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Old 07-04-2012, 02:20 PM   #1 
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Just stress?

I got this boy about two days ago, and he's stayed stress striped ever since. He mostly hangs around the surface and stays pretty still, but will occasionally swim around a bit. I have yet to see him enter his little cave. He has also refused food or spat it out soon after eating it.

I'm sure it's just stress from being in a new environment, but Jalen and Sushi ate like pigs about ten minutes after being in their tanks.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:24 PM   #2 
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It's normal if he doesn't eat. All Betta Fish are different. If he shows signs of disease, then you should worry. For now, just make him more comfortable and keep his surroundings dark. :)
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:32 PM   #3 
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Thank you! He isn't showing any real symptoms of disease that I can tell, so I'll try to calm myself lol.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:14 PM   #4 
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Betta's can be picky eaters, plus its normal for betta's to go days without eating. If he is spitting it out and then tries to eat it again that means its to big for his mouth and he is trying to break it up in smaller pieces. If that is the case in the future just buy the micro pellets that are perfect. Regarding the stress strips time will tell. When I got my first betta I thought he had stress stripes but it was part of his natural color. Just give him time to adapt to his new environment.
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Old 07-04-2012, 04:22 PM   #5 
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Nah the pellets aren't too big for him. He's a pretty large boy. And the stripes weren't present when he was on the shelf, at least not that I could tell. I put a towel over three sides of his tank though and I'll try to feed him again tomorrow. I don't want to stress him more by changing the water, but he's spat out about four pellets into little pieces and I don't like that making his tank dirty.
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