Why won't my new little guy eat? - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
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Why won't my new little guy eat?

I bought Amephyre Saturday.
I know that it can take a couple days for them to get accustomed to their new home, and it's been 2 days already.
I've tried to feed him flakes and bloodworms, but he won't eat anything.
He seems very healthy otherwise.
Also he is very timid. Everytime I approach the tank he darts away and hides. I really wish he was a more social fish, but I just want to make sure everything is ok!

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-14-2013, 02:16 PM
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Is your tank heated, filtered, what size? Was it properly cycled before adding the new fish? It has only been 2 days, keep going to the tank so he can see you, stand or sit next to it so he can see you do it frequently if possible for several minutes at a time, he will begin to respond. As for feeding, get a quality pellet such as New Life Spectrum, offer a pellet once a day to see if he'll eat it, if he does great offer him another one, if not try again the next day. Patience.
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It is heated - the temp is 79 right now. 5 gallon. I don't have a filter because I do 100% water changes every week with a 50% water change mid-week. I'm actually waiting for my sponge filter I ordered from Amazon. I cleaned, disinfected, and filled the tank Sunday night along with adding stress coat and a water conditioner. He didn't go in the tank until 6pm Saturday, and I had acclimated him. The food is Omega One, but maybe he is a pellet kind of guy so I'll have to go buy that. Hopefully he is just still adjusting!

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Generally pellets are better for bettas than flakes, and if he's anything like my male, he'll refuse to eat anything but pellets. Mine will actually swim to a corner and sulk if I try to feed him flakes.
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Lol okay I didn't realize bettas could be so particular!

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My newest betta refused to eat pellets for the first week I had him. He didn't eat at all for 2-3 days, and then started accepting frozen brine shrimp. He also ate live daphnia I offered. I've had him almost 2 weeks now and he'll eat anything! He also seemed afraid of the food, but he was pretty sickly when I got him. I'm sure yours will start eating soon!
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-15-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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I sure hope so! I'll just keep offering hiim what I have for right now until I get paid.
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'I NEED HELP! i have a Delta Tale Male his name is omega i got him yesterday and set up his tank is divided with another betta fish that is veiltail named Haze. Well i acclimated them to their tank they have a plant each and a little cave thing too. The tank is heated. and not yet filtered as i am looking to get a new one that wont stress them out as much due to the flow. Haze is eating all the food i gave him in like 2 seconds. omega on the other hand hasnt touched his food but is just floating there watching me as i type this and do some things in my room. Is it him just getting used to his surroundings or what. I feed them TetraBetta Floating Mini Pellets. What do i do!

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My fish is dead.

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Oh no! I'm so sorry :(
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