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Old 06-17-2013, 03:22 PM   #1 
Frodo Bagfins
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Indigo not eating--

Indigo has not been eating his Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets or freeze-dried blood worms as of one week ago.

Housing

What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 deg about
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? Omega One Betta Buffet pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times per day (3 to 4 pellets)

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 50 % once a week
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? Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Will test later
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has shredded the end of his upper tail and lower tail from biting it I guess.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not eating pellets or dried blood worms. He used to love his worms and ate 4 pellets 2 x a day. Now he won't hardly eat even one pellet.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? One week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Have not tried a different brand of pellet yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. He has a defect little bump on his head but he had that when I bought him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 8 months old since I bought him.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:49 PM   #2 
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Indigo has not been eating his Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets or freeze-dried blood worms as of one week ago.

Housing

What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76-78 deg about
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? Omega One Betta Buffet pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 times per day (3 to 4 pellets)

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? 50 % once a week
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? Conditioner

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Will test later
Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? He has shredded the end of his upper tail and lower tail from biting it I guess.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Not eating pellets or dried blood worms. He used to love his worms and ate 4 pellets 2 x a day. Now he won't hardly eat even one pellet.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? One week ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Have not tried a different brand of pellet yet.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No. He has a defect little bump on his head but he had that when I bought him.
How old is your fish (approximately)? 8 months old since I bought him.
maybe he is just bored. that would explain the tail biting. does he have things to swim around? he has a pretty big tank already so i wouldnt think he feels bored unless it has no decorations in it. or stressed out. you can give him API stress coat to help him heal. make sure it is biting and not fin rot. are the edges red or black? keep the water extra clean so his fins dont get infected.
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #3 
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Indigo has two large plastic plants and a castle to hide in as well as the heater he likes to sit on. He is a dark blue fish so it is hard to tell the color of the torn area but it appears to be a bite because it doesn't look dark black. The tail biting started after we brought home a second male betta next to his tank on Saturday. But the problem with eating started a week before so I know it's not because of the new fish.

Maybe a new type of food would do the trick? Like New Life Spectrum pellets? The weird part of all this is that Indigo used to LOVE freeze-dried blood worms in fact that was all he ate at Petco before I brought him home. And now Indigo won't even eat his worms. So it seems to me like something is wrong.

After I did the weekly 50% water change he started breathing heavily. I don't know if 50% is too much? I read that 25% is good for a tank that has been cycled. But I was never sure I did the cycling right the first time (I used fish food to cycle it over a couple weeks) so I just thought 50% was a good amount.

Anyway, I just hope he goes back to eating his worms and more than just one pellet soon. >=;>
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:32 PM   #4 
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Maybe you should fry frozen food? I never seen a fish refuse a yummy frozen bloodworm ! I feed my betta once a week and he just gobbles them so fast!

Maybe you can try add more stuff into the tank, like get a ping pong ball?

and here is a blog post about tail biting.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:07 AM   #5 
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Maybe you should fry frozen food? I never seen a fish refuse a yummy frozen bloodworm ! I feed my betta once a week and he just gobbles them so fast!

Maybe you can try add more stuff into the tank, like get a ping pong ball?

and here is a blog post about tail biting.
Thanks Darkangel and thanks also to creame172.

Yes I thought of that...He would probably love to try a frozen blood worm.

I read the whole blog post about tail biting. I think that Indigo is biting his tail because he's hungry 'cause he won't eat his pellets and maybe also because of stress about the new fish. I might aq salt the tank 1 tsp per gallon as the article suggested.
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