feeding fuzzy dwarf

Discussion in 'Lionfish' started by juice303, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. juice303Valued MemberMember

    hello, I just got a fuzzy dwraf today and was looking for cheap ways to feed them the lfs had been feeding them baby damsels.any ideas or experience would help alot thanks.
  2. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    They didn't feed him any frozen or pellet?

    You could try feeding him mollies. If the LFS didn't feed him frozen/pellet that probably means that he hadn't been eating well. I would also try frozen krill. That's what mine always would eat. I also had mine eating freeze dried krill.
  3. OP

    juice303Valued MemberMember

    I'll try it out. They said they the other fish in the tank were eating brine shrimp but the lion would never go after it. They had him for almost 2 months.

  4. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    Well no kidding he wouldn't go for brine. Were exactly did you get him, this store is starting to sound worst than most big chain stores. If they were feeding him live damsels then obviously he wouldn't eat tiny brine. I don't remember my lions ever eating brine. Frozen krill is about the right size, if I were you I wouldn't buy from this store again.

  5. cm11599ps

    cm11599psWell Known MemberMember

    That's why you should look into things before making purchases. If a lfs can't get the fish to eat anything other than live fish, what makes you think that you can?

    If you knew the fish was at the store for two months and knew it was eating only live fish then why did you purchase it?

    Two months is a long time for a fish to be in a store. Obviously other people were scared off because of the diet of the fish.
  6. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Let's remember not to be harsh.
    Many of us have gone to a fish store and bought something on impulse or against the advice of others.
  7. Stang Man

    Stang ManWell Known MemberMember

    I would suggest guppies for feeding, most do not like other than live foods you also may want to try ghost shrimp.
  8. OP

    juice303Valued MemberMember

    Once again 11599 your comments are NOT at all helpfull so just don't reply.
    Thanks to everyone else I got some frozen krill I will try to feed him soon. Was going to try to feed him the other day but he ate my shrimp.
  9. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    You really should be feeding him daily. Especially since he's not eating well. He will probably starve if you don't get him to eat soon.
  10. OP

    juice303Valued MemberMember

    He's probably the opposite of starving. I got him last week and he's already eaten a goldfish and a peperment shrimp. But thanks for the frozen krill idea
  11. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Guppies would be a good idea. Try to avoid feeder goldfish. They are very poorly cared for, this causes to be more likely to carry diseases and they are also not as nutritious. You could try raising your own guppies to feed him :D
  12. Stang Man

    Stang ManWell Known MemberMember

    Not only that but they are a fatty fish and are harmful to salt water fish if given daily, as for feeding daily from previous post that is not needed for all fish I don't believe in feeding fish 3 times a day nor once a day. All fish in the wild either salt or fresh have to search for food daily sometimes they get lucky most of the time they eat once a week depending on the fish and it's surroundings. I feed my salties every other day and sometimes every third day. feeding fish all the time is not there proper diet in the wild...
  13. cm11599ps

    cm11599psWell Known MemberMember

    Why are you so defensive? I'm trying to help.

    Going to the store, purchasing livestock and then trying to learn about that livestock is the wrong way to go about things. You have already commented you are on a limited budget. You then go and purchase a lionfish which are notorious for only eating live food. Live food means expensive food.

    Most of the other comments are trying to put a band aid on your situation. I'm trying to get you to PREVENT that situation in the first place. If a number of people on this board are telling you something, but your LFS is telling you something else then who should you trust? The board members who are only trying to help save you headaches, money and livestock or the LFS who is trying to take your money?

    Nothing good happens quickly in a saltwater tank. Your best course of action is to research things and plan out exactly what you want to keep. Just going to the store and purchasing something pretty is not good. Just because it's pretty doesn't mean it's correct for your tank. It could get too big for your tank, be too aggressive for your tank or even eat other tank mates as exampled with your peppermint shrimp.
  14. Sharkdude

    SharkdudeWell Known MemberMember

    Depending on how big it is you should only feed every other day at most as they have very slow digestive tracts. I agree that you should avoid ay kind of freshwater feeders as they will cause "fatty liver disease". I will also say that krill have been linked to attributing to lock jaw in lions so that should be avoided as well.

    The cheapest food I can think of that is good for your Lion is raw shrimp from your grocers freezer. Pick a size your lion can easily eat. You could also in the mean time do everything to get it to eat pellets.

    I got some very useful advise from a LFS owner on how to effectively train a lion to eat prepared food. It starts in the QT, typically a lot smaller than the intended DT. with the lion being the only fish in there, you should feed small amounts of pellets close to the lion, I squirted them in with a a baster. Once it realizes that its food he'll start eating it, you then increase the amount given. Then you only need to feed SW flesh or crustation flesh once a week.

    I got my new lion to eat NLS Thera+A in a day doing this.
  15. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    I meant try every day until he starts actually eating for you.
  16. OP

    juice303Valued MemberMember

    Thanks for all the info, no more goldfish. I'm planning on feeding him every 3 days. I will update on weather or not he will eat frozen.
  17. Stang Man

    Stang ManWell Known MemberMember

    Good luck on frozen they will not take it unless they are very hungry, that type fish will gorge till it can't gorge no more as long as it has the chance to, best way to keep these fish is to give them a size such as guppy and don't try to feed like I said every three day's, this is enough for that species to hold enough energy that this fish needs, keep in mind they are dwarfs, feed live food at a controled portion then that type fish will live longer.

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