11-13-2013, 11:47 AM
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Male Betta having unusual problem eating
My 3 year old male Betta has been fine for years, no issues, same 5 gallon tank, regular water changes, same surroundings (tank hasn't been moved), not in direct sun or heat, etc; then suddenly he had trouble aiming and getting his food, he would make many attempts and miss, almost as if his aim was off, then when he did finally get it in his mouth he couldn't swallow it, it would just sit in his mouth. Poor thing is exhausted after eating and trying to swallow. So I would put my fingertip in the water and he would bump his mouth on my finger to help pop the food in, sometimes it would work and sometimes he would just tire of trying. Usually he could get it on his own but lately hes just stopped trying to eat altogether :( he just sits/lays all day, moves around every now and again to a different spot to lay. never plays anymore. now hes starting to get pale and one of his gills looks a little funny the past week or so. This has been getting worse for about a month but just the past 2 days has he stopped trying to eat altogether. He was always very active, loved to play, until he started having the aiming issues. Can anyone help?? Please & Thank you!