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Old 04-08-2011, 09:46 AM   #1 
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Betta Hasn't Eaten in Over a Week

Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Bettamin Flakes and Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? I've been doing random water changes because he's been sick. Far more often than I normally would. Will go back to once a week when I get this guy figured out.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1/4-1/3
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner and a buffer to bring the pH down

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
pH: 8 (probably lower since I've been using the buffer)
Hardness: Very hard
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His color is changing apparently. Though I feel like he is losing color around his belly.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's been sick, I'm sure of it. Can't necessarily tell what's been wrong. I do think he had ick, though the specks are gone since treatment started. Only things I'm sure of is that he doesn't swim much anymore and he hasn't eaten in over a week.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a week or less since I got him.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Treating him with Jungle Lifeguard. Lights are off.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? since I got him
How old is your fish (approximately)? about 3 weeks

I've been on here quite a bit with this fish. Question after question. I've given up on trying to figure out what ailment he has. I'm just going to finish treatment as the med directions say. Now, I'm just worried about him not eating. I've given flakes and just left them in there (I know I'm not supposed to) in hopes that he would eat some later. I've put bloodworms in there with the same idea. Today I put food in, he didn't seem interested at all and I took the food back out. I don't know how to make him eat.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:09 AM   #2 
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Housing
What size is your tank? 10 gal
What temperature is your tank? 76
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? none

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Bettamin Flakes and Bloodworms
How often do you feed your betta fish? once a day
I would split the meal into two, morning and night. Bloodworms are only a weekly treat.

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change? I've been doing random water changes because he's been sick. Far more often than I normally would. How much? Will go back to once a week when I get this guy figured out.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1/4-1/3
I suggest changing at least 50 percent. Also, if your tank is still uncycled (nitrogen cycle) you should do two 50%s a week.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Water conditioner and a buffer to bring the pH down
I highly suggest you stop using ph down, it is basically acid. Bettas can adapt to most phs, so that stuff can actually be more harmful that helpful. What is the ph of the water without the ph down?

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
Hmm, It is strange that there are no readings for any these, is the tank heavily planted?
pH: 8 (probably lower since I've been using the buffer)
This is fine, you don't need the ph down.
Hardness: Very hard
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? His color is changing apparently. Though I feel like he is losing color around his belly.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He's been sick, I'm sure of it. Can't necessarily tell what's been wrong. I do think he had ick, though the specks are gone since treatment started. Only things I'm sure of is that he doesn't swim much anymore and he hasn't eaten in over a week.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? About a week or less since I got him.
So you have had him for one week?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Treating him with Jungle Lifeguard. Lights are off.
I would stop medication until you know what you are treating for.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? since I got him
How old is your fish (approximately)? about 3 weeks
Wait have you had him for a week or three weeks? Because he can't be three weeks.

I've been on here quite a bit with this fish. Question after question. I've given up on trying to figure out what ailment he has. I'm just going to finish treatment as the med directions say. Now, I'm just worried about him not eating. I've given flakes and just left them in there (I know I'm not supposed to) in hopes that he would eat some later. This is bad for water quality. I've put bloodworms in there with the same idea. Today I put food in, he didn't seem interested at all and I took the food back out. I don't know how to make him eat.
Try raising the temperature.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:21 PM   #3 
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As well, you may want to try switching to a better quality food. I had my fish on flakes; I found with flakes it's hard to consistently feed the same amount and the ingredients tend to have less fish. With pellets I feed twice a day, always the same amount and my Ninja has been far more active since I changed.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:30 PM   #4 
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I don't think you gave your betta enough time to adjust to new environment plus your tank is not properly cycled yet. Also I would not play with water chemistry too much, I would recommend to stop using PH down, water conditioner should be just fine. Do not medicate your betta if it is not necessary, it may do more harm.
I feed my bettas Hikari micro wafers 2 in the morning 2 in the evening, no food one day a week and occasionally I switch wafers with blood worms or daphnia. Freeze dried Blood worms are good only if fed as a treat. Daphnia work like natural laxative and help my boys with digestions.
So in the meantime keep up the regular water changes (at least until your tank gets properly cycled)
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