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Posted 04 April 2010 - 10:59 PM

I got a central mudminnow a while back from BTDarters and I have yet to see it eat. I've offered it frozen blood worms and brine shrimp as well as flake and still nothing. Of course all of the lfs around me don't have feeder guppies I could get for it. Brian from BTDarters suggested ordering live black worms but I haven't done that yet. What do you guys think I should do?

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Posted 04 April 2010 - 11:26 PM

I had one years ago. It would hang out in the top front corner of the tank. It would eat a pinch of flakes from my fingers.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 03:45 AM

Corban,

I don't often see my mudminnows eat. I just know that they are because they don't get skinny and waste away. Another thing that you could try offering them is live brine shrimp. Aquatics Unlimited on south Hwy. 100 in Greenfield sells live brine shrimp and live blackworms. You could get those there if you didn't want to order on-line. Aquatics Unlimited's website is: http://www.bestfish.com.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 08:03 AM

mine are hesitant to take prepared foods but will sometimes. I culture whiteworms, grindal worms nad earthworms. They relish all of these. I always see them eat. In fact the larger mudminnows will go toe to toe with the longears in the tank for a juicy piece of earthworm.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 08:28 AM

How big is the fish?
I've trained all of my mudminnows the same way I trained Pirate perch to eat. I place a small piece of raw, market shrimp on a vinyl covered wire (used to secure childrens toys) and wiggle it. Once they get the hang of this, you can start tossing shrimp pieces in the tank and make sure they eat it. Before long, they will eat sinking or neutral pellets. Mudminnows are more easily converted to prepared than Pirate Perch in my opinion.

With any food training, it's very important to stick to the schedule and not revert back to live.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 12:19 PM

The mudminnows I got from Jan were eating frozen bloodworms since day one. It's odd how one fish can varry from tank to tank like this.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 08:14 PM

Two words - garden worms.
Don't use red wigglers from bait stores though.

They really go nuts for scuds if you can get some.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 07:42 PM

Two words - garden worms.
Don't use red wigglers from bait stores though.

They really go nuts for scuds if you can get some.


Ok, I'll try some earthworms.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 09:13 PM

Why not worms from bait stores? I've done that before without apparent ill effect, but never in huge quantities.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 10:12 AM

Why not worms from bait stores? I've done that before without apparent ill effect, but never in huge quantities.


The red wigglers are a different species [or at least different something] from the true angle or garden worm. Urban Myth in the herp community is animals have died from eating them. I've never confirmed that but have confirmed they are at least distasteful if not down right toxic. Although some greedy species gulp them down, I've had herps and fish spit them out. I don't even think they work well as bait.
Not all bait worms are red wigglers. Sometimes it says on the package what they are but many silly regional names can be confusing.
Dig 'em yourself in your garden or compost and they'll be good. I think the wigglers come from manure.

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Posted 15 May 2010 - 09:09 AM

I tried to stick a small earth worm on the end of a straightened out paper clip and got no reaction. Even though I was dangling it in front of the mudminnow's face. I think I might get some guppies so that he can eat the fry they drop.

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Posted 30 May 2010 - 09:27 AM

I finally got him eating... Live feeder guppies did the trick.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:51 PM

central mudminnows are strange when introduced to a new inviornment but adapt very well

Edited by GreatLakesAquatics, 05 July 2012 - 07:54 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

ok I can help you with this. Umbra Limi (central mudminnows) will starve and not accept food that is`nt moving. They are very similar to pike. i would buy a bucks worth of feeder guppies . They feed by being induced to strike. They will also eat your frozen bloodworms and your brine shimp but when they see no pray anywhere they will begin to starve. When tadpoles or small fish are introduced they will accept your food in conjunction. I feed flaked only until breeding time then switch to frozen bloodworms.
you can see how healthy they are.

Edited by GreatLakesAquatics, 05 July 2012 - 07:55 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:47 PM

every one i have ever had will quickly learn to eat frozen foods if i keep another fish of similar size with it, given that the other fish eats frozen foods. i have had a lot of success, and am thus a strong believer, in the "monkey see monkey do" method.



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