Need Help: Female 6 month old cuttle won't eat

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  1. Kerrick

    Kerrick GPO Registered

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    Hey guys,

    My female hasnt eaten in going on 2 days. She trys and I can tell she is hungry but when I put in frozen or live food... She cannot hit it with her feeding tenticles. she allways misses.

    I have heard and read that high magnesium levels can cause this. I have not tested mag but I don't do water changes often so This shouldnt be a big problem.


    Anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kerrick

    Kerrick GPO Registered

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    Ok, she finally took a frozen white shrimp. She bum rushed it while I was blowing it with a turkey baster. I threw about 8 ghost shrimp in there with her. She struck at all of them but she is shooting up and to the left with her feeding tenticles.


    I don't know what to do. I adjusted the flow on my return and that seemed to make her more active. Not enough O2?


    Nitrates 0
    Ammonia, trites 0
    8.3ph
    1.025 salinity
    phosphates... like 2.0 ppm


    I am starting to wonder if I have a rock in the tank that was in a tank treated with Copper( or something... hell I don't know).
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    How do you think her vision is doing? It kind of seems like maybe she is losing her sight, or just has bad eyesight.
     
  4. Kerrick

    Kerrick GPO Registered

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    That was what I was thinking. But she sees things from a good distance. She doesn't bump into anything. Knows me and comes to the glass.

    Its gotta be her eyesight because when she missed a shrimp and grabbed a polyp she had no trouble pulling herself to it with the feeding tenticles.


    She also doesn't swim alot. She just crawls. Most of my females didnt swim alot once they got past 4 months.

    Any ideas? I am going to start feeding her the much larger white shrimp. I may get her a peppermint shrimp every once in a while and see if she'll take that down....


    The funny thing is she caught like 3 fish in the last three weeks... Those things are quick! I can't see how she can catch them and not the ghost/shore shrimp.
     
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    Well... She has started swimming around more. She strikes and hits larger things like half of a white shrimp but she cant seem to hold onto it. I will be watching her but I don't know how much I can do for her. I am going to start feeding her in the day cause she seems to have better luck then which leads me to think it is her eyesight.
     

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