Dragon Puffer (Tetraodeon Palembangensis): Feeding

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Dragon Puffer (Tetraodeon Palembangensis): Feeding

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Hi,

Has any Dragon Puffer keeper had any success getting them to accept non-living food. I know they are coming out of the wild having no experience eating anything but live food. I tried for a week offering garlic soaked shrimp and krill and he just lets them bounce off his head and doesn't touch them. If I throw a minnow in, its gone in 15 seconds. He also has not yet gone for a couple of living rams horn snails I offered him.

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Re: Dragon Puffer (Tetraodeon Palembangensis): Feeding

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Have you read this?
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Try live earthworms.
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Re: Dragon Puffer (Tetraodeon Palembangensis): Feeding

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I had a heck of a time getting mine to eat anything other than minnows, but he seems to really love VitaChem. Anything I soak in that he's interested in. So he loves frozen shrimp now!! Good luck!
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Re: Dragon Puffer (Tetraodeon Palembangensis): Feeding

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Thanks, that is helpful, I will give that a try. Besides the minnows, I was expecting him to want to eat snails, but so far doesn't seem interested. Does yours eat snails?

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Re: Dragon Puffer (Tetraodeon Palembangensis): Feeding

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I'm sorry - I don't have a Dragon; I have a Congo, which is related :) but mine does occasionally does suck snails off the glass. My Congo would only eat minnows - I tried earthworms and he was terrified of them! He refused anything soaked in garlic, shelled mussels, two types of raw shrimp, and shelled clams, and will only eat peeled shrimp if it's soaked in VitaChem. He also doesn't like anything dangly off his food - he tries to "blow" it away from his face and won't touch it. It took us a month and a half to get him to eat ANYTHING other than fish! Be patient and keep trying! We were at our wit's end! But the VitaChem was a lifesaver for us - it might work for you!
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