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Old 04-09-2011, 11:08 PM   #1 
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New betta

So i got a new betta, Izzy, he's realy great lively but small. He looks pretty heathy no problems he just doesnt eat. Ive tried flakes at first but he didn't want them so i went all the way to petsmart to buy pellets but when i fed it to him he wouldnt eat. Its been 3 days now and im realy worried hes realy worried plus hes been kinda moppy he swims slowly and sits on the bottom ive changed his water, ive clean his tank ive changes his tank i even tried feeding him in is origonal bowl i bought him in but he wont eat its like he doesnt want it or anything.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:31 PM   #2 
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So i got a new betta, Izzy, he's realy great lively but small. He looks pretty heathy no problems he just doesnt eat. Ive tried flakes at first but he didn't want them so i went all the way to petsmart to buy pellets but when i fed it to him he wouldnt eat. Its been 3 days now and im realy worried hes realy worried plus hes been kinda moppy he swims slowly and sits on the bottom ive changed his water, ive clean his tank ive changes his tank i even tried feeding him in is origonal bowl i bought him in but he wont eat its like he doesnt want it or anything.
For the future, this type of thread is best in the emergency forum.

Please answer these completley:
Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance

How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?


Your fish needs a heater (temp of 76-82'), at least a gallon of space, frequent water changes, water conditioner, and proper food (flakes or pellets with at least 40% protien). If hes cold he will be mopey and not want to eat. If you have a 1 gallon bowl and do not change the water at least every other day (100%), he is probably uncomfortable because your ammonia is high.

Can we have a picture of your fish and its living conditions?
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:06 AM   #3 
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My one little guy Batman..He was the tiniest betta I have ever seen...He simply couldn't eat the pellets or the flakes..They were tooo big. What I did was crush the pellets and then sprinkle them in..I also crushed the flakes to...Have you tried bloodworms? My bettas absolutely cannot refuse those..That is the only thing I could get my one betta to eat while he was sick..I have heard some people have good luck with soaking the pellets and flakes in garlic juice. You could try that maybe... If you just got him though sometimes it takes them a little while for them to adjust and feel comfortable eating. My one guy took 4 days before he would eat anything..
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Yeah alot of people soak the pellets in garlic juice to make it more appetizing.
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Old 04-10-2011, 12:09 PM   #5 
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A new betta often won't eat much before they are settled into their new home. Keep feeding and remove what isn't eaten after a few minutes. I wouldn't give bloodworms yet; they're a treat, not a mainstay for their diet usually. Pellets are usually better quality than flakes (more protein).

Does your fish have a place to hide in their tank? That will help with making it comfortable for them. He may also be a bit lethargic and inactive if the water isn't warm enough. The optimal range is 76 to 82* so you do need a heater.

Good luck! :)
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