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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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betta fish wont eat please help ASAP

I have had this betta for 1 1/2 years. I know thats old for a fish but he wont eat. I have an aquarium that is good size, a filter, light,a treasure chest and fake plant. He wont eat and he is staying towards the bottom of his tank. He hides and wont come out. This is very unusual for him. I am extremely worried that he is about to die. Is there any thing I could do??????
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 08:09 PM
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Acually, 1 1/2 isnt that old for a betta... Ive had one that lived over 5 years. C:
Exactly how big is your tank?
And, it is normal for bettas to hide at the bottom of the tank alot. Most spend quite a bit of their time sleeping and hiding in the decorations. They only really need to eat a lil bit every 2 or 3 days, so he just might not be hungry.
If your still worried about him, a partial water change usually perks them up quite a bit.



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Thanks for the advice I just cleaned his tank about a week and a half ago. The main reason this worries me is because he is normally a very excited fish always swimming around espically when he sees me and knows its time for food. He is extremely slow. He is laying on his side and that scares me the most. My tank is about a gallon(i think). Any way thanks again for the advice
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i think with a tank that small you need to be doing partial water changes more often than that... i could be wrong though

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You tank is most likely your problem... Fish should have at least 5 gallons of water to live in.



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Im not sure how big it is. But I dont think its a 5 gallon Any way could to much food in the tank like 7 pieces make the water green and kill him?
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Your tank is pretty small, so I assume you don't have a heater (since it's almost impossible to safely heat such a small aquarium). Do you have a thermometer? It might be too cold for him, bettas are tropical fish.

Try offering frozen bloodworms and/or brine shimp, those tend to be betta favorites.

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You are right I do not have a heater but I do have a thermometer. Its 75 right now. I cleaned his tank a week ago and its already green. Could that be because there is to much fish food at the bottom? Could that kill him?Im so confused
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www.rabbit.org for house rabbit info. I would compare my rabbit more to a dog than to something small like a hamster or something. They need a lot of attention and vet care for them can get really expensive. I can't speak for g.pigs because I've never had one before.

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Your tank could be turning green from algae... Is it in direct or partial sunlight?



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He is not in the sunlight. He has a light instead. I just think its weir that his tank already turned green in only 1 weeeks time. I think its because he has so much food at the bottom he wont eat. Could that kill him??? Should I do another tank cleaning?
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If you tank turns green, then ya.
I bigger tank would help too.



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I just dont know if he can handle another cleaning. But if he can it might make him better. (I think)
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When you clean it, do you drain all to water or only half? Draining all the water is extremly stressful on fish, and if thats how your cleaning it, it could be causing problems for your fish.



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