Angler Stopped Eating

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by Wlachnit, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    My spotted angler which I’ve had about 2y has decided to no longer eat. He’s been eating out of my hand about every 5d or so. It’s been about a month, he’s not interested nor does he throw out his lure. Any thoughts? Or anyone willing to rehab him?

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  2. What's he been eating?
  3. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    was the angler treated with copper recently or two years ago?

    The other day, I had a yellow frogfish eat a pintail wrasse whole... expensive meal but it sure was happy.

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  4. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    No copper as far as I know. He had been eating mostly shrimp.

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  5. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member

    was there a salinity swing? Higher salinity than before has stopped many from eating.

    What kind do you have? Is it like this one.


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  6. Have you tried actual live shrimp?
  7. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    I would try a large water change, IME when critters suddenly stop eating it’s some poison accumulated to a critical level. Maybe check chloramines/RO source...
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  8. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    is that a dead fish?
  9. The other thing that always works is mouth-to-mouth feeding. Take a live silverside in your mouth then pinch just behind the gills on the Wartskin.....
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  10. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    Can you show me some pictures of you doing this so I know how to do it?
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  11. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    Haven’t tried live shrimp. Where do you get yours?

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  12. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    It’s a spotted Angler. Haven’t tested Params.
  13. How big is he?
  14. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Yep on the water change. There’s been anecdotal info that frogfish can be sensitive to high nitrates(and temps).
  15. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    Any updates on the anorexic frogfish?

    @NelsonCh We’re still waiting for an explanation for this photo lol!
  16. NelsonCh

    NelsonCh Supporting Member


    His name is Wilbert and he bit on more than he could swallow. Hes in a better place now.

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  17. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    Still not eating. It looked like he made a half hearted attempt last week it then he gave up.

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  18. Ghost shrimp fed with tongs. That's how mine eats.
  19. Wlachnit

    Wlachnit BOD

    where do you get ghost shrimp?
  20. Most freshwater aquarium stores. I get mine at Petco

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