Get that fish to eat

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  1. Deve

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    Hi, I recently purchased an Anthias and am having trouble enticing it to eat. Whenever I'm in the room it gets spooked and hides and isn't interested in food. When I'm not there, I've spied that he is swimming around. I suspect he will eat if he is swimming around and I did check that he was eating at the LFS. I don't have an automatic feeder, any practical suggestions? Its been 3 days and I'm concerned.
     
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    Big G Valuable Member R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Welcome to R2R! Get some black worms from your LFS. Irresistible to most fish.
     
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    approach the tank slowly and don't make any jerky movements, feed a high quality food like LRS Fish Frenzy to get them attracted and make sure you move VERY slow I also think Anthias feel better when there is more than 1 in the tank?
     
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    Live brine can work well to get them feeding as well.
     
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    Live brine, reef nutrition roe, PE calanus, small particle foods that move quickly might help.
     
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    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018 Expert Contributor Partner Member

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    What type of anthias? Many species do better with other outgoing peaceful fish.

    High flow in the top 1/3 of the tank also helps.

    Frozen food fed in high flow elicits a feeding response in most cases.
     
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    its 1 male squre spot- I've been trying frozen mysis
     
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    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Partner Member 2018 Expert Contributor Partner Member

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    With these guys dim lighting helps too.
     
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