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Post Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 8:40 am   Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Hi, I got my hatchling RES a week back. It has a shell length of 2 inches. I give it 1-2 pellets per day as well as a few vegetables like tomato or lettuce occasionally. It eats these. I got 4 baby fighter fish( that was the smallest available at the shop) for it. But it doesn't eat them. So I put them in the 20 gallon tank along with the RES. I saw it chase after them sometimes but they swim away. So I took one out and gave it to the RES separately in a shallow bowl. It just ignores the fish.
I also got some earthworms for it to eat but it was not interested in that too.
Plz help. Any suggestions are welcome.
This is my first time with an RES
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:16 am   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Try holding the fish by the tail and let it wiggle in front of your turtle. HOWEVER, I don't know if fighter fish is good for your turtle.
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:55 pm   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Thank you so much Steve for replying. I have tried holding out some vegetables and even the earthworm. But it doesn't try to bite it. :(
It also doesn't eat anything when put in a different feeding bowl. However it eats when I put the food in the aquarium. So have been doing that for a week now. But that leads to the water getting dirty really fast. Any suggestions ?
Thanks once again ! Greatly appreciate your help. :D
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Post Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:38 pm   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Start with treats in the feeding container, until he associates that with food. You could also just skip it, hatchling RES need some more time to adjust. You will need a larger tank and better filter soon.
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Post Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:49 am   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Alright will definitely try it. Thank u so much Steve, once again u have been a great help :)
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Post Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:34 am   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Glad to be here!
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Post Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:41 pm   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Hi Steve.. should I kill one fish and put it in the tank for him to eat ? Do u think that's advisable ?
Because I see him following the fish and trying to eat it.
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Post Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 10:02 am   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Yes, you can try that.
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:26 pm   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Hi Steve. Just an update on Nanji ( my RES ), he ate two of the fish of the original four.
I'm giving him lettuce or some greens everyday plus 2-3 pellets for protein.
Is that enough? I have also tried giving him a treat such as tomatoes or banana just once in a month.
Thanks for all your help!
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:11 pm   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Sounds good though he could probably get some more pellets, depending on the size of it.
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Post Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 6:43 am   Re: Hatching RES not eating baby fish

Okay. Thank u so much ! :D
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