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Fuzzy Dwarf Lion?


stacey

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I added a fuzzy dwarf lion to my 40 gallon tank (I know it isn't a nano, but I am looking for some advice) on Friday, and I haven't been able to get it to eat yet. It is still hiding, but it is so small that I am afraid that it will die if it doesn't eat soon. I have tried small guppies, but I almost think that they are still too big for it. My b/f bought it for a surprise, so I am pretty sure that he did not ask the lfs if it was eating or to see it eat before he bought it. I have had experience with voltians, but this is my first dwarf. The params are all normal and stable (ammonia-0, nitrites-0, nitrates-5, specific gravity-1.023, pH-8.2, and temp-78), and it has been running for 6 months with 40lbs of pre-cured live rock and 30lbs of arag-alive sand. I don't have any other fish in the tank that would pick on it (only a small pair of true percs). Does anyone have any tips are ideas? I am just at a bit of a loss as to what to do.

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have you tried mysis shrimp?

 

Not yet, because my lfs is out. I should know better than waiting till I out before I get some, but they are supposed to get some in tomorrow. Do you think that it will eat them if I just squirt them in front of it (like with a turkey baster), or should I try to hand feed or use tongs? Like I said, I have experience with voltians, but they are usually really easy to get to eat live foods and train to eat frozen.

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Oftentimes, acclimating lions need to be enticed with some live food. I fed mine some guppies when I first acclimated my Zebra Dwarf. Guppies can survive in the salt water and the little guy gets a chance to hunt them down and get comfortable eating in his new home. Then try enticing him with a mixed fare of quality frozen foods like silversides, krill or mysis. SF Bay brand and Hikari both make good frozen foods. Buy a variety because you don't know his taste. Plus having several frozen foods is a great way to diversify their diet and keep them healthy. Mine eats SF Bay carnivore frozen blend and then I give him some silversides or krill in place of every third meal. Sometimes I'll get him a guppy as a special treat but live feeder fish, especially goldfish are not a good source of nutrition for lions regardless of what your LFS says.

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firstly, tell your b/f to buy you gifts that arnt alive.

dwarf lions need to be trained on ghost shrimp before they will eat frozen food.

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The fish died last night. :( Thankfully, he didn't pollute the tank at all before I got him out. Hopefully, he won't buy me any more fish just out of the blue like he did this time.

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