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New Blue Hippo Tang Wont Eat

Discussion in 'Fish Discussion' started by mjm889, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. mjm889

    mjm889 New Member

    So i placed my new blue hippo tang into my 135 gallon tank with 3 green chormis two perc clowns and one yellow tang. the blue hippo is 5 inches and the yellow tang is 4 inches. The yellow tang leaves him alone but the blue hippo with follow him around but show no signs of fighting. my water is good i tested everyday this week to see if that was the problem. i placed algae sheets in there everyday i tried to feed mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, formula 2, and even tried to put garlic with the food. the other fish are happy because there mowing down all this food. i am worried that if this continues my new blue hippo will be six feet deep. any advice would help, thanks in advance
    salinty 1.021
    amm 0
    nitrate 20
    nitrites 0
    ph 8.4
  2. flower

    flower Active Member


    How long has it been in the tank? With a Hippo you should have quarantined it, they are ich magnets. Allot of fish won't eat the first or second day. If it's swimming around and not hiding it should be fine.
  3. btldreef

    btldreef Moderator Staff Member

    Hippos can take a while (I've seen up to 3-4 weeks) to adjust to their new environment. Do you at least see it picking from the live rock at all?
    As for the algae sheets, how are you introducing them in the tank (clip, tied to rock, etc)?
  4. burrito

    burrito New Member

    might take a while for the fish to get in the new ank i have one and i can take a picture of one here it is it doing fine but it seem to have 1 VERY little white spot on him but no biggy ima just leave it alone lol

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  5. mjm889

    mjm889 New Member

    a little bit of good news. i took some algae sheets and soak them in garlic. placed one underneath a rock the other on a clip. he is finally eating the algae sheets but nothing else at this time. when i come up to the tank he hides behind the rocks. but when i sit down away from the tank he is out and swimming. hopefully he will eat some frozen foods soon.
  6. burrito

    burrito New Member

    he just new leave him alone >.>

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  7. smartorl

    smartorl Guest

    Burrito, isn't there a street you can play in?
  8. flower

    flower Active Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mjm889
    a little bit of good news. i took some algae sheets and soak them in garlic. placed one underneath a rock the other on a clip. he is finally eating the algae sheets but nothing else at this time. when i come up to the tank he hides behind the rocks. but when i sit down away from the tank he is out and swimming. hopefully he will eat some frozen foods soon.

    I have had my Hippo tang going on 5 years and he still hides every time I come near the tank. So sit on a sofa or something and enjoy him at a distance.
  9. mjm889

    mjm889 New Member

    lol that what i do flower thanks
  10. burrito

    burrito New Member

    ya that works too and smartlor lol YOU GO OUT THE STREET...

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  11. mjm889

    mjm889 New Member

    stupid question, will my blue hippo be fine eating algae for now until he starts to eat the other food i have mysis, brine and formula 2. i have been soaking the sheets in vitamins
  12. burrito

    burrito New Member

    vitamin c lol XD

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  13. btldreef

    btldreef Moderator Staff Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mjm889
    stupid question, will my blue hippo be fine eating algae for now until he starts to eat the other food i have mysis, brine and formula 2. i have been soaking the sheets in vitamins
    Yes, as it gets more comfortable it should start to accept meaty foods, but in the mean time, algae will be fine. It needs the algae to keep its immune system intact, so that is more important anyways.
  14. burrito

    burrito New Member

    hmmmmm i dont feed mines that sheet thing i put live rocks in and it seem to eat that lol

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  15. mjm889

    mjm889 New Member

    my blue hippo is eating like a pig when it comes to the algae sheets, still no meaty foods yet
  16. burrito

    burrito New Member

    i dnt think hippo eats meats
  17. btldreef

    btldreef Moderator Staff Member

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mjm889
    my blue hippo is eating like a pig when it comes to the algae sheets, still no meaty foods yet
    Keep offering. If after another two weeks it's still not eating, then you'll have to try some other methods to get it to eat meaty food. Like I said earlier though, the algae is more important. My sailfin tang did not eat meaty foods for almost 6 months and was fat and healthy the whole time, so don't stress. It's not the end of the world if he never eats meaty foods, but the meaty foods do provide nutrition for them, just not as much as the algae.
  18. burrito

    burrito New Member

    i has a teh salfin tang too!!!!!!! :D it 5 inches or i think 4 lol but it big and shiny but it become bigger when i scare it o-o
  19. florida joe

    florida joe New Member

    IMO any fish that will not eat for 4 weeks is a dead fish as was stated he may be grazing on your live rock
  20. burrito

    burrito New Member

    yup my salfin been snipping at my live rock since i putted the live rock in

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