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post #21 of 36 Old 04-18-2013, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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Day 21. No change in the eating. He is hiding in the floating plants or along the top of the tank in the corners. Considering there was more water movement when he was moving around and eating, I doubt that the reduced movement with the new spray bar is the issue... he started this before the change anyway. I am going to be adjusting it again to change the pattern a bit but I doubt that will make a difference either.

We've a new game now, hide and seek or where's Oscar today?

The shop had their freezer up yesterday but I was running around and couldn't leave anything that small in the far, it would thaw too quickly. I guess I should have thought to bring a freezer pack with me.

I was going to try some small insects, but haven't managed to catch anything other than ladybugs yet.... they're kind of large and give off some sort of odour chemical that I probably don't want in the tank anyway.

Either the vigil continues, or this is the new Oscar.

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post #22 of 36 Old 04-18-2013, 06:08 AM
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Poor Oscar! :( He must be eating something in there - is he growing thin?
My Betta has been known to eat snails. . . is this a possibility in your tank? You can't find him because he's hunting, maybe?!
I hope he's okay. . .

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post #23 of 36 Old 04-19-2013, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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OK, here are two shots of Oscar, one from back in his eating days and one from yesterday.

Can anyone tell which is which?

The real differences in the shots are that the second is at the back of the tank under the lights and the first is at the glass under natural light.

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I can't spot any differences.

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yeah, he looks fine to me. He must be eating something, or he'd be growing thin by now after so long with no food. I'm not a Betta expert by any means, but he looks healthy enough to me, and his belly seems nicely filled in - not bloated or hollow. *shrugs* I hope I'm right and he's been nomming on snails or something!
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The belly would not start to look thin until 4-6 weeks.

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post #27 of 36 Old 04-21-2013, 12:05 AM
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Were the shrimp added before or after his hunger strike?

I'm kind of starting to wonder if maybe he got a hold on either baby shrimp or some other live food source in the water, and now that's all he wants to eat. I've heard of fish refusing prepared food after getting live food, but I'm not sure how common that is.
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Were the shrimp added before or after his hunger strike?

I'm kind of starting to wonder if maybe he got a hold on either baby shrimp or some other live food source in the water, and now that's all he wants to eat. I've heard of fish refusing prepared food after getting live food, but I'm not sure how common that is.
I thought maybe shrimp but they were added long before this started.... well... couple months anyway. Last time we managed to count shrimp we found 6 of the 10 and that was last week. Seeing as we usually only ever see 0-3 I figured that our "visible to hiding" ratio is normally pretty low, so 6 could mean that all ten are there. I've seen no baby shrimp at all, no females "berried" either.

Who knows. We'll wee how this plays out. We are still holding onto winter here -7C last night (20F) so little insects to test feed are not out and about much yet. I might be able to find some small worms.

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post #29 of 36 Old 04-27-2013, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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The vigil is over.

Well, I guess Oscar was on a 30 day fast. This morning he ate at least one kibble. He might have eaten two but I've gotten so used to seeing him not eat that I wasn't paying as close attention as I normally do... I was checking out the new additions, three pepper corys to add to the singleton that we brought from work.... are they ever tiny. I'll post pics later.

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post #30 of 36 Old 04-27-2013, 01:19 PM
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HUZZAH FOR OSCAR!!! I'm happy to hear he finally was caught in the act of eating
(lol, I feed my dogs kibble, the fish get pellets *giggle*)
Congrats on the new arrivals, I hope they do well now that you've gotten a special hide for them. Looking forward to pics :)
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