Newly bought Asian Stone Catfish haven't eaten for a week.

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HI Guys,

I hope you can help. So about a week (or more days) back I bought a pair of Asian Stone Catfish from my LFS, and I've put them in my quarantine tank. Considering I read somewhere that they don't like warm water temp, so I turned off my heater. So it's a bare bottom 2.5G tank with a 50W heater and a sponge filter. Now the problem I faced is feeding them. The initial days they were super shy and would hide behind the filter. Later they started showing out in the open. But they wouldn't eat anything I give them. I've tried from dried bloodworms, carnivorous sinking pellets, floating pellets, algae wafers and even small pieces of chicken. I've even turned on the heater to 24C/75F but to no help. I just can't figure out what they'll eat.

If anyone's having any experience with them, your suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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Amazoniantanklvr said:
jinjerJOSH22 I at least think that you have ASC.
Nope again :)

I do own a few more unusual Cats but not ASC :( They're definitely on my to get list.
I'm not sure what to suggest sorry. Try finding out what they were fed on in store.
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jinjerJOSH22 said:
Nope again :)

I do own a few more unusual Cats but not ASC :( They're definitely on my to get list.
I'm not sure what to suggest sorry. Try finding out what they were fed on in store.
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Well the LFS owner told me he feeds them the same carnivore pellets that I tried feeding them with. He also suggested me to try algae wafers, but that didn't work either. I've read somewhere that they feed on live bloodworms, brine shrimps too. But its a bit difficult to get them where I live, mostly because of less demand.
 

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Souv said:
Well the LFS owner told me he feeds them the same carnivore pellets that I tried feeding them with. He also suggested me to try algae wafers, but that didn't work either. I've read somewhere that they feed on live bloodworms, brine shrimps too. But its a bit difficult to get them where I live, mostly because of less demand.
Seriously Fish says it's a nocturnal feeder, have you tried feeding when it gets dark?
 

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I'd give frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp a shot. Mine were most willing to eat frozen foods over dried bloodworms, pellets and such. As soon as I added them to the water I would see them materialize out of nowhere. As said, they are nocturnal (though mine would come out during the day to eat) so it can help to give them foods at night.

Another thing about them is that they like groups. They will be less shy and more willing to come out for food if there is a greater number of them.
 
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jinjerJOSH22 said:
Seriously Fish says it's a nocturnal feeder, have you tried feeding when it gets dark?
Well not exactly, but the food usually stays there for the night before I remove them. I've kept the tank dark, if that helps. I'll try feeding them tonight and see how it goes. Thanks.
 
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Feohw said:
I'd give frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp a shot. Mine were most willing to eat frozen foods over dried bloodworms, pellets and such. As soon as I added them to the water I would see them materialize out of nowhere. As said, they are nocturnal (though mine would come out during the day to eat) so it can help to give them foods at night.

Another thing about them is that they like groups. They will be less shy and more willing to come out for food if there is a greater number of them.
I have dried bloodworms, but they mostly stay afloat at the top. Is there a way to make them sink? Also, when I bought them only two were left, I'll add more once the stock comes again.

But tell me this, I'm planning to move them out of the quarantine tank to a bowl (probably 2G/7-8L) as I've to treat few sick fishes, can I add sand substrate? Also, what can I add for their hiding spot? Rocks, Plants?
 

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Souv said:
I have dried bloodworms, but they mostly stay afloat at the top. Is there a way to make them sink? Also, when I bought them only two were left, I'll add more once the stock comes again.

But tell me this, I'm planning to move them out of the quarantine tank to a bowl (probably 2 gallon/7-8L) as I've to treat few sick fishes, can I add sand substrate? Also, what can I add for their hiding spot? Rocks, Plants?
Dried bloodworms should be soaked in a container of tank water before adding it, then it should sink. But mine liked frozen bloodworms over freeze-dried. But sink them and see how they work anyway.

Does the bowl have a cycled filter and will they be moved to a different tank at some point? You can add sand, rocks, driftwood and plants if you like. Mine liked the driftwood the most as they could blend in. I'd also catch them chilling on the leaves of my anubias at times.
 

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