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Old 06-27-2009, 08:36 PM   #1 
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My Beta is sick

We have "Nelson" for over two years. He was my daughters fish. I have had tropical fish most of my life but never a beta. Nelson went to college and has now been back home since January. About a month he started missing the chomps on his food. He sees food a few inches away but can't chomp it when he gets close. He swims, he goes to his feeding spot, he reacts positively when I aproach his tank and he goes all happy when my wife talks to him. He just can't eat. I tried FD blood worms and he chases them around but can't get them in his mouth. This is now day 8 without eating food except for one pellet my wife got him to eat after 20 minutes of attention. Are there any tricks that I can try to get food into Nelson?

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Old 06-27-2009, 11:54 PM   #2 
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Have you tried Hikari micro pellets? They are very tiny pellets...maybe those will be easier for him to eat.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:01 AM   #3 
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If you have filtration, turn the filter off when you feed. It will make the food not move around.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:31 AM   #4 
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Yes - we turn off the filtration when we feed him and the pellets are very small. He is very ill right now. Since Friday, his gills are moving but he does not very often...only to come up for a gulp of air. We are very sad about his condition.
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:22 AM   #5 
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Thanks for your help

Thank you dr2b and neenjar for your help. Nelson lost his battle last night after nearly 3 weeks of illness. May he swim in clean waters for eternity.
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Old 07-03-2009, 10:56 AM   #6 
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I'm so sorry about Nelson. RIP Nelson.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:37 AM   #7 
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Sorry to hear about Nelson. RIP lil buddy.
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:40 AM   #8 
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Old 07-03-2009, 03:29 PM   #10 
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im so sorry to hear that :( R.I.P nelson at first i thouhgt you were talking about a human becasue he went to collage
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