My Blue Lips hides behind the rocks when it is time to eat. He shows zero interest in pellets. The only thing he seems to like are algae wafers. All of my other fish attack their food except him. Has anybody else experienced something similar?
My experience has been that when they get hungry enough, they will eat. I have a female Astatatalapia Latisfasciata that hid for over a month, did not eat and was not holding, one day she got over it and is now the first to the surface at feeding time.
I picked up some veggie rounds which seem to be a more complete diet. I just toss one of those in when feeding pellets to the other hungry little vacuum cleaners, and he feeds off of that while they eat their pellets. He shows zero interest in the pellets.
He was added about 3 months ago with 3 others. He just never showed an interest in pellets when all the others were eating. He would even swim past a pellet on a rare occasion when one made it all the way to the bottom of the tank. After a few days of watching him not eat a thing, I picked up some algae wafers and he went crazy over them. I have since purchased some veggie rounds since it seemed like a more complete diet since all my fish loved the wafers. I wanted to make sure that my haps and peacocks were getting proper nutrition. I have since added Repashy Soilent Green to their diet as well. Everybody still gets pellets each morning, but I supplement with a veggie round or some Repashy just to make sure the Blue Lips gets some food. I don't mind, whatever it takes to make sure they are all fed and happy.