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Old 02-04-2010, 10:29 PM   #1 
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Betta not hungry for almost 2 weeks...

We've had our betta since November. We keep him alone in a 1.5gal tank with a filter that we rarely ever turn on.

My boyfriend was trying to do the fish a favor and clean his water. Not sure how much water was changed. Used regular tap water and a drop or two of stresscoat. Didn't tell me about it until I noticed that the fish wasn't eating.

Once I found out, we switched him to distilled water (which he was perfectly happy in before) and took him out of the tank entirely. Moved to a sterile mason jar for the time being.

That was roughly two weeks ago - I've switched from pellets (which he used to love but now shuns) to bloodworms. Won't touch either. Has lost his little fish belly. Getting worried because now he won't even bother flaring.

Doesn't show any signs of ick or fungus, scales are perfectly smooth and fins are intact and beautiful. Have been reading for a few hours, but to no avail.

The only factor that has changed is the water type. Now that we've returned to the distilled water, only location has changed. Still no luck.

Thoughts?
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:46 PM   #2 
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Well from changing water to changing locations would be very stressful. So he put in stress coat but not water conditioner?? That could be pretty bad. Is his water warm or cold?? If you warm up the water he might feel better (assuming it was cold)
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:52 PM   #3 
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I've heard that distilled water is not good to use for them
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:05 PM   #4 
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Distilled water lacks the trace elements and minerals that fish need.
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:27 AM   #5 
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First of all

a) Is this tank heated?
b) How often are you cleaning this thing & how much water do you change?

Colder temperatures inevitably slow the metabolism of a fish down and considering that bettas prefer their water at about 80 degrees fareinheit room temperature won't quite cut it.

A 1.5g tank needs to be cleaned (water dumped, gravel rinsed, decorations rinsed) roughly every 5 days to keep the ammonia (fish waste) in the water from reaching toxic levels. The damage ammonia causes to gill tissue will limit oxygen uptake, causing lethargy.

As a precaution (I don't think this is his issue), does his poop appear white or stringy in any way? Lack of interest in food and stringy faeces can signal infection by internal parasites.
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:34 PM   #6 
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Well from changing water to changing locations would be very stressful. So he put in stress coat but not water conditioner?? That could be pretty bad. Is his water warm or cold?? If you warm up the water he might feel better (assuming it was cold)
stresscoat removes cholorine and more its a all in one Haouken441
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