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Old 01-01-2010, 09:08 PM   #1 
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Question A few questions about my new betta

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My betta, Joshy Wolfgang, hasn't been floating on his side anymore! He is now right side up and he isn't pale anymore. I was just wondering if it was normal for him to hide in his plant all day close to the surface and not eat. I got him on the 30th and he hasn't touched any food I gave him. I tried flakes, pellets, bloodworms. I don't think he's lathergic, because he doesnt come out sometimes and swim around for a minute or so and goes right back to his hiding place. Is this normal for bettas?
How long does it normally take for a new betta to eat again?
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:04 PM   #2 
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Sometimes it takes them a week to get used to their surroundings. As soon as he's comfortable enough, he'll start eating. Just keep offering him the pellets and if he doesn't eat them, make sure you scoop the food out. Yes it's very normal for them to hide in plants because that's where he feels most comfortable. One of mine will bury himself inside of the silk plant and sleep. Whats the temperature of the tank?
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:07 PM   #3 
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It's either 74 or 75. i have a heater in there, but I don't think that heater is working very well...
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:11 PM   #4 
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Ok, that's not bad. It should be at least 74 to 75. Just give him time to get accustomed to the tank.
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:38 PM   #5 
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Alright thanks. I do think he has to get used to it, poor little guy.
Is it normal for bettas to float on their sides? He wasn't doing that today but yesterday he was...
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Old 01-01-2010, 11:25 PM   #6 
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Its not normal for them to float on their sides but I wouldn't worry if he isn't doing it anymore.. if he does it again however I would look into it.

Like they said it takes some time for them to feel comfortable... and even then bettas love their plants and will spend a good amount of time hiding in them.
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Old 01-03-2010, 04:44 PM   #7 
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Hmmm, he still hasn't eaten anything and its been about 5 days. When I got him there was a lot of uneaten food in his cup...so who knows when the last time he ate was...I offered him freeze dried bloodworms and pellets and he hasn't touched one bite. When should I be worried? lol
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:26 PM   #8 
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I had one that didn't eat a full week. I would just keep offering him the food and if he doesn't eat it, make sure you scoop it out so it doesn't contaminate the water. Unfortunately you can't force them to eat or shove it down their throats.lol :P
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Old 01-03-2010, 07:24 PM   #9 
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The only thing you really can do is wait. Uneaten food could be a sign that he has some type of disease but if he is swimming and acting healthy I would just wait for him to start eating.
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:15 PM   #10 
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He really doesnt come out of his plant much....lol
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