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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Just got a Fahaka Puff, curious about eating habits

I have a 72 Gallon Bowfront, I'll need to upgrade soon after getting a Nile Puff (they think he is about 1 year old as he is 5 inches long.

For a year I had 4 Columbian Puffers and a bunch of other fish (15). Just two days ago I traded those back to the fish store as I wanted to get a bigger fish and really wanted to stick with a puffer (if my apartment was bigger I wish I could have just bought another tank but I had to choose, felt like I was selling the other little guys out).

My question is; will this guy just naturally take to frozen/already dead food? I had a some snails and he ate those already but has no/or limited interest is the frozen food sitting right by him. The 4 columbian puffs would come right up to the top and eat from my hand (though thinking back this might not have been immediate). Should I do anything? I have tried frozen brine and blood worms, another food option? Also, I am assuming he will start to come to the top or beg for food but it might take a little more trust if this guy is intellegent.

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I would suspect that once given time to settle in he will become much more social with you. For the first few days I would suggest just feeding him what will eat, so he can settle into his new home better. Once he is adjusted you can try offering new foods. Also blood worms are pretty expensive. For larger fish, or when he gets larger, it is a better option to move up to shrimp or prawns. I prefer to use cocktail or jumbo shrimp from the grocery store and just chop them up. The cost per pound is cheaper then the stuff actually sold for fish and you can always eat it too if you want . Likewise raw fish and bait worms are other good options for larger fish. ATM some small live worms cut up would probably be the most enticing. The general rule is if they won't accept prepared food try frozen, if they won't except frozen try live.

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