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Old 04-17-2013, 08:32 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Feeding issues?

This isn't much of a HUGE problem but it still is. So my fish has been sick for a few days, getting treatment, epsom salt!!

O.K i have been feeding my fish bloodworms (dried) since i got him, turns out those are like cookies to them..and i been trying pellets but he doesn't even look at them..

Does anyone have ideas how to get him to eat? It has to already be 5 days without food. If he's sick and he's getting better i don't want him to die from starvation!?!!?


Housing
What size is your tank? 2.5 gallons but in a one gallon right now
What temperature is your tank? 78 F?
Does your tank have a filter? yes, but not right now, in treatment
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?bloodworms/ trying pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day, size of an eraser amount but hasn't been eating

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? everyday for now, 100%
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? ]100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? i'll use clorout. Getting Prime

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

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

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? darker head
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't been eating but is sick now
When did you start noticing the symptoms? about 4 days ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Epsom salt
How old is your fish (approximately)? a year a 2 months

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Old 04-17-2013, 08:38 PM   #2 
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What type of pellets?
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:42 PM   #3 
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TetraBetta, floating mini pellets
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:42 PM   #4 
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I been told Omega is a really good brand
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:49 PM   #5 
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Yes. Omega one is much higher quality. One thing to try is soaking them in garlic juice.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:53 PM   #6 
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Would that affect his treatment?
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:08 PM   #7 
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It shouldn't. They love it and garlic is all natural. I have my SBD sensitive girl on some now.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:20 PM   #8 
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What is he being treated for? Epsom salt is used for internal problems. Is he dealing with something like bloat, constipation or buoyancy issues? If so, these problems could affect his appetite.

The two most often recommended pellets on this forum are New Life Spectrum and Omega One Betta Buffet. So you may want to try one of those.

I feed one pellet a time. I drop it near them, so they see it. If they don't eat it, I remove it. Then, I try again later.
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:49 AM   #9 
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sorry to hear that he is still not eating :(
I agree with trying omega one or spectrum pellets. All my bettas love them :) He should too.
hows his buoyancy doing? is he still sinking tail first, or has that stopped?
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:58 AM   #10 
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If he won't eat the pellets trick him. soak some in garlic juice they love it. ( its really good for him too)

If he still won't take it. Take the soaked pellets, and rolled them in ground bloodworms, or sprinkle the powder in when you feed him pellets, it will trick him into thinking hes getting blood worms because it will then smell like them.
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