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Old 09-19-2012, 02:55 PM   #11 
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yes plant and snail not salt tolerant. Looks pretty good. I guess keep trying ... Like i wrote before some betta takes longer then other before they start eating. It just scaring me . I know someone had betta that never ate....

aquarium salt can be from 1tsp/gall up to 3tsp/gall with daily 100% water changes. I kind of agree that he might start eating ...may be wait a few more days and just make sure his water super clean...

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Old 09-19-2012, 03:09 PM   #12 
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Try soaking the pellets in garlic juice, the flavor and smell could entice him to eat.
If that doesn't work, try calling the store you bought him at and ask what they feed their bettas.

Aquarium salt 1 teaspoon per gallon, daily 100% water changes.
Do not use AQ salt for more than 10 days, if used longer it can cause organ damage.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:10 PM   #13 
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Looks like normal pigment and nothing to worry about...

Since he is new and otherwise acting normal and responding to you....What I would recommend....Make 50% water only change-leaving him in the tank-turn off the filter/water movement for now. Don't add any salt-especially in his tank.....

Leave the filter off until he starts to eat-then rinse it out good before you start it again, however, IMO/E-filters are optional for this species-especially in smaller tanks with long fin males-since the filter can sometimes be the cause of fin damage and stress.

What kind of live plant and how many-depending on the type of plant and if it is thriving it will take care of the water along with water changes-Once I know what kind of plant-we can give you better directions on water change needs.

If you have access to live mosquito larva-offer a couple rinsed and see if he will eat them.
Its not uncommon for them to go off food for awhile in a new environment-especially with water movement-A Betta can go a fair amount of time without eating-Its not ideal---but 2 weeks he should be fine provided that he was healthy to start.

As Perseusmon posted-you can lace the pellets in fresh crushed garlic juice-often the garlic will stimulate appetite. Also, try other brand of food if you have some-but live food is best if you have access to any...

Keep us posted....
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:10 PM   #14 
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Here is the form you need to fill out it will help all those trying to help.

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:26 PM   #15 
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Here is all the info I know

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gal
What temperature is your tank? 79 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? Nerite snail

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Hikari betta bio-gold pellets, Aqueon pellets, Tetra freeze dried bloodworms.
How often do you feed your betta fish? I try feeding twice a day (morning and night)

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Quick start at first with stress coat now only with just Stress Coat.

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:0
pH:7.6
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? black line on the scales
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Gets mopey from time to time
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A few days after I bought him
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Nothing yet
Does your fish have any history of being ill? I just bought him IDK
How old is your fish (approximately) IDK
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:31 PM   #16 
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Looks like normal pigment and nothing to worry about...

Since he is new and otherwise acting normal and responding to you....What I would recommend....Make 50% water only change-leaving him in the tank-turn off the filter/water movement for now. Don't add any salt-especially in his tank.....

Leave the filter off until he starts to eat-then rinse it out good before you start it again, however, IMO/E-filters are optional for this species-especially in smaller tanks with long fin males-since the filter can sometimes be the cause of fin damage and stress.

What kind of live plant and how many-depending on the type of plant and if it is thriving it will take care of the water along with water changes-Once I know what kind of plant-we can give you better directions on water change needs.

If you have access to live mosquito larva-offer a couple rinsed and see if he will eat them.
Its not uncommon for them to go off food for awhile in a new environment-especially with water movement-A Betta can go a fair amount of time without eating-Its not ideal---but 2 weeks he should be fine provided that he was healthy to start.

As Perseusmon posted-you can lace the pellets in fresh crushed garlic juice-often the garlic will stimulate appetite. Also, try other brand of food if you have some-but live food is best if you have access to any...

Keep us posted....
As for live plants I have 1 anubias and I don't know the name of the other one. Here is a pic maybe someone can tell me what it is. I don't have access to live mosquito larva. Any other live food suggestions? I will try the pellets soaked in garlic juice. Hopefully he will eat something. Thanks for the response. I appreciate it.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #17 
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Here is the plant I don't know what it is called.

Anyone know what plant this is?
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:40 PM   #18 
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Looks like some kinda of Sword plant. About the live foods, your local fish shop might have some live blood worms or you could get some frozen ones, also you might want to check and see if they have any New Life Spectrum Betta pellets, those are very good and of the best foods for Bettas on the market ! I could not find them in mine and had to order on line on Amazon.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:55 PM   #19 
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Thank you sunlight, teeneythebetta, Oldfishlady and Perseusmom! You all were very helpful. I appreciate your advice. I will definitely keep you all posted on how my little Raz does. I plan for him to be around for a long time. The 10 gal tank on the side is the proof. So I hope he starts eating soon. I will try the garlic soaked pellets and then live food. I hear that I have to be careful with live food though because it can cause ich. Is this true?

Thanks for that rec Perseusmom! I might have to buy those pellets online though. The Petco by me does not have a great selection of betta food. The stores in the city are always out of things.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:01 PM   #20 
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That plant looks more like java fern than a sword to me, and you shouldn't bury the rhizome or it will rot. You can bury just the roots though, or tie it something in your tank.

About live food, it's more known for causing internal parasites, but there is a small risk of ich if the food has been exposed to it. You won't have to worry about it if your betta eats with garlic though. Good luck!
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