Need help with Flowehorn

India
November 28, 2011 6:50pm CST
I have a flower horn and recently it stopped taking fish food(pellets). He is now interested only in live fish. Need help to get him back on pellets.
4 responses
• Indonesia
30 Nov 11
Just give the fish food and don't give him any live fish. But i think if he like live fish, why don't you just give it to him?
• United States
2 Dec 11
Live "feeder fish" are not good for fish to eat all the time. They have too much fat and will cause health problem if given as the only food. It is mch better to give a good quality food that is made for the particular fish and then you should have two or more different kings of good quality foods so that if one is lacking something in the diet, the other should make it up. After all, if you could only eat one kind of food, what woud you eat?
• India
3 Dec 11
@gatlingpeas to get live fish all the time is not possible. Now this is what I have come up with. Catch a large number of small fishes from the near by pond. Sterilize them and keep them in a clean tank. Feed them Flower Horn pellets. Which I am happy to say the local fish find very tasty. Then feed only two 1-2 inch fish to "Ponyo" (my daughter named him that). Seems to work well for the time being. Haven't had to change the air rater for the last two weeks
• United States
30 Nov 11
How old and large is this fish? What size aquarium do you have it in? What are the measurments of amonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH/ How often do you do water changes and how much at each water change? Do you vac the gravel? The answer to your question may be due to the answers (if not the right answer) you give to my questions. It might be due to water quality where the fish has grown too large for the tank and the bacteria cannot keep up with the production of amonia that the fishis giving off as waste products. If you do not do gravel vacing then the left over foods and fish dropings may be decaying under the gravel and causing the water quality to be off. If everything is good with the water quality then let the fish go without food for a few days and thn feed a few fresh pellets (the old pellets may be too lod and he/she does not like them any more. If the tank is large enough, you might be able to put a "friend" in with the flowerhorn. If you do this make sure that the "friend is of the same terpment and size and is eating. I hope that this helps you out andkeep us informed as to what you do and how the fish is acting.
• India
3 Dec 11
He is about 8-9 inches in length, Water in the tank is kept at normal possible level, 3/4 empty and vacuum every Sunday, Friday 2 grains of salt, And Filter changed every Sunday, Have four filters kept dry. Have put several female friends with him but he dosent want any "friends". By the way when I feed him pellets he takes out his anger on the air rater
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
29 Nov 11
i think you will have to starve it then to see if it would get himself to eat the pellets. also do put the pellets one by one if it doesnt eat the one you put in, remove it when it has sogged already. then just put one again after a few minutes. i think they do not really like soggy pellets. hehe :D
• India
29 Nov 11
good idea, but dont you think starving is a bit extreme. I take care of him a lot
@Bit_Bit (12)
29 Nov 11
My father use to have all kinds of fish, he gave them to the school, anyway, your best bet would be to put the flowehorn in a different tank. some people think that there pets stop eating. well believe me , he will eat when he is ready. just keep an eye on the food, feed him, and if the food is still in the tank, don't feed again tell it is gone. try that and see if that will help . have a nice day gkslight.