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Jmart354 01-24-2007 01:06 PM

Beta Fish won't eat
I have had this male Beta Fish for almost a year. Actually, he belongs to my son. We've kept him in a small beta bowl until "Santa" brought him a new 2 gallon filter tank for Christmas. He seemed quite happy in his new, larger home until a few days ago. He started sitting on the bottom & not eating. I thought that the filter was pushing the food to the bottom before he could eat it so I put him back in the small bowl with fresh water and fed him. He still won't eat. I even gave him a bloodworm which he ignored. He seems more active than he was in the larger tank. His fins are displayed & he's not sitting on the bottom. Why won't he eat? Are we going to lose our finned friend soon?

Matt 01-24-2007 01:10 PM

Mine does that sometimes and hes just fine now.
If i was You i would Just Leave Him Alone And not move him back and forth from tank to tank. just leave him in the 2 gallon tank for now
andgive him a day or 2. What it might be is that your moving him and he needs a day or 2 to settle in. That's My Opinion.

FDStation152 01-24-2007 02:58 PM

You might also check on what kind of water flow the filter on the larger tank is putting out. Bettas don't seem to do too well with heavy water flow. I used to breed them and never had anything bigger than a small sponge filter with airstone running. You also might want to compare the water parameters (temp, pH, etc) between the two tanks. Maybe something is off in the larger one. If the water is the same in two seperate tanks the fish can adjust to being moved back and forth just fine.

Matt 01-24-2007 03:11 PM

This is what i am useing for my Betta and he is just fine.

I think he just needs to settle in.

FDStation152 01-24-2007 03:20 PM

I've used that in a betta tank as well and they never did as well as they did with a sponge filter (I say they as in the female bettas that could be housed together. The males were seperated with dividers..usually 3 or 4 to a ten gallon tank). The ones furthest from the filter (reduced water flow due to the dividers) always were in better shape than the ones closest. That particular filter doesnt pump out a whole lot of water anyway really but I stick to my opinion that sponge filters are the way to go with fish that don't particular like the current. And in a small tank like he's using the fish doesn't really have anywhere to go to escape it. It would be different if the tank was larger and the fish could generally stay away from the current if they wanted.

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