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Betta not eating, otherwise looks fine
Old 04-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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Betta not eating, otherwise looks fine

It appears that Oscar, the betta, is on hunger strike. It's been about three days that he has not come out to eat. He mainly floats in amoung the plants, which isn't unusual other than he doesn't swim around all that much. I know he won't starve to death intentionally so either something is up that is not apparent or he's just trying to slim down.

I haven't changed much, a heavy pruning early in the last week with a 30% water change, same food, no new additions. I'll probably change water today, maybe tomorrow. He appears fine, great colouration, fins are healthy, "breathing" is normal, when he does move, it is active and not sluggish.

I would QT him but I feel that would be more stressful than just leaving him be at this point.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
 
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I'd say the fish is stressed - fish don't eat when they are stressed.

I'm sure you've tested the water...
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:42 AM   #3
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I'd say the fish is stressed - fish don't eat when they are stressed.

I'm sure you've tested the water...
Yah, everything is fine... even nitrates are below 5ppm. Oh, fine for me is when ammonia and nitrites are zero and the pH is steady... for reference.

I just can't think of anything in particular that would be a stressor right now. I doubt that he is missing the dwarf hygros that I removed as that is the only thing that has changed .

I can't see that he has all of a sudden become stressed over the other fish in the tank, there's been no sign of nipping, aggression either way or even any territorial behaviour between him and the barbs... although I am sure it is a possibility I hesitate to move him into a different setting.

I have never found anything that addresses what GH they would be best in. I've seen everything from "adapt to anything" to nothing being mentioned at all... even in the profiles here. This is the only thing that might be a long term issue as my water is hard and the softening of the plants has been reduced so a water change effectively increases the hardness or maintains the high levels. The other fish are OK in the water, they were selected specifically for that reason.

Betta information seems to be notoriously inconsistent.

Not much I can come up with other than wait and see as I don't think that making changes will be of any benefit.

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Old 04-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
 
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Whats the temperature? What size tank and what other fish are with him?
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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I get so used to checking peoples' aquariums in their profile that I forget others don't.

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:20 PM   #6
 
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yeah i was on the mobile site earlier lol.
hm. doesnt seem like anything environmental. maybe he's just sick?
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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Perhaps. I'm going to isolate him once I can catch him. Pretty darn lively for a sick fish.

I have a feeling that the huge pruning may be a contributing factor and maybe he is just hiding. I know the barbs are active but have not been a problem yet. Now there is a rather large open water area. He is always hanging in the leaves of the floating stems or amongst the vals where the barbs are not.

I will float a isolation tank with opaque sides and drop some of the plants in there and see what happens. If I am correct he may need to be retanked until the plants fill back in or perhaps even permanently. If I am not.... time will tell.

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Old 04-01-2013, 10:25 PM   #8
 
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Is his tummy looking normal? The only thing I can think is that he may have caught a shrimp and gorged himself on it to the point of being sick, I've heard about it happening before. He may also have a blockage of some kind, maybe try feeding him shelled peas?

I honestly have no idea but I hope he gets better!
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:54 PM   #9
 
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I get so used to checking peoples' aquariums in their profile that I forget others don't.

78F
37 gallon
Planted
Cherry barbs
Emerald catfish
Cherry shrimp

Jeff.
It's not always up to date, I've found. Never hurts to make sure. I know several times I've went and looked and spent a lot of time making a very thorough post, only to hear "I don't have those fish anymore."
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:59 AM   #10
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True.

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