Scopas tang not eating

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  1. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I bought a scopa tang on friday. Seemd happy enough when i put in in my tank, but over the weekend i noticed it was getting thinnner. i have not seen it eat yet. I have given it nori, flakes and marine mix. This morning its not looking good and is just sitting in the corner. Ony other tank mate is a bristletooth, which does not fight with it at all.
    any suggestions on how to get it to eat?
     
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    Have you tried Fresh Fish Roe ?
     
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    Nori tied to a rock or veggie clip
     
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    My Scopas has never touched nori before. He eats flakes and browses algae. I've found the best way to get fish eating is to freeze an urchin, and throw in small sections, gradually moving over to flake or whatever the fish prefers once it's started eating. Another way, although I'm not sure about scopas, is to throw in live brine shrimp. This should start the feeding process. There's only so much that you can do, and the best is to provide a stress-free environment. Hovering over the tank and throwing in all sorts will just stress it further. Rather make sure that it has a hiding place in the dark.
     
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    Try adding a bit of garlic to the foods to try and entice it to eat.
     
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    Is it grazing on the rocks?
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks for the advice.
    Have tried garlic. HAvent seen it grazing the rocks.
    Just got back form the shops and now its swimming upside down!
     
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    You did your best. These things are generally out of our hands.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    im annoyed though. i only got it on friday!!!!
    i havent had fish in my tank since december (due to small tank accident and studies) and now that my tank is finally ready for fish, this happens.
     
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    Keep your chin up. I battled with a fish for two weeks to eat and when I gave up he proved me wrong. Sometimes its just badluck
     
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    That sucks. How big is/was the scopas tang? Maybe start with some small, non-territorial fish.
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    im not giving up yet!
    its about 5 or 6 cm.
    i shall kee pyou posted on any progress.
     
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    sorry to hear! its not good loosing a fish...

    how was it looking when you bought it from your LFS ?
    next time ask the LFS to feed the fish before you buy, that way you'll know if its eating.
     
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    Sorry to hear bud :(
     
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    Doesn't sound good 459b :( Hope he pulls through. Any idea how long he had been in the LFS before you bought it?
     
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    what about banana? or pees?
     
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    There's obviously something wrong with him. My scopa is only 3-4cm and is grazing everywhere. He eats frozen artemia and nori. How did you acclimatize him? You're sure the bristle tooth is not hammering him when you're not watching?
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    Hi,you can try bloodworm as well.
     
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    Cant do that with a fish swimming upside down :(
     
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    459b Thread Starter Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the lfs apparently had it for a few days.
    I acclimitized it very slowly, adding/changing small amounts of water over a few hours.
    Bristeltooth isnt hammering him at all, it swims around the tank and doesnt seem to notice the scopa at all. I sat in front of my tank for hours yesterday watching.
    i will try brine shrimp and bloodworm as well.
     
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