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Old 01-31-2011, 10:28 PM   #1 
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Unhappy New Betta still won't eat!

I brought home my new betta 3 days ago and since then he has only eaten once which was the first night home. Whenever I get near the tank he swims away and hides and I don't think he see's I'm trying to feed him. I know he's gotta be hungry! I even tried giving him bloodworms and he still doesn't seem interested. Everything with the tank is fine and he looks healthy! I just don't know how to get him to eat! Any help will be appreciated!
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:36 PM   #2 
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Sometimes they just need time to adjust and settle down... A healthy betta can go weeks without food, although I wouldn't want him to do that!

Keep trying with a few different foods and I wish you luck!
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:39 PM   #3 
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Don't worry too much, new betta's tend to not eat a whole lot, if at all, when first brought home. This can last anywhere from a few days, to a couple of weeks depending on the betta. Just keep offering him food and scooping out what he doesn't eat and so long as hes in an antiquity-sized(2+gallons)heated tank with regular water changes he'll come around and start eating once hes nice and settled in to his new home and routine.
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:40 PM   #4 
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How's he doing, Sara?
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:43 PM   #5 
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Thank you!! I just hope he opens up to me! I feel bad when he swims awayy and it's killing me even more knowing he's hungry and I can't get him to eat! I was also wondering if I should try to find a lamp for him because the light on my hood is broken. Is it necessary to have a light on for him?
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:45 PM   #6 
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One of mine did the same thing. I would feed him and he acted like he wasnt even interested. He swam away and hid from me all the time. I actually saw him eat pellets for the first time yesterday! I was so happy:) I had had him a couple weeks and was getting worried. He seems to not be so scared all the time either. I think he is finally getting settled in. Give him time, Im sure he will be ok:)
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:46 PM   #7 
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I don't think the light is necessary at all- but one of the betta experts will respond. My new betta acclimated well & has an outgoing personality. I do get real nervous when she's hiding & I can't see her! Her predecessor didn't make it, so I'm scared to lose her before she settles in!
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:48 PM   #8 
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No, not necessarily. The light on a tank is really more for our sake....bettas are dark-water fish, so the natural light from the room or some indirect sunlight is just fine for them.

Again, I wouldn't worry too much....three days isn't that long. If hes hungry, he'll eat. ;)
Though if hes the skittish type, maybe feed him and then walk away for a bit, leave him alone and come back later to see if hes eaten, being careful not to make any sudden movements. It'll take him a little while too get used to you, but eventually he'll realize your the one feeding him xD
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:55 PM   #9 
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Thank you all for the replies! I tend to worry a lot because I just lost my previous betta and I don't want to see this one go! I absolutely loved my first betta. He is the one in my picture! He had a great personality and would come right up in front of the tank and want attention all the time! I hope to have the same relationship with my new little guy! They are great fish!
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:25 AM   #10 
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glad to read this post....same worry about my new betta

I just got a new betta & he hasn't eaten yet either, its been 3 days. I have been worried! He has also been a little lethargic....is that a part of being in a new tank? The water is okay since I added fresh, treated water to what was already in the tank, long story....I may just do a water change today to see if that helps, I really want him to be healthy!
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