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Old 12-25-2010, 02:21 PM   #1 
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Mushu not eating

What size is your tank?
5 or 5.5 gallon

What temperature is your tank?
Currently 78*F and has been stable at this temp.

Does your tank have a filter?
Yes, Tetra Whisper 3i

Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
No, but the filter is air driven

Is your tank heated?

What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
Divided between 2 other males, who are both fine.

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?
Well I havn't had him for long, but Its been 2 days inbetween changes of 25%

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
25% minimum - 75% max

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
API Stress Coat+

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

Ammonia: N/A
Nitrite: N/A
Nitrate: N/A
pH: N/A
Hardness: N/A
Alkalinity: N/A

Symptoms and Treatment:
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? No
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Acting Lethargic, laying around not being his active self.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Yesterday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Water change, with API Stress Coat+
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Unknown

He was super active when I got him, flaring at the other males and even building bubble nest. He has seemed a bit more active sense the water change last night. But he is not eating?? I fast them on Sundays. I also feed each Betta 4-6 pellets a day, is that to much?
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Old 12-25-2010, 02:28 PM   #2 
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maybe he's bloated?

but my fish was like this starting a week ago and i put him on a 1 tsp/gallon espom salt treatment for a week (i rememoved him from his 5 gallon into a heated .5 g bowl for a couple days to treat him.) He was lying around, not eating, and was pale.

He is now back in his 5 g swimming around all happily, looking great :)
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:25 PM   #3 
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In a 5gal filtered tank split for 3 Betta-you need to increase your water changes to 50% 3 times a week at the very this point with a new fish I would get him out and in QT until you know what is don't want to infect your other two Bettas

In Qt I would go a head and a start a 10 day aquarium salt treatment along with 100% daily water changes-hold food for 2 days and offer again and see if he won't eat for you then.

He may just be tired and stressed from the move and flaring with other males...the stress can cause lowered immune response and poor appetite.

Keep us posted.....he may just need some more time and de-stressing...since he is new.....
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Old 12-25-2010, 07:30 PM   #4 
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I'm hoping its just the de-stressing, and being tired, I'll have to find a way to black out the males so they can calm down and not be flaring a lot. I will hold the food for 2 days, and do water changes more. Also I noticed he becomes more active when I turn the lights off, so that also makes me think stress.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:47 PM   #5 
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Well, after keeping him alone sense Christmas, he did start eating. But he is having trouble swimming it seems. Could this be SBD? He just floats at the top, swims down from time to time then comes but up for a long time. He is not bloated it took him about 3-4 days before he would even attempt to eat or take interest in food. Where as he and the rest of my Bettas are constantly begging for more x.x 24/7. Any help on what may be causing the issue? I miss my active happy bubble nest building Mushu. So far I am treating him with epsom salt, keeping the lights out and keeping him is a "darker" spot by placing some decor around him.

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