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Lionfish Pterois sp.; lionfish are adapted to eating small marine fish, not
the feeder goldfish often mistakenly—and tragically—offered them.
locations, and that can be hard to understand since they are all
recruited from the pelagic plankton rafts.
Since many clownfish are tank raised these days, I would advise
getting those whenever possible, as they are generally more hardy
and easier to acclimate to life in a home tank. I would suggest that
you call and complain about the dull color of your clowns. They
may have explanations and suggestions. Although I am an advocate
of patronizing your local fish store, most people I know have had
generally good experiences when dealing with online or mail order
outfits. They want to have happy customers, too. In the meantime, try
some color-enhancing foods on your clownfish. Normally such foods
are rich in carotenoids.
Help! My lionfish stopped eating. I feed it at least two
goldfish a day and some additional ones when friends
want to see it eat. But suddenly it stopped eating.
What should I do?
First, I would stop putting goldfish in his tank. Goldfish
are not a good food for a number of reasons. First,
feeder goldfish are often themselves ailing. Second, these
freshwater animals don’t provide full nutrition for a marine
lionfish. Third, lionfish often die from gut impaction when fed goldfish. If it
is not already too late for your fish, start providing a proper diet. Lionfish
are adapted to eating small fish that have consumed nutritious plankton or
algae, so a better food would be some marine fish, such as silversides. But
feed them sparingly, not more often than three times a week.
You can easily wean your lionfish to dry pellets that may be more
nutritious than many whole fish. Your lionfish will become acclimated
to seizing whatever hits the water. After a day or two of fasting, drop
a pellet in. He will probably take it. You can alternate with fish, and
eventually get a routine in which the fish gets mostly pellets. Live fish
will be a special treat.
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