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Eeyore 05-24-2008 08:42 PM

Why is my betta not eating?
 
My girl betta is not eating and I don't know why. If anybody can help me then please do. :(

Ariel 05-24-2008 11:01 PM

I dont think females eat differently than males. My male betta like freeze dried blood worms. Bettas often get sick of pellets. You could also try brine shrimp.

bettaboy 05-24-2008 11:01 PM

How long have you had her, and what are you feeding her, and how long have you been feeding her this food?

Meatpuppet 05-24-2008 11:12 PM

bettas are picky. you could either keep trying to feed the fish your current food, and he will eventually eat it, or you could try various brands of pellets/flakes until you get one he likes. and fozen bloodworms/brineshrimp once a week is good too there is a hight chance he'll devoure those

Flashygrrl 05-25-2008 06:41 AM

Getting in the habit of feeding bloodworms and brine shrimp when they won't eat other foods isn't good and can lead to bloat, those foods should be fed about once a week and not a whole lot of it. If they don't want to eat then they can just go hungry, if it goes on for longer than a week then there's an underlying problem. If your betta is new, they usually won't want to eat for 3-4 days so just hang in there.

adrian08 06-13-2008 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Flashygrrl
Getting in the habit of feeding bloodworms and brine shrimp when they won't eat other foods isn't good and can lead to bloat, those foods should be fed about once a week and not a whole lot of it. If they don't want to eat then they can just go hungry, if it goes on for longer than a week then there's an underlying problem. If your betta is new, they usually won't want to eat for 3-4 days so just hang in there.

but do u still suggest to keep on feeding the fish in that 3-4 day-shy-eating period? :?

okiemavis 06-13-2008 04:18 PM

It's always recommended not to feed more than they will eat in a 1-2 minute period. So try one tiny little bit of food, and if she won't eat that, don't add anymore until the next day.

Also, what are your water parameters? Ammonia, nitrite, nitrates and temperature? Are you using test strips or liquid? Water quality in a new tank can be shaky, so if anything is off, that may be stressing her and causing her to not eat.


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