Getting a dwarf lionfish to eat frozen food

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  1. ziguri

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    Anyone have any advice on how I can get my new dwarf lionfish on frozen foods? Atm the frozen stuff I have are brine shrimp, cyclops as well as some whole frozen fish, look like lance fish maybe? Any tips ?
     
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    I have trained a few on to frozen foods but patience is a must, what I did and worked well was got myself a feeding prong and attached a piece of fishing gut to the end and slid whatever I was feeding on to the gut then you must sort of make it move like live prey by twitching the prong.
     
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    Sounds like a cooking recipe. LOL . Sorry my bad humor.
     
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    Cool, will try it with lance fish + feeding prong. It was eating lance fish at lfs as well so fingers crossed
     
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    Hey bud,

    I had three of these dwarfs... Easiest way is to use the Ocean Nutrition feeding prong, and Lance fish. Poke the fish through the Tail or run the angled part of the prong through the mouth of the lance fish. Turn the lights for the tank off, and use just your living room light(or wherever you have the tank)..

    You also gotta be careful not to hurt the lion fish when its taking the fish. If you feel it bite the stick, then you know you need to get the prong through another part of the fish. It took me almost 2 weeks, but when one fish starts feeding, they all do.

    Also dont follow the fish with the food... Just make it seem like the fish is swimming close, you will see the attention of the Lion Fish move to the lance fish.. then you know its game on. Good luck.. It is a spectacular sight to see these preds feed!!

    Here's my thread when I had these in my 4ft.

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    Thanks bud, I did notice that he was swimming much more actively when I switched off the lights the past 2 nights so will definitely try it out. I've got the feeding prong, as well as what I think is lance fish. Can it take the lionfish 2 weeks to actually go for the bait?
     
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    All depends on the fish. My Mombasa lion started easy. But the fuzzy took long. You might want to select the smaller fish from the lance and feed it that at first. The prong is excellent. My snowflake wont eat from anything else.
     
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    Here's the fish I have, I feed my blue throats this every day

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    Wouldnt mind keeping a fuzzy now. But worried about my cleaner shrimp
     
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    Yeah that's lance fish
     
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    Mines is a zebra dwarf, it's still quite small tbh. barely 2 inches I'd say. Fingers crossed
     
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    I had a male zebra, a mombasa and a fuzzy. They really cool with other fish. Its just my shrimp im concerned about. I have a snowflake in my tank at the moment with other reef fish and its really a model citizen. I would have never expected it. Might get a fuzzy and try it out. They are the smallest after all. So maybe getting one might work out.
     
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    Cool, I kinda wish I had a predator tank instead too.... Maybe someday
     
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    Full on pred can get boring though. A reef tank with preds is something
     
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    True, but it sucks that a lot of the cool preds aren't generally reef safe
     
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    I think it all depends on the individual fish. Most preds are not considered reef safe because they will attack inverts such as shrimp. They rarely affect coral in any way apart from maybe perching on them.

    If you get a pred that is a juvenile, your chances are better. It might also help to get it to eat frozen and train it to wait for its food.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. Btw the lionfish didn't go for the bait at all last night , will stay patient and hopefully he will start eating soon
     
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    When did you get him? Mine also didnt want to even look at the food at first. Patience is the name of the game. Just like with everything in this hobby.
     
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    I bought him on Saturday, so I've only got him almost four days now. Will stay patient then. Hopefully he will start sooner rather than later.
     
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    Yeah they do take time to get used to their surroundings. Keep us posted
     
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