First Fish in tank worried about feeding

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  1. Shawn and Carla

    Shawn and Carla

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    We just added our first fish to the tank. Four baby clowns. I was worried because they seem to hide in a corner the whole day, but at night they go crazy swimming up and down. My only worry is that they seem to eat very little Its very difficult to get them to eat. Will only eat when food is right in front of them wont swim to it.

    My other question to all the experts is that they seem to struggle when swimming near the wave maker and if they pass directly in front of one they are blown a couple of centimeters before they recover. Can this harm them or do we need to shut it down till they are a bit bigger. NS beginner
     
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    4 clowns, one tank not a good idea. Being blown by the wavemaker is fine, my tiny convict has gotten use to it.
     
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    Try them on a variety of different foods and see what they prefer -however Clowns are not too fussy.
    They should also get used to the flow in the tank after a while.
    Out of interest what are your parameters and how long did the tank cycle for?
     
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    4 clowns together are not a problem if added at the same time
     
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    Try lobster eggs and cyclops. It is smaller foods and so help stimulate their appetite. Do you switch off your wave makers when feeding them?
     
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    Thanks for the reply tank is 1800X1000X600 was under impression that it will be able to allow for 4 clowns due to the size
     
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    Thanks for the reply. Readings are PH 8.2 salinity 1.025 nitrites, nitrates and amon. all almost 0 use the reef test kid to make sure everything was right. Tank is running for six week but did add stability and special blend from day one to help.
     
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    Thanks for the reply Do switch it off for feeding but the food seems to circle a bit and then it goes down to the sub They hide in awkward corners behind the wave maker so not a lot of food pass close by. When I feed them at night; when they are very active the seems to ignore the food and swim by.
     
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    Thanks for the reply:)
     
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    Ok cool, assumed you started off with something small. Start a thread with pics. We all love pics.:lol::m106::thumbup:
     
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    I added a maroon clown to my Pico, offered him Mysis shrimp dipped in garlic, pecked at it once or twice in 3 days offered him ocean nutrition pellets and only started eating after a week, he is now eating pellets from my hand.

    I reckon patience is your answer.

    I added 4 Clarkii Clowns to my setup at home, all at the same time though ,with no issues.

    Good luck.
     
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    Had a look at your tank pic's, you have a lot of base/live rock in your tank, you could perhaps point your wave-maker's head towards your rockscaping, this will block some of the force of the flow, making it easier for your clowns to get used to the flow.
     
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    Thanks for the advice its working like a bomb. They are doing excellent now Eating and swimming like crazy. When they see me they come closer Marine fakes their choice of food dont want to eat any of the frozen food
     
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    Will try soon still new to the game dont know how to add pics.
     
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    On the quick reply box click on the 5th icon from the right.
    That will take you to an image hosting website and you can upload the pics. You might have to resize them though. Then paste the links in your post using the 7th icon from the right.
     
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