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post #11 of 12 Old 02-16-2008, 06:42 AM
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Go to the thread about my betta where I said he is acting differently - because my betta stopped eating after I had him for almost 2 months. There is a lot of information there for you to look at - I tried almost all of it.

By the thermometer (sp?) to check the water - it's cheap and it's worth it to have it if you want your betta to be happy.

Mine loves the pellets - I thought he didn't like them anymore but he's eating again and happy - he just needed a small resting period. What I did was put one pellet on a spoon with water and let it get softened and then put it gently on his water. He started eating right away. Remember they do not need a lot of food - so one pellet in the morning is fine. Plus that pellet expands with the water so... you should not feed him anything bigger than the size of his eye.

The flakes are harder for my little one because they are too large. You have to break them up for them.

I even tried freeze-dried bloodworms. Again, he ignored these. And really these are just a 'treat' - it's not a main food thing.

Hopefully your betta is just getting use to his new environment. Water must be between 75 - 80 degrees. Changing water, the same way - anything colder will make a betta sluggish.

I have two plastic trees in the acquarium I bought for my little one - sometimes after a water change, he'll go hide behind them because he's mad at the disruption. About a day or two later or when he sees his food coming - he gets right back into the groove of things.

Good luck!
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-16-2008, 12:51 PM
Missdubk316 Just give him a couple of days and he should start eating. He just needs a little time to adjust to his new habitat. Mine did the same thing for the first three or four days.

Also you should buy a heater. Bettas need the temperature in the water to be around 76-80 degrees in the tank. This helps keep them healthy and they get sick a lot less. Also consider getting some live plants (and a bigger tank if you can 3 gallons is usually the minimum.) All of this will make your betta happier and healthier.

Please don't use the little cups the petstore has as a guideline for caring for your betta. Bettas are very mistreated animals most of the time. They need space and warm clean water.

Good Luck with your Betta!

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