I got a pair of Lemon Drop Gobby that dose not want to eate


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I have no idea how to make my fish to eat. I try everything that I know I have
  • frozen cyclopod,
  • frozen mysis and shrimp
  • Jumbo kirill,
  • New life spectrum pallets,
  • 3 types of flakes,
  • live brine shrimp,
and they don't want to eat them. I even drop the food with a turkey baster in front of them and nothing what can I do at this point?
They swim around with no issues from my other fishes.

Any ideas is what else I can do. I really don't want them to die but they are becoming skinnier and skinnier.


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New fish some times take a few days to adjust to your tank and start eating. When buying at a fish store, I always ask to see them feed the tank to see if the fish has already acclimated to tank life. Good to know what the store is feeding too so you can match it. Dont overfeed your tank trying to feed the new fish.


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It's already been in my tank for 4 weeks almost. But they are getting way to skinny... I got them from somebody he said he had them for 4 weeks before I got them, and he had to give them away cuz his clowns ware attacking them. They ware in a better shape when I got them now they got skinny.


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Never heard of a lemon drop Goby.
Yellow Goby maybe?
Lemon Drop Cardinal?
It does matter, since diets are different.

Yellow Gobies are planktivores, and I think they have the feeding habits of Anthias.
So you might want to search online on optimal Anthias feeding.

I would suggest a bottle of live copeopods. Tiger pods or such.

Also key : Frequent small feedings.
At least 2 times per day, more is better.

The frozen brine should have worked though.
Did you fully thaw them in tank water, and rinse a bit.


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Ok, Citrus Goby.
Not supposed to be a particularly difficult fish.
But I am not really that surprised they ignored the pellets and flakes.

It is sometimes hard to watch a fish eating. They do not always rush in to eat.
They will eventually, after being "trained" in an aquarium, but not fresh caught ones.

My suggestion:
1) Live copepods.
2) If small, like < 3/4 inch, mush up the frozen mysis a bit, thaw well.
Do that in small amounts, 2 times/day, for a few weeks.

* Do not overfeed and pollute your tank with excess nutrients.