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I just recently purchased a bala shark and rainbow shark.  I'm a little
worried becuase when I feed them, they don't seem to notice and I'm
afraid they aren't eating.  How do they know when I put food in the tank?
The rainbow shark hides all the time, so I'm not sure he knows when I put food in the tank.  I've seen the bala shark eat once, but not the rainbow. Are they eating and I just don't notice or should I be doing something special?
Thanks alot.
Reply. Your Bala Shark and your Rainbow Shark should be fed and eat twice a day. You should watch them very carefully to see if they eat.

If they don't eat check them carefully for Signs of Stress and Disease. Click here for more information.

If they do show any Signs of Stress and Disease, immediately give them the six steps of the Recommended Treatment. Click here for more information.

If your Sharks do not show Signs of Stress and Disease but still don't eat here are some things to think about:

1. Are you feeding them the type of food they prefer, and is it fresh? Our Sharks eat floating flake food plus freeze dried blood worms, which are actually dried mosquito larvae, and a few Live Black Worms. We feed big Sharks some pellet food.

2. The temperature in your aquarium may be too low. You must have an aquarium heater. Both of these fish prefer warm water between 78 and 82 degrees F. Warmer water will stimulate your fish's appetite. But 84 degrees is about as high as you should go.

3. Sharks live best in a group of Sharks with at least 6 members.

Your Bala will never be comfortable without at least 5 more Balas Sharks to school with. Your Rainbow Shark would do best with more Rainbows Sharks, but a Rainbow Shark can adjust to being the only Rainbow in your aquarium.

It may take several days to adjust and feel comfortable enough to come out from hiding. You should keep one Rainbow or several but not just a few.

Click here for more information about Bala Sharks, and click here for more about Rainbow Sharks.


Customer Comments

Thanks for your web-site, it is very helpful.  I do have a question concerning feeding my Betta Fish when we are out of town for several days.  I had been under the impression that the roots from the plant took care of the fish, but when I got home with him, I found that I needed to feed him at least twice daily.
Now I have the problem of what to do when leaving him.  He has adapted so well that I would be very sorry to have something happen to him. What to do?  Thanks for your answer.
Augusta GA 30906
Reply. Hi Sybil, fish have a slower metabolism than people do. Going without food for a couple of days is not as difficult for them, as it is for us.

Make sure you give your Betta's water a partial water change before you leave. It's best if you replaced 20% of the water with bottled drinking water each day for at least three days before you leave.

Perhaps you have friends, who you could ask to take care of your Betta while you are gone. Be sure to carefully show that friend how to feed your Betta while you are gone.


Customer Comments

Hi is a great website for fish hobbiest. The site gives hobbiest like me great deal of information about fish.
I have 30-gallon aquarium with 4 angelfish and 4 goldfish, i will be leaving home for a week. What is the best way to leave them and will they be able to survive the whole week without eating.
Thank you,
Arun P.
Reply. Hello Arun. Thank you for your complimentary comments. Your fish should not go a whole week without eating.

Click here now to read the information about feeding your fish, while your gone on vacation.

Your Goldfish will probably do well eating the food from the plaster blocks while you are gone, but the your Angelfish probably won't.

Both your Angelfish and your Goldfish will do well for a week, if you have an automatic feeder.

Click here now to read about the automatic fish feeder.

Teach a Substitute Feeder Person?
Another alternative is to find someone to be the Substitute Feeder Person (SFP), while you're gone. In my experience you will need at least four days to carefully teach that person how to feed your fish.

I have heard many stories about how the SFP fed the fish more than the fish could eat, then the uneaten food polluted the aquarium water, and the fish suffered greatly. So you should train the SFP carefully, before you leave.

Here is a four day training program.

(1)  On the first day you show the SFP exactly how you feed the fish in your aquarium. Include where to find the food.

How to open each container of food. Where to sprinkle the food, and how much to sprinkle.

What to do if the fish do not eat all the food. How to close each container of food.

Where to store the food, so house cats or other people with not tamper with the fish food or move it to a place, where it can't be found.

(2)  On the second day you again feed the fish and encourage the SFP to ask you questions and to help you feed the fish.

Try to follow exactly the same sequence in feeding your fish that you followed on day one. This will help the SFP remember the sequence.

(3)  On the third day let the SFP feed the fish and minimize the help you give the SFP.

If the SFP asks you a question, gently say, "I bet you can remember how to do that." But if the SFP can't remember something, then explain it again.

(4)  On the fourth day before you start, tell the SFP that you are going to be an observer, and you will try not to help or answer questions. After the fish are fed, gently critique the SFP.

You might also write a list of the 5 or 6 steps the SFP would follow when feeding your fish. Leave the list for the SFP to use as a reminder. You know write something like,

(1)  Get the container of fish food from the shelf above the ...
(2)  Twist off the top of the food container and ...
(3)  Put a small pinch of food in the cap of the container ...
(4)  Pour the food in the right-front-corner of the aquarium ...
(5)  If the fish don't eat all the food in 10 minutes, then ...

Even better you might make a brief video tape that shows you explaining how to feed your fish and leave the video tape in your VCR, so the SFP can watch the video as a reminder of how you feed your fish.

This training might sound a little bit rigorous, and you might think that the SFP will not enjoy this training. But I have found just the opposite to be true.

People enjoy being shown how to do something new, but people do not enjoy being given a job without proper training.

Especially when they incorrectly feed the fish, create problems, and the fish get sick.

Incidentally, Angelfish and Goldfish are not compatible tank mates. Angels need warm water in an aquarium with an aquarium heater, and Angels need to eat Tropical Fish Food.

Click here for more about Angelfish.

On he other hand Goldfish need cool water in an aquarium without an aquarium heater. Goldfish must eat Goldfish Food and not eat Tropical Fish Food.

Click here for more information about Fancy Goldfish.

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