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Hello new fish owner here! I’ve recently noticed that my black moor takes a very long time to eat his food. After he picks up food, there would be a moment of pause, slight movements in his fins, but he’s pretty much standing still apart from his little mouth moving to chee the food. He stands upright; doesn’t float to the top or lies on his side.

With a pinch of flakes, which I drop right down the bottom, he would pause for about 5 minutes after eating. But with pellets (2 (floating) pellets of diameter 1mm- he eats both at once), he pauses for 40-50 minutes. I’ve tried feeding just 1 pellet but he still takes about 20 minutes.

After that, he’s back to swimming as normal and digging up the gravel to find more food.

Is this normal?

 

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I haven't seen a fish take that long to eat before, what type of food are you feeding? Are you able to fill out this form, it will help us to determine if there is anything else going on.

 

Test Results for the Following:

 Ammonia Level(Tank)

 Nitrite Level(Tank)

 Nitrate level(Tank)

 Ammonia Level(Tap)

 Nitrite Level(Tap)

 Nitrate level(Tap)

 Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

 Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)

Other Required Info:

 Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?

 Water temperature?

 Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

 What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?

 How often do you change the water and how much?

 How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change?

 How many fish in the tank and their size?

 What kind of water additives or conditioners?

 What do you feed your fish and how often?

 Any new fish added to the tank?

 Any medications added to the tank?

 List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank.Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment.

 Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

 Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

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Thanks so much for replying.

Test Results for the Following:

 I’ve only had my black moor for a week and I’ve ordered the API freshwater test kit but it hasn’t arrived.

Water temperature?

I don’t have a thermometer for the tank at the moment but it’s roughly room temp, which is about 16C. Although it does get a little colder in the evening/night because winter season.

Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?

Tank size is currently 20L (5g I think). I know the tank is too small but my house is pretty small so I’m tight on space. The tank currently sits on my desk.

What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?

I got the kmart aquarium kit, using the provided aquarium pump with filter (adjustable).

Filter details:

Power source: Input: 220-240VAC, Watt: 2W, Current: 15mA, Flow rate: 200L/H

Dimensions/Size: 15cm (L) x 5cm (H) x 6.4cm (W)

How often do you change the water and how much? What kind of water additives or conditioners?

I’m using Seachem Stability and have been following the instructions provided by the bottle (initial amount and adding in 1/4 cap for the next 7 days). I just finished the recommended cycle yesterday so I haven’t done any water change. I’m also using Marine Master Water Ager to dechlorinate the water.

How many fish in the tank and their size?

One black moor about 5cm (2 inches)

What do you feed your fish and how often?

 

Twice a day, alternating between Flakes (1 pinch) and floating pellets (1-2 pellets), and once a week of blanched spinach.

Any medications added to the tank?

No

Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus?

Not that I can see

Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.?

In the morning when I wake up, I’d notice my black moor still at the bottom of the tank. I assume that he’s sleeping since throughout the day, he is actively swimming and looking for food. Apart from when he actually eats, he would take long pauses (as discussed above).

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do not feed flake foods at all. If you must feed a dry food get a good small sinking pellet. Demekin fish like yours do not see well so it will take longer to find its food. Please upgrade that tank to a minimum of a 20 gallon long,  Your tank is way too small and you will have water quality issues that will impact the fish

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In my experience, some goldfish just do some odd things when eating for some unknown reason. I had a common years ago that would wobble when he was chewing but otherwise swam completely normally. Some fish get lazy after eating too, in the same way us humans often do.

It might be worth trying him with gel food and seeing how he gets on with it.

I also agree that his tank size will eventually have a negative impact on him. If you have a garden a small container pond might be an option or storage tubs work too if you can find the space. :)

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