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How much to feed my Petenia splendida.

3 years 8 months ago #35618 by scubadiver
I would also think that the more he sees live fish as his source of food the more interested in live fish he will be.

That being said I think Chef Jimmy had the right idea when he said, "if there is something in the tank that will fit in his mouth, he will eat it sooner or later".

See that Chef Jimmy your being quoted and all -

As for getting rid of him larger fish are always interesting to find homes for.-You could bring him to the next Swap and try to get rid of him on the donation table, there are enough people there with huge tanks and experience with these guys that someone should hopefully take him.

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3 years 8 months ago #35605 by Meier
That is my biggest fear is him getting some of my smaller fish. That was the reason I went with the goldfish. I think maybe the wise thing to do is to find someone to take him. No more goldfish if I do keep him. I appreciate the recommendations.

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3 years 8 months ago #35603 by chefjimmy
if it were me, id never throw another goldfish in there. 50/50 dont want to feed goldfish(bacteria), and i dont want him to win. i bet he could go a couple weeks maybe a month. when hes hungry he will eat. if a flake fell on the tip of my nose, i dont believe id eat it either. if your feeding him goldfish, hes just waiting for the next goldfish to come along, a belly full of goldfish will last him a week.

again, he wont die from starvation, may die from bacteria, or other illinesses, but not starvation. if there is something in the tank that will fit in his mouth, he will eat it sooner or later. keeping him full will not deter that.

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3 years 8 months ago #35602 by Meier
I am certain if I go smaller the remaining fish in the tank will eat everything. My balas can almost eat the large ones. Parrots are close too. The new guy is by far the biggest fish in the tank. I just held up a tape measure as he swam by the front of the tank. He's more like 12 inches. Are you concerned the pellets may be too large? He could probably easily get my thumb in his mouth. "sinking nls"? Sticks? He has been here about a month. No where near as timid as when he first got here but makes no move towards any other food. Flakes or crisps can sink right in front of his mouth, bounce off his face, and he doesn't even pull one in and spit it out. So you are saying, stay with pellets (possibly smaller - possibly sinking?) and eventually he will eat? Going a week without food is no big deal? At what point do I say "man he's gonna die", and throw in a goldfish? Thanks in advance.

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3 years 8 months ago #35600 by chefjimmy
try some massivore, or what ever their smaller pellet is. he will not starve to death. i had plenty off snooks, and fed them sinking nls. he is just stuck in his ways. how new is he to the tank.

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3 years 8 months ago #35598 by Meier
I am aware of the disease risk, but I felt sorry for him not eating for so long and read on this site that he'll eat them. (very eagerly)

Tetra Min large flakes, Tetra Color Crisps (those 2 are the staples in my tank for everyone), Hikari Cichlid floating pellets (tinfoils get most of them - I was hoping they were big enough the tinfoils wouldn't eat them, but they do - if I put in enough so they stop eating, the petenia still won't touch), Omega One freeze dried blood worms as a treat every now and then, and frozen brine shrimp. Also put in the occasional Hikari algae wafer for the pleco.

Like I said, my tinfoils are very aggressive when anything hits the water. Water splashes out of my tank at feeding time. The petenia stays back and does nothing.

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3 years 8 months ago #35597 by scubadiver
I would work on getting him off feeders asap since they can carry disease.

What kind of dry food or frozen food have you tried?

Whats the brand have you tried floating and sinking pellets and what size?

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3 years 8 months ago #35595 by Meier
I joined your web site because it was the one where I identified my Petenia splendida and you guys are obviously Cichlid knowledgeable. Short background....I used to have a good size tank of African Cichlids years ago(25), so am familiar with them. Even had some breeding. Over the years I have always had one or multiple tanks, Currently have a 180 Gal with large fish, tinfoils, balas, parrots, couple SA cichlids, loaches, and a pleco. About a month ago, I took a Petenia splendida from a pet store that someone had surrendered. It is at least 10 inches long. Pet store guy told me "he'll eat anything". I have tried everything. He looks like he is interested, but surprisingly he is pretty timid in my tank come feeding time and never goes for the food. Unless I put in feeder fish. Then he gets very aggressive and so far eats whatever I put in very fast. 6 at a time, but that's not feeding him daily. So I set up a smaller tank and stocked with feeders. So now, I have no idea how many I should feed on a daily basis. I have read that he should get a mixed diet, but he won't touch anything but feeders. I have let him go a week without eating anything. But I get worried he'll eat some of my smaller fish (based on the article I read on this site about this species). Advice appreciated.

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