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post #11 of 36 Old 04-06-2013, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Well, my daughter caught the bugger a couple of days ago and we put him in a floating isolation with opaque sides with some plants. He looks fine. Still not eating but is lively when moving about. I think it is about 9 days so far. I know some say fish will survive a couple of weeks without food...

I'm at a loss as to what may really be up... will a fish intentionally not eat for any reasons that don't indicate a problem?

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post #12 of 36 Old 04-06-2013, 11:46 AM
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Have you tried switching up his food to see if he'll eat anything at all? I've never met a betta who can resist a frozen blood worm or two and/or frozen brine shrimp.

If you're feeding betta pellets, try soaking them a bit in garlic water (crush a piece of garlic in a little tank water) and see if he'll take those. Don't throw the garlic into the tank tho ;/

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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An otherwise healthy fish will last for months, not weeks, without food. Though, if its not eating for a prolonged period of time, chances are its not "healthy".

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How's Oscar doing?
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post #15 of 36 Old 04-12-2013, 06:15 AM Thread Starter
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How's Oscar doing?
Fine, other than not eating. He's still in isolation but I am being pressured into releasing him into the tank again. I've lost track of how long it's been off hand now, got to be two weeks anyway.

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post #16 of 36 Old 04-15-2013, 06:52 AM
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I must be slow in getting it what will shelled peas and garlic do to help the critter?
Settle digestive issues, invigorate activity or provide perhaps needed minerals or vitamins.

Just a thought somewhat off topic ‘Do fish need light to be healthy’?

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I must be slow in getting it what will shelled peas and garlic do to help the critter?
Settle digestive issues, invigorate activity or provide perhaps needed minerals or vitamins.

Just a thought somewhat off topic ‘Do fish need light to be healthy’?

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Today will be day 18, still no change.

Garlic is supposed to be an appetite thing, peas helps in some sort of fish constipation. The garlic didn't work to get him to eat so I didn't bother with the peas. I was going to try some frozen worms or something but when I was at the LFS their freezer was off... lost a boat load of food due to a failure... so no freezies for the fishies.

I am going to collect some insects today and see if he might be interested in some kicking and screaming food.

I gave up on the isolation (family pressure), I put him back into the main tank. He hangs in the floating plants. This is the fist time I have been able to see his profile due to the opaque isolation container... he still looks fine, "breathing" normally, just is more skittish than normal, of me... not of the other fish though.

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post #18 of 36 Old 04-15-2013, 07:57 PM
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Change of scenery can make a big difference in fish behavior. My experience has been that you can't have too much cover for bettas. Even alone, they seem more relaxed when they can easily move about in relatively secretive surroundings. Are you sure he's not eating anything ? They don't need that much because of their sedentary lifestyle. Just some thoughts...

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Change of scenery can make a big difference in fish behavior. My experience has been that you can't have too much cover for bettas. Even alone, they seem more relaxed when they can easily move about in relatively secretive surroundings. Are you sure he's not eating anything ? They don't need that much because of their sedentary lifestyle. Just some thoughts...
He certainly is not eating anything offered and I cannot tell if he is eating anything else. When I put him back into the tank I pulled some dwarf hygros, all my pennywort and fluffed it up to make a large floating mat at one end... the shrimp seem to like it too. He hangs out in that and around where the vals curve up to and head across the surface. With my new spraybar setup the current is far less at the top which should also let him be more sedate up there.

I'm beginning to think that there is really nothing actually wrong with him other than his attitude, if a fish can have an attitude.

Time will tell.

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post #20 of 36 Old 04-18-2013, 02:35 AM
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I know a couple of fish that have attitudes, my daughter's Betta is among them! *rolls eyes at Betta attitudes*

Just checking in on your sick friend, any change?

I may have missed it, and it may not apply, but many people recommend feeding daphnia to help with possible constipation issues in these fish. It's less controversial than peas. Won't do any good if he won't eat it, but is a good thing to consider as a part of his future diet, after the shop gets their freezer back up to snuff, anyway.

Hope all is well. . .
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