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Old 12-15-2012, 01:06 AM   #1 
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Betta not eating, moving very little

Hello.

One of my bettas is not eating and doesn't move around very much. He also seems to have lost much of his color and his fins look very pale. He had some white spots on the tips of his fins only, so I put some ick clear and a small amount of aquarium salt (maybe half a teaspoon for two separate water changes) which appears to have cleared it up. However, he is still not eating or moving much.

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gallon (tiny, I know)
What temperature is your tank? 80-82 F
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? One small anubias plant

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets & flakes
How often do you feed your betta fish? I try twice a day with one pellet and one flake, he has not eaten any as far as I know

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? Every other day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% approximately
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Tetra AquaSafe

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? No

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? More pale
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not eating or moving very much
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Ich clear + some aquarium salt, I have discontinued this and only use water (with AquaSafe of course)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No
How old is your fish (approximately)? Bought him several weeks ago

If pictures would help, I can provide them. Anybody have any ideas?
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:35 AM   #2 
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How long have you had him?
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:47 AM   #3 
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Choc the op said several weeks so not too long.

Ligushka, yes a pic would help. It is possible he had something when you bought him & its just now showing up. As much as I advocate a min of a 5g you're doing frequent water changes & keeping the water temp up so he should be good. Have you tried turning off the filter? IME a filter on a tank that small is usually too much. I would try that & see if it makes a difference.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:06 AM   #4 
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It might be a problem from the Petstore. What brand food is he fed?
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:03 AM   #5 
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Remove the filter. A filter is too powerful for a 1 gallon. He could not be moving because it is stressing him out, perhaps.

You also do not need to mention that you know it is "tiny" no one here should be getting mad at you for having a tank or bowl of such sizes. :)

For a 1 gallon I recommend 100% every other day, rather than the 50%.

He could have been sick in the store, or have had something that never showed up until now (has happened). A picture would help, I agree.

Has he pooped recently? Is he gasping at all? Does he dart?
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #6 
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Here is a photo of the tank set up: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12783812/20...2015.51.08.jpg

The filter has a spray bar and is set at the middle setting. I do not think the flow is too high as the spray bar barely moves the leaves of the anubias.

The betta is fed with TetraBetta pellets and I have tried TetraMin tropical flakes as well.

Today he is moving around somewhat instead of just hanging around the filter as he would in this pic: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12783812/20...2015.51.23.jpg

I gave him one pellet, he hasn't eaten it yet though. He did swim near it and look at it for a while. I'm not sure if he is pooping, I haven't observed him pooping nor do I see any plainly visible in the gravel. He does dart when I try to catch him with a net. He doesn't seem to be gasping, it looks like he is breathing normally.

I will clean the food off the filter intake and do a full water change later today.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:27 PM   #7 
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I've been having a very similar problem, but minus any of the white stuff on her fins. She is completely clear and see through, though, so it might be hard to tell? I don't know. But her symptoms are the same, she is lethargic and refuses to eat. She is very skinny since she was skinny when I got her, and it is really kind of worrying me. I swear I can see her little ribs...:[
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:57 PM   #8 
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Is he very thin? It could be possible he has parasites.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:58 PM   #9 
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IAL and Aquarium salt stop internal parasites.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:01 PM   #10 
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Epsom salt is the one for internal problems and Aquarium salt is for external, Choc. Does his stomach look like it's full of fluids?
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