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Old 02-07-2012, 04:31 PM   #1 
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Unhappy betta really skinny and not eating

so, this isn't for one of my own bettas but for a beautiful blue CT male at work. he came in on friday. he hasn't eaten yet and has looked super skinny since he came in. he seems to be acting pretty normal but not as healthy as i'd like him to act. i've tried feeding him pellets, blood worms, and brine shrimp. no luck. he just gets frightened by it. he's in our QT tank that's heated to i believe about 78* and he's floating in his cup. i'm going to bring in a clove of garlic tomorrow when i go in to see if he'll try to eat a pellet soaked in garlic water. does any one have any other suggestions???
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:31 PM   #2 
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Have you tried live food?
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:03 PM   #3 
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we don't carry live food, except feeder goldfish/minnows. and i have no idea where to get any around here.
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My girls are great about eating no matter what, but my male won't eat if he's "mad" at me. I.e. past due for a water change, water gets too cold, etc. If he's new, give him a few more days to adjust. Make sure the water conditions are good and he has some hiding places (caves are obviously great, but I've found that most bettas still like to hide in something leafy and green, even if it's fake). It can take some skiddish bettas a long time to adjust to a new environment. If he's otherwise acting healthy, just make sure conditions are good and give him time.
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