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Old 01-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Not Eating?

Well a few nights ago, (Two days) I brought home two new bettas. A female CT, and a male DT. They are both beautiful! The DT is pure white, no markings. The CT is red, white, and blue. I bought them from a Petco (They always have gorgeous, healthy fish.) and I noticed that neither one of them will eat. They'll look at the food, and swim away. I feed all my bettas Hikari pellets, four a day.
I've done some research, and from what I understand, they're just nervous being in a new home. When I bought them, the owner had said they had just come in the day before. So I'm hoping that they just need some time to get used to things, but I've never had this problem before. My past fish have always eaten right away in their new home. I'm typing this up just to be on the safe side. I think I just need a little reassurance to be honest. I'm just very nervous..Is there anything I can do to help them calm down?
Any advice is much appreciated.
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Old 01-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #2 
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I wouldn't be too worried yet. They could just be stressed out. Often times the water they come from is not ideal and so just getting into clean water can be a shock in itself depending on how it was done.

Are they showing any other signs of illness? Bloating? Clamped fins? Lethargic? Loss of color? Anything? Also have they pooped yet and what does it look like?

It would also be helpful if you could fill this out so we could get an idea of the environment and would like to see pictures if you're able to post them.

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?

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

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?


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)?
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