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post #1 of 5 Old 02-07-2017, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Betta Fish Not Eating

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My little brother has a female betta fish named Phil. She doesn't appear to be eating but it's been 5 days and I can't see any differences, there is always extra food in the bowl. Do bettas not eat all of their food? Is this normal?

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-07-2017, 10:17 PM
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Has it been 5 days since he got the fish or has it been 5 days since it appears to have stopped eating?

It takes a really, really long time for a fish to starve to death, so you needn't worry about that. Causes for a fish not eating, however, will usually kill the fish well before it is in a position to starve to death so that should definitely be your focus. It's entirely likely that the fish is getting too much food. They don't need nearly as much as we think they do.

So first things first I would stop feeding the fish for a few days, for two reasons. 1 - if there's something wrong with the fish it's likely to refuse food anyways, which you think it's doing already, so no need to feed. Reason 2 - lets make sure the fish isn't just full. After a few days without food, offer a SMALL amount and observe. If there's something wrong with the fish, you'll see it not be interested in the food, or it will chew and spit out the food. If you watch it eat and swallow, great

One of the universal truths of fish keeping is that stressed fish don't eat. So, if a fish comes down with lock jaw you have to start on a checklist to find the cause. What I mentioned earlier has to do with determining if there's something wrong with the fish. The other possibility is that there is something wrong with the water. It's generally a good idea to do a water change any time you notice something off in your tank. That's your first line of defense.

If your problem is water quality, fasting the fish for a few days as I mentioned earlier will also help with that situation. If your bacteria colony is playing catch up, the last thing you need is to increase the waste production by feeding. Water tests are the only way to make sure your fish isn't being poisoned by ammonia or nitrite, or that your pH hasn't gone crazy. So THAT is the first order of business - make sure the water isn't the problem. Until you're done with the fast and see if the fish eats (assuming it's not a water quality issue) , all you can really do is observe and report any developments.

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post #3 of 5 Old 02-07-2017, 10:45 PM
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Most people reccomend to feed them as much as it can fit in the "surface of their eye" daily. So roughly, this will be around 4-10 pellets a day depending on the size of the pellet offered.

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Most people reccomend to feed them as much as it can fit in the "surface of their eye" daily. So roughly, this will be around 4-10 pellets a day depending on the size of the pellet offered.
She is currently fasting I will check on her tonight. Thanks for the help.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-10-2017, 07:21 PM
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Sorry, was meant to say that your betta may be eating, but in a small quantity that you may not notice.

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