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chrisdamage

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I'm having a hard time trying to get my new jawfish to eat... I've tried Formula One, Cyclopeeze, Freeze-Dried Krill, bits of Frozen Brine Shrimp, just about everything... I've tried using a turkey baster and target feeding him, I've also tried just putting the food in the tank... I've had him for about 4 days now and he's still not eating and I'm getting worried... His only other tankmate is a purple firefish so I don't think he's getting intimidated... Help please, if you have any comments or suggestions anything will be appreciated.

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geekreef_05

How large is this fish?

 

If you have a mature tank with lots of pods in there its possible that he might not eat at all cause he's feeding off that live food source.

 

Otherwise, I suggest keep trying frozen brine shrimp...it tastes good to them and usually is a great way to start the feeding process.

 

Be wary of overfeeding and keep watch to see if that fish is eating anything else.

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My jawfish liked frozen mysis. I had to target feed him with a baster. Does the he hide from the baster? Mine used to and I had to be creative and shoot the food to him without him seeing the baster.

 

You might have to try hatching some brine shrimp and feed him some live food.

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chrisdamage

I do think he might be afraid of the baster... I've tried frozen brine to no avail... Part of my troubles are that his location in the tank is in a very inconvenient spot for feeding or being sneaky with the baster... I called my LFS where I got him from and they told me to try live brine also, so i guess I'll give that a try and see whats up...

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Just try to get him eating pellet or flake for the time being.

 

My goby was too skittish to be fed via baster for about 3 months now :P

I just got him to stop hiding everytime I open the cover so he can get some food.

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My dusky jawfish LOVES P.E. brand mysis. Actually everything in my tank will eat that stuff up greedily.

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It's early and no time to panic , just feed your firefish as you normaly would and let the jawfish settle in and get comfortable . He will eat when he gets hungry and settles down . Four days is not going to kill him . keep the basters out of his face , instead if you want , put a small glass in front of his burrow , lay it on it's side and leave some mysis in it . Then walk away far enough so he doesn't see you watching him .

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chrisdamage
It's early and no time to panic , just feed your firefish as you normaly would and let the jawfish settle in and get comfortable . He will eat when he gets hungry and settles down . Four days is not going to kill him . keep the basters out of his face , instead if you want , put a small glass in front of his burrow , lay it on it's side and leave some mysis in it . Then walk away far enough so he doesn't see you watching him .

 

 

thats cool, I like that idea... I actually got him to eat live brine today, so thats good... now I'm going to slowly start to mix live brine w/not so live brine and hopefully get him eating prepared foods

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