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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-18-2010, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy My sick Betta won't eat

Hi everyone,

I've searched the forums and read a few of the posts about people with sick bettas not eating, and I found some quite similar.

First of all, my betta is a male and he is at least 2 years old.
He is kept in a bowl that is over one gallon in size, sadly due to parental restrictions I can't give him a larger more ideal setting.

So, it started like this, I went away and gave him to some people to look after for a couple of weeks. When I got him back he could barely swim, I thought he was on death's door (he wasn't eating at this point). After some research I found it was most likely a fungal infection (there was a white spot on his head). I went straight away to the pet shop and bought some fungus cure to put in the water. Now, about 6 days after he has regained a LOT of energy and seems active at times, but he still just lays on the bottom of the bowl all day and hasn't eaten in at least 7 days.

I know from reading other posts that this could be to do with temperature (although we do keep a warm house most of the time) or ammonia. But I'm regularly doing water changes.

I'm really worried and don't know where to go from here..

I'd really appreciate anybody's advice as to what I can do.
Thanks

EDIT: He also seems to be coming up for air quite a bit.

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I agree, your water needs to be tested asap. Unfortunately, as you know, the best thing you could do would be to move him to a larger tank . Without doing that, it's hard to say if my advice will work.

But anyways, make sure you're doing water changes daily. The new water should be the same as the old water as far as temperature and pH go so make sure of that. Bettas are hardy but you don't want to stress a sick fish.

What medication did you use?

I hate to say this (since it's out of your control), but infections are caused by poor environments 99% of the time. Water too cold/too hot/fluctuating, ammonia/nitrite, not much room to swim (this also means that toxins don't get diluted), no filtration (adding some hardy live plants could help make up for this--try java ferns or java moss), etc.

If it was me and I couldn't change tanks, I'd keep up the medication (never stop treatment in the middle, always follow the directions exactly), do daily water changes, test the water, and add some live plants to help control ammonia. I'd also feed some live and/or frozen foods to keep his immune system up (bettas seem to really thrive when offered live insects/worms sometimes, like fruit flies and blackworms).




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Thanks so much for your advice guys, but sadly he didn't last long enough for me to even test the water..

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I'm sorry for your loss .




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Sorry for your loss. Next time, try feeding him frozen blood worms or a different kind of food. Adding a tiny bit of salt may also help.
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Sorry for your loss. Next time, try feeding him frozen blood worms or a different kind of food. Adding a tiny bit of salt may also help.
Salt? Beta fish are freshwater, aren't they? That doesn't sound right to me.
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Salt? Beta fish are freshwater, aren't they? That doesn't sound right to me.
They meant freshwater aquarium salt. Freshwater systems like lakes aren't just pure water, they also contain salt and other minerals. While it wouldn't be good for bettas to be exposed to salt constantly, they can tolerate it. Salt can actually kill some bacteria and parasites. In this case I don't think it would have helped but it wouldn't have harmed the fish.




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Well, you learn something new everyday. Then again, I was thinking the kind of salt you would put in with Nemo and Dory. =P
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