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ewurm
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)22:43    Post subject: Native fish diet problem Reply with quote

I am stocking Darters and Shiners in a 5 gal acrylic. They are wild-caught. They so far are not accepting flakes, blood worms, or brine shrimp. Native diet is mostly insect larvae, tiny crayfish and snails. I have introduced native snails to see if that helps. Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: 2005.05.15(Sun)22:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's really a stumper.

Chunks of night crawlers and bread balls?

If you have a close LFS that sells reptiles, they probably sell crickets, which might work out for you.

As far as standard aquarium foods go, you might try frozen blood worms.

(How big are darters anyway?)
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PostPosted: 2005.05.16(Mon)0:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darters reach up to 3" but are fairly slender with small terminal mouths. I am considering purchasing live foods from lsf but crickets would be way too big.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.16(Mon)0:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

just saw the thing about the bloodworms...sorry about that....

How long have you had them?

Another thing you might want to look at is stress causing them to not eat. Obviously, wild caughts are much more stressed by the mere presence of we bipeds, so maybe you might want to cover the tank with a cloth or something before, during and for a short spell after when feeding (while leaving the lights on).
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PostPosted: 2005.05.16(Mon)0:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

caught them today...put in a pre-cycled tank...
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PostPosted: 2005.05.16(Mon)7:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

have you tried ants? if you live in the southern us, fire ants would be an easy, small-sized food to collect (carefully), and you'd be doing everybody a favor by feeding them to your fish. just a thought
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PostPosted: 2005.05.17(Tue)7:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have the answer to your question, but you will probably find what you need from the North American Native Fish Association.

You should probably get a larger tank for them too.
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PostPosted: 2005.05.17(Tue)8:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

give them time and they will eat baby brine shrimp eagerly.
In time you can train them onto flake.

I have never had a problem with darters. After abot a week they start to fly at any soft foods.
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