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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-30-2019, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the comments and the suggestions.

Today would be the eighth day heís been in the tank. Still havenít managed to get him to eat anything consistently.

My pellets are very small, but he doesnít seem all that interested in them. I tried flake food, but he didnít even seem to notice it and just completely ignores it. I feed the freeze-dried blackworms broken into small pieces rather than as the whole worm, and heíll chew them up a bit before spiting out a bunch of bits. Heíll follow the bits around for awhile, but doesnít try to eat them again. I donít know if heís swallowing any of it or not, or just mulching it up.

He responds to movement rather than the food itself from what Iíve observed. Maybe he wasnít properly weened from live foods? I donít have access to any live foods at the moment to try him on, and the store doesnít stock any. Blackworms seem to be what heís most interested in though, so Iíll keep trying every day with those.

Iím worried heíll wither away on me if he doesnít start eating properly soon.

Aside from being difficult to feed he seems quite content. Heís very active, swimming around the whole tank, poking in the grass and swimming through the tunnel.

Looking forward to getting the tank properly planted though. Waiting on the fish store to get in a fresh batch of plants and then Iíll figure out what I need to buy online. The challenge after that is keeping them all alive.
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You're right that the betta just may have been fed live foods before, and so he doesn't recognize the pellets and such as food. Don't worry though, no betta will intentionally starve itself just to be picky. He'll get used to the food, just keep offering. Maybe try lighting touching it to the surface of the water a couple times, in and out, like a bug landing on the water. Might make him more interested. :)

As long as he's not sick from something else, he'll eat when he's hungry enough. :)
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Plus, if he's putting it in his mouth and spitting out he is getting *some* amount of food in there. He just might not be eating the whole thing. :)
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New plants!

Bought some anubias and ambullia from the store on Monday, and got busy planting that afternoon. Had to move a few things around.

Round and perfectly smooth rocks are great for betta fins, less so for planting anubias. Tried to nestle them between the rocks. One I tied to an upside-down mesh pot since it wouldnít stop floating away. The rhizomes are above the gravel, so hopefully theyíll be alright.

The ambullia is doubling as a floating plant at this point, which received the betta seal of approval and instantly became his new favourite sleeping spot.

No idea if any of these plants with thrive, or just turn into a big mess. Time will tell I guess.


New plants!
Sorry about the bad quality photo. The harsh contrast between light and dark makes it hard to get a good shot.

Think I might hold off for awhile on buying anymore plants. See how these do and evaluate at a later date.

Iíve been able to feed him on caught insects so far, whenever I managed to find him one. Iím looking into culturing live food, either daphina or brine shrimp, or both. Have some old brine shrimp eggs on hand. Donít know if they are still viable, but no harm trying I suppose.

Iíve had him two weeks today. About time I start thinking of a name for him.
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caught insects? Like in your house? I wouldn't recommend that as they could have been in contact with bug sprays, pesticides, ect. and you don't want to danger your betta unnecessarily. Culturing your own or buying a culture is much safer. :)

Love the plants though! I hope they do well! I need to get some large anubias for my tank, hmm....
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caught insects? Like in your house? I wouldn't recommend that as they could have been in contact with bug sprays, pesticides, ect. and you don't want to danger your betta unnecessarily. Culturing your own or buying a culture is much safer. :)

Love the plants though! I hope they do well! I need to get some large anubias for my tank, hmm....
I'm aware of the potential risks with caught insects. However, we don't use sprays, pesticides, aerosols or fragrances in our household so most things should be safe. Still the possibility of something contaminated migrating over from a neighbors' house, but our neighbors are few and properties are well spaced.

It's only a temporary solution until I have a stable food source he'll actually eat. I have to order cultures online, so anything will take time, and assuming they arrive still viable when post usually takes five business days even when express shipped.
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Plus, if he's putting it in his mouth and spitting out he is getting *some* amount of food in there. He just might not be eating the whole thing. :)
I won't name the brand but there's a Betta pellet food on the market that both my Betta's refuse to eat.

The pellet's are extra small, both Betta's will gulp a mouthful then spit out the pellets & show no interest afterwards.
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Well, the good news is after a lot of persistence he finally started accepting the blackworms and has been eating properly for the past week.

The bad news is, he took a sudden turn for the worse today, tucked himself into the anubis clump and has been sitting there, looking sick and miserable for the entire day. He seems to be breathing heavily and otherwise appears distressed and lethargic.

Not sure what is wrong with him, or how I can help. pH, KH, and GH are all stable. The tank isn't cycled yet I don't think, so there is ammonia present, but I dose daily with a conditioner that says it detoxifies ammonia/nitrites/nitrates, no idea how effective that is though. No nitrites that I can read, and minimal nitrates detectable. I've had trouble with keeping the tank heated, and the temperature varies by up to 3 degrees Celsius from one end to the other, depending on the time of day. Heat isn't circulating effectively. Been working on a solution to the circulation problem. It's been very cold in the night too lately, down to 12 C overnight in the house. The 50watt heater is struggling to keep up with the 27C I have set.

Maybe there is something wrong with the blackworms? I've heard live blackworms can be dangerous, with freeze-dried and frozen being less so, but not without risk. I wasn't planning to use them, but then he wouldn't eat pellets.

Or maybe he's been sick from day one. He's never lost those stress stripes, if that's what he has. And the problems with him eating. Even the live insects he seemed reluctant to keep down, yet any other fish I've fed just swallows things whole without a second thought.

Maybe there is something wrong with my rain water that keeps harming my fish.

Sigh...
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