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ketchjg 05-09-2008 11:02 AM

Betta not eating
 
Hello, everyone. I have a 1.5 gallon tank with a filter, heater, light, a plant, and a little cave hiding place for "Goldie." We've had our Betta for two weeks now, she seemed to be doing very well, but now has not eaten for two days. Please forgive me if these are repeat questions, but I'm new to the Betta world, and have a few questions.

1. Is it normal for Betta's to not eat for a couple of days?
2. How often do I need to change the water?
3. Do I do a 100% change since I have such a small tank?
4. I am using bottled water. Do I need to heat it up to 78 before I put the fish back into the tank?

Thanks for your help!

stephenmontero 05-09-2008 11:20 AM

well i am not sure some one will prob post after me but idk if u have to cycle that small of a tank or not but never do a 100% change cause that causes stress as for ur other questons

1. Is it normal for Betta's to not eat for a couple of days?
What kind of food are u feeding it some bettas dont like a certain type of food and wont eat it. you might have to try a new kind of food like freeze dried bloodworms or if u have a flake food get a pellet food.

2. How often do I need to change the water?
You should do 25% changes ever couple of days

3. Do I do a 100% change since I have such a small tank?
No i wouldnt recomend a 100% change its to much stress for the fish.

4. I am using bottled water. Do I need to heat it up to 78 before I put the fish back into the tank?
You should try to make it close. the heater will do the rest.

Welcome to the forum

Neo 05-09-2008 11:37 AM

follow montero's advice, and youll go far young one

Starzz 05-11-2008 06:02 AM

I've had my betta for 8 days now. I have him in a 1.5 gallon tank, with a plant and gravel. I don't have a heater, so the water is always room temperature, 70-73F. He is not eating. I have tried him on betta flakes, betta pellets and even freeze dried bloodworms. He swims up to the food, sniffs it, then swims away. What shall I try next?? Thanks for the help!


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