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Who are you calling fat?

Postby J-P on Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:48 pm

Try as I might, I feed for 3 little SAPs. One of them has a serious eating disorder and will eat for 4. That is the way it is here.. 1 eats all the food, the second gets some and the third (smallest) gets almost none.

I started with some snails and 2 ate.. the little guy didn't. Then I went to shrimp. The same situation; 2 ate the little guy didn't. So finally (because the little guy was seriously thin) I gave them some blood worms. They all ate!

Short of separating them I don't know how to break that pecking order. Anyway.. for future SAP keepers.. here is what you may or may not be dealing with:

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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby xrayjeeper83 on Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:11 pm

haha he looks happy
RTR wrote:Fahakas do not have tank mates, they may have swimming food reserves.
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby Pufferpunk on Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:35 am

There's a 12-step program for that. ;)
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby Flutter on Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:57 am

Have this problem with the irrubescos. The male is the most aggressive and is a pig. I make sure they all eat by dropping food in 2 areas of the tank and they're out of sight of each other. The little female is smart and she goes to the second spot. The other females compete with the male well and then go join the little female once there's not enough at the first spot. The male stays at the first spot. Also, when I feed them I have all of my food and supplies ready at the tank. I drop it in almost all at once and the male simply can't monopolize it all.

This doesn't work as well with live shrimp as he is a fabulous hunter.
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby RTR on Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:32 am

For the SAPs, I did the major snail feeding into the back half of the tank (heavily planted) after the lights were off and the puffers asleep. Then everybody has to hunt for snails - hunting acuity may just trump dominance. Or again, it may not. But it is worth a try.
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby J-P on Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:06 pm

Pufferpunk wrote:There's a 12-step program for that. ;)


LOL!!! yes, apparently we're both to attend our own.
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby J-P on Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:09 pm

RTR wrote:For the SAPs, I did the major snail feeding into the back half of the tank (heavily planted) after the lights were off and the puffers asleep. Then everybody has to hunt for snails - hunting acuity may just trump dominance. Or again, it may not. But it is worth a try.


I will definitely give it a try. It just might work, possibly better than segregation. On the subject but a slight derailment... As we are planning on moving, I do have a 90 handy that I was hoping to set up as a SW tank but I am torn between that and giving these 3 little guys that tank. I don't think chasing them around the 210 is going to be an option. Tried that once.. epic failure.
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby hadla on Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:21 pm

lol at his buck teeth
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby J-P on Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:24 pm

I know... and those are a good set :) They grow quite quickly!
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby RTR on Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:51 am

Yup, SAPs have the fastest growing incisors of any that I have kept.

The older I get, the less willing I am to move fish. Most go directly into their permanent home immediately, or at least straight from QT.

But it does mean that my tanks do not change much or often.
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Re: Who are you calling fat?

Postby Jacks974 on Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:53 am

That is a chubby thing. Same eating habits for my 3. Definitely one that could eat for all three if given the opportunity.
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