Hey everyone, I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment.
I rescued three boys from someone who didn't want them and were going to destroy them, over a week ago.They seem to be doing well in every aspect, well at least two of them are. Those two, well they're happy, really active, and eating well. I plan to move them into bigger digs this weekend since they don't have any sort of illnesses.
The third boy is active, blowing bubble nests and all, but he's not eating. I do have the food they were feeding him, which is Wardly Betta pellets, but he's not eating that, and I prefer Hikari Biogold, but he refuses that too. I've been looking for the internal parasites poop, but so far it hasn't shown face and I have been watching him like a hawk. Aside from not eating, he's healthy as the rest of my spoiled fish.
I'm in the process of trying the garlic juice trick I've read about, but with how stubborn this fish is, I'm not sure if that will work. If it does not, what's the next step?
Am I changing his water too much and stressing him out? Or am I not doing it enough. I've been doing a 50% one day, then a 100% the next (see sticky). I've been toying with doing a 100% every day because some of the food is sinking. He won't even go up and investigate it unless I walk out the room. I've started doing one pellet at a time, but no such luck.
And here's the sticky as it might help.
What size is your tank? 1 Gal Quarantine Tank for now
What temperature is your tank? 76 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? No
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes, though it only ever turns itself on at night.
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? I feed Hikari Biogold
How often do you feed your betta fish? Twice Daily- 2 pellets
How often do you perform a water change? Daily
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 50% one day, followed by a 100% change the next.
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Seachem's Prime. (My water ages first)
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters? NA
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? Still the same as a week ago. No fin damage, no ick, and no sign of any parasites. He's not bloated or anything either.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? Hasn't changed.
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Been watching him for about a week, assumed it was stress from him moving, and that he was resisting the new food. I have had bettas do it in the past. After a week though, they usually start eating.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? Not sure what to do yet. I've been trying to just put one pellet in and see if he'll take it.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I am aware of.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I'm guessing a year to a year and a half, cause I was there when the person got him, and he was tiny.
Thanks for any and all help guys.