Longhorn cow fish on "diet"

Discussion in 'Urgent Help Needed' started by Nemo, 5 Feb 2009.

  1. Nemo

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    Hi,

    I got this longhorn cow fish for a week and he just refusing intake of food, I have try to give frozen,fresh and dry food but he just shake his head. He is about 12cm body length exclude the tail. Guys please help!!!
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Nemo, is the fish pecking on the rocks?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    have you tried live food?
     
  5. Nemo

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    Sometimes but not too often
     
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    yap, guppy and baby platies but still not interesting:(
     
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    Well that is a good sign. He is probably still shy. He should start taking foods soon. He does not yet feel at home IMO.
     
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    Quite a big boy.

    Does he swim up to the food and then just not eat or does he completely ignore the food when you feed the tank?
     
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    wouldnt brine shrimp be better to try?
     
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    From personal experience (My brothers Longhorn Cowfish) he also had the same issue, the cowfish would not eat. We found that the cowfish didn't like other fish around it (Tangs, Damsels ect) In short it wassant to happy with its new surroundings. ONLY when we removed it to QT for feeding on its own did it actually start eating. Moved it back to DT a few weeks later and his still going strong.

    PS: Also take into consideration these fish DO NOT like strong flow. just a little bit of turbulent flow throws there entire balance off.
     
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    Agree with Storm, separate him for awhile and let him get used to eating prepared foods, they generally eat anything once settle down.
     
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    can you perhaps place him in the sump and try live brine shrimp and a little defrosted krill?
     
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    Hows about a pic. I remember the longhorn cow fish when I use to fish at west there buy the old whaling slip. The little buggers use to chase my sprats. ahhh The good old days.
     
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    live brine shrimp soaked in entice for a few min worked to get mine chowing like mad,unless yours has already kicked the bucket?
     
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    Hi Nemo - how's the longhorn cowfish doing? Has it started eating yet?
     
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    i have Lactoria cornuta and it eats what ever, i feed it brine shimp, but mostly like its just shy, calm the water and normal the lights, and get its attention by pointing out the food, like yellowfish is very aware of my actions and so i get him hell of actions to watch and i sing to him try making him into a belt if nothing elsse works,
     
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