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Old 02-06-2013, 08:50 AM   #1 
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New Betta will not eat

Housing
What size is your tank? 1 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? No
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Top Fin Betta Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3 pellets once a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? once a day
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Betta Bowl Plus

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? None
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He will not eat
When did you start noticing the symptoms? On Saturday
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of
How old is your fish (approximately)?No idea. Just bought him from Petco on Saturday



Hi everyone,

I am a little concerned about my new betta that I bought from Petco. I did not plan on buying another betta but the container he was in was filled with a lot of dust and debris so i couldn't help but bring him home. I feed my other betta, Delta, Top Fin betta pellets and he loves them. But this new guy just spits them out. I have tried giving him a blood worm and he could care less about it too. I've never had such a picky eater. I have even soaked the pellets in Garlic Guard and that didn't work either. Can anyone recommend a good food to start him on that he might actually eat? I am worried about him not eating because I know my Petco does not take care of their bettas so I don't know how long he has gone without food.

Also, I know his tank is small and that they need a heater. No worries, I am going to the store this weekend to buy another Aqueon 5gal with a heater. The 1 gal he is in is just temporary.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:53 AM   #2 
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My new fish didn't eat for a week, now she's a pig! Lol, he's probably a little freaked out and still adjusting, they won't intentionally starve themselves if food is available.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:56 AM   #3 
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you should give a new fish a couple of days to settle into its new home before feeding it. good luck, hes a beauty!
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:01 AM   #4 
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Thanks! I guess I didn't realize he still needed to settle in. My Delta was and still is a pig with his food too lol.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:02 AM   #5 
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Lol
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:15 AM   #6 
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He's a gorgeous fish!
Just give him some time to get used to his new environment. His new tank is a big change from the nasty cup he's been in.

If he's picky, he'll probably eat the pellets when he's super hungry.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:36 AM   #7 
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Thanks Cliffordsmom. I keep seeing different threads from you about your poor sickly betta. How is he doing? From the news of your newest post, it doesn't look too good. I do hope he gets better!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:10 AM   #8 
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Each Betta is a little different. I've had some eat within hours of being moved into their new home, others take days to start eating. I used to feed the Top Fin Betta bits but have switched to the NLS pellets, they're smaller & won't swell so much when wet plus I think they're a better quality. They're a little more expensive but they last a LONG time.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:00 PM   #9 
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My fish wouldn't eat Top Fin when I brought him home, he just spit them out. If your fish still won't eat them after a few days, I would try something with smaller pellets. That's what I did and now he eats them just fine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #10 
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He needs a heater to keep a constant temp between 78-80F and he needs at least 2 gallons long term.

How's he doing now?
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