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Coal Grunter Feeding/Tank Mates

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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased an 18cm Coal Grunter that I have put in my 4'x15"x18" tank (upgrading to a 4'x2"x2" sometime in the new year).  I've tried feeding him a selection of protein pellets from the same shop that I purchased him from and have also tried feeding Hikari Carnivore Food Sticks and he won't eat any of them.  I have tried white bait but no luck there either.  He'll only eat live food.  I have tried starving him for 2 weeks but that didn't work either.  Does anyone know how to get him eating pellets?

I introduced a 25cm Tandanus Catfish into the tank but that only lasted 2 days before the Coal Grunter started to get stuck into him so they have been separated.  Upon introducing the catfish, I did a massive water change and changed the landscape around to help.  Can Coal Grunters be kept with other fish at all and if so, what species do you recommend?

Right now I'm starving the Coal Grunter again but will persist for longer.  However, if there is a chance that starting off with small species and growing them up altogether will work than I may consider getting rid of the big guy and getting a juvenile Coal Grunter.  At least that way I can keep him on pellets as well.  Any thoughts?

Is it true that only feeding live feeder fish and shrimp is bad for the health of the fish?

Any other information about Coal Grunters will be greatly appreciated as well.

 

 

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Tank is to small for tank mates abs so will the 4x2x2. 

As for feeding starve him for a few days and drop one feeder fish in at a time until he associates that spot with live food. Then drop a white bait in when he is excited and shove a few pellets inside the white bait. 

I used this when trying to get pbass onto pellets.

shrimp is fine to feed all the time just expensive. Feeder fish are generly kept in poor conditions and host all manner or disease.

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Also worth trying  Hikari frozen krill. As said above, he'll be too territorial for any tank mates in an aquarium that size. Only time I've had any luck was in a 6x2x2 with other species of grunter and a shortfin eel. 

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