep in our evolutionary history. ;)
     
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    Thanks, but it was entirely unintentional on my part. I only wish I could say I actually thought of putting another tang in there as a strategy.
     
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    I had a similar story when I bought a file fish to eat an out of control aptasia prob in one of my tanks. He wouldn't touch them .After several weeks I took matters in my own hands and started squirting a few with kalk. After squishing a couple all of a sudden the file fish went crazy for them . Within 2 days he ate all of them .not one in sight .go figure lol
     
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    Well, now that's entirely different, your file fish was just waiting for you to season and tenderize them properly. :lol:
     
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    Many things are found unintentionally and a find is a ffind. Credit to you:thumbup:r
     
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    Also funny - my husband has a tendency to steal sheets of Nori from under the aquarium and eat them while he watches the fish. The yellow tang paces in front of him when he does this. I told him once, "he knows you're eating his Nori." My husband said "oh come on... they're not that smart." lol I'm like "they don't have to be all that smart to recognize food and the fact that some other animal is eating it in front of them!"
     
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    Most community fish will do well with a varied diet of protein and vegetable matter. I've even some triggers take to Nori
     
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    Yes and you sound like a loving parent.
     
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