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jlmom 04-21-2008 08:56 PM

my betta is not eating, spending most time at the bottom
i a few months old, male Betta, named Jose Luis Rodriguez. He usually has a great appetite. Recently I added a filter and aquarium salt as suggested by the pet shop rep. Before that, Jose Luiz was turning white and his bowl water was getting yellow too often. Since I added the filter, his color has returned; however, he has been refusing to eat and his tail is always closed.

He goes for the food, but spits it out immediately. He is also spending most of his time at the bottom. Before he liked sleeping upright, now he is just lying flat in the rocks. Also, before the filter he was able to swallow a whole warm, now he just picks at it. I wonder if he is having a hard time opening his mouth. It seems like he is loosing weight!

Does anyone has any idea what's happening to my lovely Jose Luis?

Meatpuppet 04-21-2008 09:03 PM

you should not be using aquarium salt for a betta- unless he is really sick.
usally pet store staff dont know what they're talking about.

how big is your tank?
do you have a heater? (required for bettas)
water parameters? (nitrite, nitrate, ammonia)
what is your water changing schedual?

jlmom 04-21-2008 09:16 PM

I don't have a heater, never knew it was required! I have a 1 gallon bowl. how can i read the water parameters--didn't know i needed to do that either.

I have been using distilled water, and was changing 50% and fully once a week. Since the petshop told me that my fish was stressed and over fed, i go the filter. I haven't changed the water in 6 days, and still looks clear.

Meatpuppet 04-21-2008 11:01 PM

oh yes you dont need to change the water any more than 50% a week. too much could shock your fish

Its always good to know your parameters (tested with a master liquid test kit you can get at your local fish store) Never get the test strips they are expensive and they are inaccurate with water readings.

and a heater is always needed for a betta. they are tropical fish and are used to living in 78 degree water constantly if not they can become lethargic and prone to illneses. rule for heater- 5 watts per gallon.
its good that you have the filter. those always help. :thumbsup:

i would suggest upgrading your tank size to at least a 3 gallon. bettas CAN live in small spaces, unlike most fish, but they will be happy with a little more swiming room.
you should try to stop putting in salt. bettas can easily live in fresh water.

after you get all the basics covered right, bettas really dont need that much care and they'll live much longer. good luck

jlmom 04-22-2008 01:37 PM

thank you!!! i have been thinking of switching to a double fish tank, where i can keep two bettas seperately--i still feel that Jose Luis would be happy if he had some company!

I'll look for that heater. Everything makes sense lately, his mood changes with the weather!.

Once again, thanks.

Meatpuppet 04-22-2008 04:37 PM

thats great! :D

make sure you get a good divider for them two unless you plan on hosting some fish fights.... JKS dont do
how big of a tank are you planning for the two of them?

missfish1996 04-23-2008 08:06 PM

Glad everything worked out

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