feeding Anthias

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  1. RiaanP

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    feeding Anthias in a quarantine holding system. Got 2 in there on day 20.

    But it does not seem that they are eating as they should. Flakes just get spit out.

    What options are there to feed them.I cannot continue feeding frozen as it does mess with the parameters. It is a 90L display and another 90L sump with TS1 skimmer and lots of bio-balls.

    Currently on lobster eggs and reef paste. About 4 to 5 times a day. Lobster eggs gets defrosted in RO and using a syringe I use one cube over 3 feedings.

    What else can I try?
     
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  3. Zandy

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    maybe some clyclopeeze ...that will float on the water surface and you can scoop it up after every feed (what's left) plus it contains very high levels of fatty acids ect
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    http://www.argent-labs.com/argentwebsite/cyclopeeze.htm
    ParametersCyclop-eezeArtemiaProtein6073Lipid3518Ash35Carbonhydrate23Astaxanthin2867 ppm<D.LCanthaxanthin15 ppm102 ppm18:3n3 (Linolenic Acid)10.45%1.3%20:5n3 (EPA)11.74%0.2522:6n3 (DHA)11.09%2.7%Enzyme Activity (Superoxide Dismutase)
    30,00022,500Average Body Length800 um400 um
     
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    Just refer to the link above for nutrional information
     
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    what type of anthias is it..will help with regard to feeding as some are more challenging than others
     
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    normal orange.

    the ones that you frequently see at the shops. About R200 each if I remember correctly
     
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    sea goldies, Pseudanthias squamipinnis

    i use new era foods, no better food
    you can use the grazers and place in semi flow area and it will break up like plankton

    also brightwell macrovore food
     
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    what about live foods.
    when i got my scooter gobies they would not eat anything,then feed them every day live brine shrimp for 2 weeks now they eat everything i feed my fish.
     
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    Spot on busanmarc.
    To trigger a feeding response with anthias, nothing beats a swarm of live artemia naupolii.
    Slowly start mixing other foods in with the live food and the battle is as good as won.
     
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    @RiaanP what did you found worked for your Anthias?

    Mine also spitting out most of the food I tried.
     
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    only lobster eggs.

    But feeding them frozen foods in a smallish quarantine system 2 or 3 times a day is not working.

    All 4 died. They just refused to eat. Maybe I realized too late that they are actually not eating. At first, it did look like they take fine flakes. But later, checking them out, it became clear that they are just spitting it out again.

    Will try anthias again later. When I at home for the 6 weeks and do not have to relay on the tank sitter to watch them as well.
     
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    Yip I bought mine last week Friday, for some reason the male died the next day and two of my other fish blue/green chromis and Sailfin/Algea Blenny. Maybe a bug or something that the Anthia brought along. The other one is still okay, I went back to the LFS and asked what they are feeding them as I asked them the day when I bought them they said they feed on anything but prefer the flakes so I got some flakes but he is still not eating.
     
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    My clowns had the same problem. I think its because they and wild caught and need to adapt to the flakes. I fed frozen brine(very little) basically as teaser then brine flakes and eventually he just accepted it;)
     
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    when I had goldies , they used to eat tetra bits but they must be soaked in tank water or ro before adding to soften it. You can even try this with the flake also.
     
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    Yip I soak the flakes in tank water or RO water.
     
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    When we land new Anthias we feed a cocktail of lobster eggs, mysis and reef paste. The reef paste triggers the feeding response.

    I feed my personal ones the same cocktail but with other foods and twice a day.
     
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