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Old 05-10-2009, 07:15 PM   #1 
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Question Betta won't eat

I'm hoping someone can help. Bought a new betta on April 30th, and it has not eaten anything! I count the pieces of food put in, take them out, I've tried numerous types of food, but nothing. I have even gone so far as to put food on a piece of thread and move it around the tank, even using a straw to gently blow the top of the water so the food moves and looks "alive" but to no avail. I live in a very small town where I can't get live or frozen meals for him..........help. We have had bettas for years so I don't think it's the way he is being cared for as all the others lived for years!
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:21 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to FishForum. Sometimes it takes awhile for bettas to settle into their new home and they won't eat.Its been 10 days so hopefully he'll start to eat something soon. Is he ok otherwise? Is he swimming around?
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:26 PM   #3 
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He is swimming around just fine. He is actually the sweetest fish we've had.. I never thought they could have personality but this guy does. He likes chasing the food when I blow it around the top but that is about it. After a couple of days he would come to the side of his tank when I come in so he is a very nice little fish. How long can he live without eating? I've probably got the first anorexic fish!
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:33 PM   #4 
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They can go several weeks without eating. Can you get some freeze dried food? If so, you could try daphnia, bloodworms or brine shrimp. Is he not touching the food at all or is grabbing it and spitting it out? I have a female right now that won't eat pellets. She chomps on them and spits them out.
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:21 PM   #5 
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Try freeze dried bloodworms. You can probably get them wherever you bought your fish. They need to be rehydrated first though! Don't worry about him starving right now though, like dramqueen said they can go long periods without food. Good luck!
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:04 PM   #6 
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I found the freeze dried bloodworms and he isn't even interested in them. He didn't approach them at all.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:09 PM   #7 
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What type of pellets are you using.
Try
Sundried bloodworms
or
hikari betta bio gold!
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:28 PM   #8 
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You could try something called Garlic Guard on the food to make it more appealing to the fish.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:46 PM   #9 
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I have never heard of that drama.
I will use that!
Thanks ;]
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:48 PM   #10 
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I've heard of it but never used it. I think its used to entice sick fish to eat.
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