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halohelen 04-14-2008 05:22 PM

My fish won't eat!
 
I just gotmy betta fish yesterday and it won't eat! I'm worried about him. And I put a mirror in front of him and he wouldn't do anything! I'm really worried, last night put some food in the tank and he didn't eat it! Now there is tons of disgusting food in the tank. And hes not doing anything. He's lying at the bottom of the tank and not doing anything. I'm really worried! Will anyone help me? :(

crazy4fish 04-14-2008 05:27 PM

ok well first off where did you get the betta? what size tank/bowl is it in? whats the temp of its tank? does the tank have a filter?

it might not be eating because it hasnt settled in yet. usually if you feed them as soon as you get them they wont eat it. if after a few days it still isnt eating then somwething is wrong.

and just so you know, you shouldnt do the mirror trick too often as it will stress the fish out.

southafrica1001 04-15-2008 01:07 AM

another question has your tank cycled? and the water parameters (ph ammonia nitrites nitrates) what are they do you know?

edit : what about the colour of the fish, has it lost any colour or is pale?

Flashygrrl 04-15-2008 06:09 AM

I agree, usually they don't eat when you first switch to a new tank.

Now, let's talk about how much your feeding. You shouldn't have "a ton" of food on the bottom of the tank already. What you should be doing is trying to feed either 2 pellets AM and PM or 3-4 daily. Take a turkey baster and suck all the junk off the bottom of the tank before it pollutes the water.

mitcore 04-15-2008 08:03 AM

give it some time to settle, other then that try and feed a few times a day only small amounts and clean out the tank, base, it will stop ammonia spiking and your nitrates going to high, which could kill him
cheers

Neo 04-15-2008 11:03 AM

try betta splendinds, its a food with flakes and little pieces of brine shrimp, superman eats it up, as well as my danios and pleco, mix it up wit some frozed dried bloodworms, i thnk thats what i have. they both come in little bottles, only give him the bloodworms 2 to 3 times a week, mix it up its a treat, bettas r very picky with there food, so try to experiment,

hope this helps

JMeenen 04-15-2008 11:06 AM

mine like beef heart, peas & brine shrimp flakes (very stinky)..spoiled little fish.

stephenmontero 04-15-2008 12:30 PM

mine likes live ghost shrimp and its fun to watch him catch it

JMeenen 04-15-2008 01:06 PM

Cool


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