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Trouble Feeding Black Ghost Knifefish... Need Suggestions/tips

Discussion in 'Oddball's institute' started by simonero, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. Sophie

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    Sad to say that'll change.
     
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    Lol.. sometimes you learn the hard way :D
     
  3. Sophie

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    Lol.. sometimes you learn the hard way :D

    Well sometimes it's easy prevention :p
     
  4. MBOU

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    I think most of the concern over tank size is just because we see time and time again that people take precautions and plan to upgrade and completely underestimate how quick these fish can grow.
     
    That said... I was perfectly happy that you understood how fast they can grow and have considered the future already... though personally I don't see the point in getting a fish that I would get attached to and then have to give away.... but each to their own. I think we have to accept here that we can give our advice and accept the results. People don't have to agree with our advise and it isn't anything personal or anything we can do about. People are allowed their own opinions and some people sadly have to learn the hard way.
     
    I have personally found that really young knife fish that aren't settled only eat when they have a lot of hiding places (at least 3-4 cafes or gaps between wood and rocks etc) and at first, only when lights are out or dim. I also find when starting out that they only really show interest in Bloodworm. They seem more willing to move onto other foods once they have a good appetite for bloodworms going.
     
    I personally don't think training a fish to eat live food is a good idea, it makes them much harder to rehome or house with other fish when you are encouraging them to hunt other fish.
     
    If you need to make sure food is getting to him, give him a hidey hole where you'll he'll be and using a short length of hollow pipe, put it in tank down to his hidey place and drop some defrosted bloodworm down the tube. Target feeding... you can gradually train him to come to the surface to feed from tube so you can see him and check him over each day...
     
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    That'll be a mug of tea and a fried slice then, will it?!

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    (I'm sorry, so sorry; I've been trying to resist making that comment all day, but I just couldn't help myself!)
     
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    My BGK is about a foot long now maybe more, i've had him for about 2 or more years. He eats flakes, shrimp pellets, live guppies, live ghost shrimp, frozen tilpai, frozen whitning, and fresh caught fish from the gulf he loves to eat the cut up fish fillets. I have him in a 75 gallon aquarium and he comes out all the time. Love him but I dont really have any suggestions i just drop food in the tank and he eats it, hes with bichirs so no competition for food.
     
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    Take 1 worm and chop it up into small bits and place it in front of his cave ( you do have a cave for it? ).
     
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     Im afraid we both failed to realize this member probably wont be coming back to this thread haha 
     
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    Bllod worm
     

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