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Old 01-20-2013, 04:39 PM   #1 
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Should I be worried?

So recently, I've been having to push Rubin's pellets in front of his mouth or else he ignores them, but he still flares and watches me. I'm not sure if he's going blind or not.

Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? I'm not sure.
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? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? TetraBetta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 4 pellets a day, once a day.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? I forget the name of the water conditioner, but I'll post it later

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Not at all
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Won't eat his food unless I push it in front of his mouth
When did you start noticing the symptoms? A couple days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? No
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I guess somewhere around a year and three months. I got him in October 2012

Please help me. I don't know if he really is going blind or what.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:46 PM   #2 
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Are you sure your 2.5 is cycled? I only ask because I know it's tough to cycle small tanks...

I don't know what might be going on though, he may be having sight issues, I know my boys sometimes won't notice their food if it's in their "blind spot"...

Do his eyes look clear or is there a white film over his eyes?
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:51 PM   #3 
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I don't really know what you mean by cycled, but I let the filter run for 24 hours before putting Rubin in. And I'll take a look at Rubin later, as my fish are all they way up in my bedroom on the third floor and I'm on the first floor right now.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:51 PM   #4 
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He may not be hungry, you maybe feeding him to much. he doesn't need to be fed everyday. his bellys are the size of there eye! Try feeding him every other day nothing really over 3. It gives his body time to cyclethe old food out.This may help give us updates

Is there any other color in his eye like white or anything?

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Old 01-20-2013, 10:40 PM   #5 
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Cycling takes up to 2 months to complete once you add your fish (or other ammonia source for fishless cycling: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=47838

After your tank is cycled, if you can maintain a cycle in something so small, two weekly changes of 50% with gravel cleaning (small siphon or stir/dip) method is needed - not taking water off the top. Many people would say you can't maintain a cycle in something so small and it will always need two water changes a week of 50% and 100%

Do you have a way to test your water? If you do, I would do so. I would also never run a tank that wasn't getting 100% weekly changes without keeping a drops kit for ammonia, nitrite and nitrates, but it's your choice.

At this point I would do a series of 50% water changes over the next 2-3 days using same temp water (use thermometer in running tap to match temp, fill container, add dechlorinator, then add to tank). I would also invest in a drops test kit to see where you stand.

Definitely get a look at your fish and describe anything odd or different you see. Photos may also be helpful.

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Old 01-20-2013, 11:54 PM   #6 
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You say that the tank is heated, but you're not sure what the temperature is. I'd find a way of checking it, because that could be your problem. If the water is too cold, they tend not to eat - at least mine do.
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