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How to get sunfish off live food

Discussion in 'General Cold & Temperate Water' started by the loach, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. the loach

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    I recently got a couple of small black banded sunfish but they refuse to take anything else but live mosquito larvae or aquatic pill bugs. They don't want anything frozen, also not frozen mosquito larvae. The seller said he just fed them pellets. Any hints converting them to frozen foods, or even pellets, live food season is going to end here.
     
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    Can you kill the larva right before feeding? Then they will get used to food that isn't moving, and once that happens, should be able to add prepared foods at the same time so they learn to see it as food too.

    Other option is to let them get REALLY hungry. Usually a week is enough for them to decide food is food, wriggling or not. They go longer in the wild without food, so it's not a huge hardship.
     
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    I have been killing the aquatic pill bugs (no longer mosquito larvae here this time of year) so I will have to try your other suggestion.
     

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