View Full Version : Spotted needlefish feeding

01-30-2008, 07:02 PM
I recently bought a spotted needlefish, pretty much the same thing as a needlefish except appearently they grow a bit longer (56cm). He will not eat anything. The fish store told me that they have been feeding them rosy reds. I dont have anything against feeding fish feeders but I think it would be very practical to train the needlefish to eat prepared foods. Does anyone know how to do that?

01-30-2008, 07:21 PM
I had a needlenose, and it's really hard to get them to eat anything not live I've found. Eventually, we got ours to go after sinking carnivore pellets. Unfortunatly, with the way they get their food, it was really had for him to catch the pellets. We just kept him on feeder guppies.

01-30-2008, 07:24 PM
They are extremely picky eaters. Setup a quarentine and run feeders.

01-30-2008, 08:02 PM
I think I might get an other small tank for the feeders. How big should it be, 5, 10 gallons?

01-30-2008, 08:06 PM
Well, that depends on how many feeders you're going to keep at a time. You should definatly look into breeding some of the easier feeders. Eventually, you'll be able to feed your needlenose all home grown fish, and you'll be certian to introduce no lfs disease. Do some research, maybe even post a new thread in here regarding what's easiest to breed. Then buy your tank to meet those needs.

The common rule of thumb is to quarantine feeders for an entire month before feeding. I never did, but that's definatly the safest way to do it. With all the waiting, it would probably be easier for you to just breed them.

01-30-2008, 08:09 PM
I'll definately look into that, thanks for the idea. Unfortunately Im going to have to just buy a feeder or two and drop them into the tank soon. I've had him for three days and I havent fed him.

01-30-2008, 08:49 PM
Depending on the size of the feeders, you may want more than that. My Needlenose was probably about 5-6" long, but he would gulp down like 4 guppies. Granted, they were really small. It'll take you awhile to get a breeder tank established, but remember, you still need to cycle a quarintine tank as well. You'll pretty much be stuck feeding it feeders for awhile. Just do your best to try to get them from a store where they aren't packed gill to gill. Also, try to ensure the water they come from isn't cloudy. This may be hard, as most fish stores will pack the feeders in like crazy... When you get home, try to screen the ones you put in your tank. Remove any that are dead, and if any are visably sick, you would be better cutting your $2.00 loss and not putting any of them in.

01-30-2008, 10:25 PM
When I bought my needlefish the guy who helped me showed me their feeder tank. It wasnt too packed, but they were a dollar each unless you buy more than 10 and when you buy more than 10 they're 16c each. Would it be a good idea to buy 10 and put them in the same tank as the needlefish until I get the other tank setup?

01-30-2008, 10:30 PM
hopefully they have no parasites on them. I would recommend looking at the feeders very carefully before you buy them. Get a 10 gallon cycled and put feeders in there. You can use like an aquaclear 30 for the tank. Even a 20 would work. Small amount of gravel. Place a bunch of feeders in there and hope they breed fast enough to produce enough feeders. Only problem with 20 is needlenoses eating habits and how many he will eat aday. It may be hard to keep up your feeder levels.

01-30-2008, 10:37 PM
Thanks a lot... I guess you can never have too many tanks.

01-31-2008, 01:00 AM
i trained mine to frozen food, i just dangled it by him and he took it

02-01-2008, 09:46 PM
I'm affraid I'll lose a finger or something. Should I try with one of them grabber things of he starts eyeballing my finger tips?

02-01-2008, 09:53 PM
I don't think a needlefish could bite your finger off. Might cut you up pretty bad though, you could try the grabber things I've seen people use them.