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Old 11-14-2010, 08:57 AM   #1 
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Jeffrey wont eat

I bought a betta from Petsmart last night.
He's my first fish and i'm worried about him a lot. It just freaks me out how he sometimes stops moving for a few seconds and he won't eat. I would feel awful if he died anyone know what I should do?
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:58 AM   #2 
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Relax and give him time to adjust to his new digs. It can take from a day to several days for a new betta to start eating. He should be fine.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:36 PM   #3 
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Bettas are ok when they stop moving. They like to just hang out on large leaves without moving for a while, it's natural for them to do that. As long as you see his gills opening and closing he's fine. If he's lethargic for more than week and not eating, then maybe start worrying and find out if your water parameters are ok (temperature, pH, ammonia, nitrites, nitrate).

As he is your first fish, did you make sure to put conditioner in the water as well? Also make sure to use the betta food pellets, not the flakes.

Give us an update in a few days and let us know how he's doing.
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:30 AM   #4 
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He might not want to eat for a few days, give him a little time. You could try getting some bloodworms (frozen/freeze dried) and see if he'd eat that for you.
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