Hi, my betta died this morning and I can't figure out why. He seemed to be a perfectly healthy male betta except for one thing, I could not get him to eat. I tried all kinds of food and he only ate one half of a thawed blood worm. I never saw him poop either. I just thought that maybe he needed to settle in or maybe he was eating and I just did not see.
In the past few days he showed no signs of illness. Swam normally, active, interested in food (just would not eat it), made a few bubble nests, seemed to recognize me and so forth.
This really sucks. Last week I ordered a fish online and he arrived DOA..the past few days have just not been lucky for me.
10 gallon tank cycled for a long time
Filter had a baffle
Betta was acclimated before going into tank
I have well water
No tank mates
0, 0, <10 (api liquid tests). Tested before addition of betta, and after betta death.
Water change schedule - 50% weekly in addition to top offs and vacuuming of uneaten food
Do have a heater, approx 75°
No meds added to tank
Foods, tried everything, flake, pellet, thawed mysis, thawed blood worms. Also tried a feeding ring.
I also have the flu the past couple days and have not been cleaning so no chance that air freshener or spray cleaner got in the tank.
Is this common for a new betta not to eat? Was this a case of IPs? Did I miss something? Or did I just get unlucky?