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Old 04-19-2010, 02:49 PM   #1 
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one week old betta and still hasnt eaten!

i got my new male betta one week ago today. he hasnt eaten once, from what i have seen, and as of thursday (4 days ago) he just floats at the top of the tank. the first time i saw him like that i thought he was dead because he doesnt move at all. ive tried two different brands of pellets, flakes, and also freeze dried worms and nothing seems to work. i had a female betta once before and she would only eat the dried worms so i thought he was the same but he wont eat them at all.

im really nervous about him and i dont know what else to do! help!
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:00 PM   #2 
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What is the tank temperature.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:01 PM   #3 
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What is the tank temperature.
I'm with javi here. Insufficient temps and/or water quality are my top two suspects for lack of appetite and lethargy.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:05 PM   #4 
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...And if your temperature, and ALL other water parameters, are good...then try LIVE food. Mine really enjoy black (tubifex) worms!
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:17 PM   #5 
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I'm with javi here. Insufficient temps and/or water quality are my top two suspects for lack of appetite and lethargy.
well NOT always ( well not with recently purchased bettas ). Sometimes when bettas are brought home, they sometimes do no eat for days and days from all the moving stress and what not. I had a guy that did not eat for exactly a week after i bought him and then he ate like no tomorrow! So, if that persons water params are all good, then it could be just stress from the big move.
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Alright..."top two suspects" was never intended to mean "only things that could possibly be wrong." Sorry that wasn't clear to you.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:18 PM   #7 
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Water quality / temperature / stress seems about right. There's always what I call "new tank syndrome." Just simply moving into a new home, although this can be possibly linked with stress. With a new betta, it's harder to tell if he's stressed or still simply not used to it (my opinion).

But yes, what's the tank temperature, and how often do you clean. ANd when was the last time you cleaned it. And what size is the tank?
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