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My brother's Betta fish (a male) stopped eating his food a while back (Betta pellets). After he didn't eat his food for a week or so, I started crushing his food on the food lid and then putting it right above wherever he was in the tank, and he started eating (not to much though) again.
Why did he start eating AFTER I crushed his food? Was it because his water's a little cold, and tropical fish (thus the name "tropical) need warmer water (he lives in room temperature water)? If so, how can I make his water warmer without putting him in direct light or using an aquarium heater?

[Sorry if this doesn't belong here, because this is my first day so I'm not exactly sure what to do with this sight, and am under 13. :p]
 

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Hello.
My brother's Betta fish (a male) stopped eating his food a while back (Betta pellets). After he didn't eat his food for a week or so, I started crushing his food on the food lid and then putting it right above wherever he was in the tank, and he started eating (not to much though) again.
Why did he start eating AFTER I crushed his food? Was it because his water's a little cold, and tropical fish (thus the name "tropical) need warmer water (he lives in room temperature water)? If so, how can I make his water warmer without putting him in direct light or using an aquarium heater?

[Sorry if this doesn't belong here, because this is my first day so I'm not exactly sure what to do with this sight, and am under 13. :p]
Welcome to the forum!

Possibly your betta couldn't fit the food in its mouth. What brand are you feeding? Maybe you should try to find a different type of food (flakes). Many bettas are picky eaters.

What temperature is your room temperature? Also, how large is your tank? Is it planted? Is it cycled?

P.S For future reference this should probally go in the betta fish section (sub-section of tropical fish).
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Possibly your betta couldn't fit the food in its mouth. What brand are you feeding? Maybe you should try to find a different type of food (flakes). Many bettas are picky eaters.

What temperature is your room temperature? Also, how large is your tank? Is it planted? Is it cycled?

P.S For future reference this should probally go in the betta fish section (sub-section of tropical fish).
Thank you!
And okay, next time I'll put it there!

Yeah, I thought about the food thing too. I feed him TetraBetta floating mini pellets. Next time I go to the store, I guess I should get flakes! :)
The temperature is about 60-65 degrees (kind of cold for a tropical fish I guess), and is 1 gallon (I will probably transfer him to a 2 1/2 gallon soon though). It is not planted (it just has a fake plant), and is not filtered.
 

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Thank you!
And okay, next time I'll put it there!

Yeah, I thought about the food thing too. I feed him TetraBetta floating mini pellets. Next time I go to the store, I guess I should get flakes! :)
The temperature is about 60-65 degrees (kind of cold for a tropical fish I guess), and is 1 gallon (I will probably transfer him to a 2 1/2 gallon soon though). It is not planted (it just has a fake plant), and is not filtered.
At that temperature your Betta is probally acting lethargic. Is it pale/colorless? Is very unactive? This is also probally one of the reason your Betta was not eating earlier. Bettas need a temperature of around 78 degrees. May I ask why you do not wish to buy an aquarium heater? When you get that 2.5 gallon I highly recommend you put in a heater.
 

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Okay thanks! Well, it depends. If the light is on in the room he's in, he'll swim around a bit.
The reason I don't use a heater is because my parents won't let me, as they think it might start a fire. Which I guess it could. :( Otherwise, I would DEFINITELY get one for him.
No, he's not really pale or anything. He's got a black body and orange fins...the same color he's been since we've had him for the last year and a half. Nothing noticably changing in him apart from eating. Flakes and new tank coming up very soon though!
 

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How could a heater start a fire? First off heaters have preset thermometers that turn it off when it reaches a certain temperature. Not only that but it only heats to 78 degrees, your body temperature is hotter than that. You can put your hand on it and it only feels a little warm. Even if the heater malfunctions and heats up to 90+ degrees that is still not hot enough to even cause something extremely combustable like oil to catch fire... Lastly, the heater is in water... How can something catch fire in water? Heaters are perfectly safe.

Think about it this way. The most flammable oil I could find combusts at... 320 degrees F. So you could fill a bowl with oil, have the heater malfunction and crank it up as high as it can... And you still, wouldn't be able to even come close to setting something on fire. I doubt an aquarium heater could ever set anything on fire.

If your parents still refuse to buy you a heater than I seriously advise against getting any tropical fish. If you can't provide for their needs don't get them at all.

P.S motor oil, generally considered on of the most combustable materials...combusts at 405 F, 4 times more than an aquarium heater can heat something to.
 

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Look into getting live plants for him. It will help with water quality, and cycling the new tank. Are you familiar with tank cycling?
If you don't cycle his new tank/add lots of live plants, the move could kill him unless you do daily water changes with a water conditioner such as Prime.
 

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Nope, not yet. :( But soon I think! Maybe a week or two! :)
Yeah, we named the Betta "Flash" because he has a blackish body (ash) and orange fins which resemble flames (flame) = Flash!
 

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Nope, not yet. :( But soon I think! Maybe a week or two! :)
Yeah, we named the Betta "Flash" because he has a blackish body (ash) and orange fins which resemble flames (flame) = Flash!
I named my guppy flash because his tail is flayed out and resembles a flaring betta and he has these patterns on his body that seem to glow. Combined those together and came out with flash.
 
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