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Re: Jason Owen's Cacutoides
I do know that housing multiple male Cockatoos is a definite no-no. They
will compete and kill one another every time. From what I've read, the very
best way to go with cacutoides is to house one male with about three
females, allowing each female to establish a seperate territory. The male
will them tend to his "harum" accordingly. Of course, in many community
tanks, you're not going to have room to allow each female her own territory,
so you're left with one male and one female. I certainly hope mine doesn't
begin torpedoing my tank as yours did...
As far as this particular fish goes, I now believe it was at least somewhat
traumatized when I bought it. I tried to call the store to exchange him,
but they refused. To tell you the truth, I was really expecting it to
simply starve to death, having assumed it had some sort of internal
infection and would never eat. But watching it gobble blood worms, I'm now
hopeful that instead of illness, it was just a case of the fish being very
traumatized by its new surroundings (first the store, then my tank), and
with a little TLC, will bounce back.
My formula for bringing him around will probably be to sit as you suggest
near the tank while feeding him blood worms. Hopefully he'll then associate
my presence with food. For flake feedings, however, I'll probably try to be
a bit more stealthy until I see him at least take a few. Once he does
recognize flakes as food, I'll make myself more visible to him and hopes
everything works out. He's shown zero interest in frozen brine shrimp...
Thanks for the responses.
>From: PB1212BBA at aol_com
>Reply-To: killietalk at aka_org
>To: KillieTalk at aka_org
>Subject: Jason Owen's Cacutoides
>Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2002 16:41:51 EST
> I have tried cacutoides twice with the same result ; Male kills all
>other dwarf cockatoos then promptly commits suicide by ramming into the
>glass. In the little time it took them to do that I never found them to be
>shy or shy about eating.
>I provided plenty of hiding spots and fed flake, frozen brine and frozen
>bloodworm. The first attempt was in a 70 gallon community, the second in a
>high species tank. Hope you have much better luck than I did, bloodworms
>should do the trick.
> As far as shyness goes, I have found that spending MORE time around
>your fish will help them overcome it. Cichlids detest being netted and will
>hold grudges against you for quite some time. Try sitting quietly as close
>the tank as you can get for at least 15 minutes when you feed. This has
>helped a lot of my fish become great showoffs.
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