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4 years ago #1
*Sara*
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I recently bought a betta fish from petco. This betta just doesn't eat, and I really don't know what the problem is. His food right now is "Betta fish tropical medly" which is some kind of flake food. Please help me!!!!

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4 years ago #2
ChaosReborn
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I'm relatively new to betta fish but my crowntail didn't eat for a few days after putting him in his new home. Although I feed mine pellets, I haven't tried flakes.

How long have you had the betta? What size tank is he in and does it have a filter?

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4 years ago #3
dkpate
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Flakes tend to bloat bettas.
Bettas usually don't eat for the first few days. If you don't have a heater in there to keep the water at 78-82*, then he might not eat much at all.
How big is the tank you have him in? Do you have a filter?

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4 years ago #4
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Hi Sara,

Welcome to our forum! It is quite normal for a betta not to eat during first week or so, he needs adjusting to his new home. Now few questions for you some already asked by Dk and Chaos - how big is his tank, does it have filter and heater. Does it have any hiding place for your Betta, plants? Is it a proper tank or a bowl?

Betta is a tropical fish so it will thrive and stay healthy only when temp is 78-82F. also please if you still do not know about nitrogen cycle - familiarise yourself so you know how to cycle teh tank and why beneficial bacteria re so important. The best would be to get yourself test kit for ammonia, nitrite (both should be at zero! as they are very toxic to fish) and nitrate (tolerated to 40ppm, but should be lower in the long term).

Also bettas are very clever fish - they will learn to recognise their name, do their dancing as begging for food and really interact with you. They breathe atmospheric air so easy access to water surface is necessary. Please if he does not eat either stop feeding for few days or feed him boiled de-shelled pea. any uneaten food should be removed after few minutes as it will cause toxins to spike. Depending on the tank volume partial water changes should be done weekly or twice a week (for smaller tanks). ideal for a Betta is 5g tank. remember to treat water with conditioner. Hikari betta gold pellets are good food choice but pre-soaked, not dry, you can pre-soak in aquarium water, dry food as already mentioned causes some bloating problems, and betta are quite prone to it.

Hope it helps. Let us know how he is doing and try to tell us more about your set up so we can help more

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2 years ago #5
b bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
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try blodworms only $2.99, it works!!!!!!!!!!!

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2 years ago #6
Stubby15
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Hi , i also have a Betta fish and he hasn't ate in about 3 weeks i have tried bloodworms and he doesn't even look at it hes in a bowl under a lamp he has no hiding spots or plants please help me.

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2 years ago #7
thea
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likely as not in a small bowl either ammonia or nitrites are high. Betta really should be in tanks of 3+ gallons in order to stay healthy.

He also needs a heater and a filter. Putting him under a lamp will make the water too hot when it is on and too cold when you turn it off. Heaters regulate the temperature so that it does not vary too much. A change of even a few degrees can hurt fish.

Just like us a betta will not eat if he is feeling sick. Improper water paramaters will make him feel really terrible.

And if he has nowhere to rest or hide then this will increase his stress. Bettas can go a week without food but three weeks means something drastic needs to change.

Both ammonia and nitrite need to be at 0ppm. Get your water checked at your local pet store -- get numbers. And do water changes with conditioned temperature matched water when ammonia is 0.25ppm or higher.

If he is feeling beter he will eat.

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2 years ago #8
Aaron hem
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yes i have the same problem

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2 years ago #9
momtoangel
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Anyone who has a Betta that won't eat, PLEASE PLEASE go to PETCO and pick up some NEW LIFE SPECTRUM BETTA FORMULA pellets. It's a good food laced with garlic which Bettas love. (Bloodworms should not be a steady diet for Bettas).
Many people have thanked me for recommending these pellets for their Bettas, so please try them.
I drop ONE teeny tiny pellet in front of him, after he eats that one, drop another, and another, and another. It's not unusual for a Betta to eat 10-12 pellets at a time - that's how small they are! They will actually chase down the pellet when you drop it. By feeding them one at a time, you lessen the chance of the food falling to the bottom and fouling up your tank. Let us know if you try them and how they worked

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2 years ago #10
Abc123
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I had the same problem with my fishy! He didn't eat after I got him. I say you just make sure the water is warm (don't check with your finger! You'll get germs in the tank!) also, make sure the fish is happy where he is. Is he in a bright room? Is he comfortable with his food? Does he need a bigger tank? You have to think what's best for the beta and not what's best for you. I think your fish is just not used to his habitat yet. Get him used to it! (My fish died after 1 week! Never ate! But then I realized I wasn't checking his water and putting him in warm places! So do what's best for the beta fish!)

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2 years ago #11
Jeanette527
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My Bette wouldn't eat the flakes, large pellets, or tiny pellets but absolutely loves the mid size pellets along with an occasional treat of freeze dried blood woms, Keep experimenting and you will find something. Good luck!

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1 year ago #12
eng
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put some plants . they like 1 big plant to play around.

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1 year ago #13
betta person
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my Betta has not eaten for weeks and we tried blood worms he didn't even bother what do9 i do?

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1 year ago #14
drew crump
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I've had him four about three days and feed him tropical flake food and he is in a tow and half gallon tank with filter please reply

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1 year ago #15
Timedformula8
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First please post in the green box on the right.Second true frozen blood worms and two and a half gallons is the minimum for bettas so good job he needs a heater though.Third never do 100percent water changes use a turkey blaster to get waste or a the petco mini gravel vac.Did you cycle the tank?If it isn't cycled do 30percent water changes every day for at least one month I would recommend the api masters test kit because the test strips are not accurate.When you get nitrates your tank is cycled you want 6-8ph,0ammonia(any amounts toxic to the fish),under 20 nitrates,and under 40nitrates.

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1 year ago #16
Timedformula8
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Also flakes are not for bettas pellets are new life spectrum is the best but,aqueon pellets work and omega pellets also.

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1 year ago #17
Joni
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Timed formula... I believe meant 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and around 20 nitrates.

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1 year ago #18
jocool47
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Feed it pellets...

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1 year ago #19
Timedformula8
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Thanks for correcting me Joni.

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1 year ago #20
Jeanette
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How clean is his water? I have discovered that the water can look great but if there gets to be a slime film or a lot of bubbles that he makes for the bubble nest, he slows down and doesn't eat very much.
Try the different sizes of beta pellets. Mine would not touch the large ones nor the flakes.
Try parboiling a green pea for only a few seconds, then take the skin off and cut it Into small pieces and give it to him. You could stab a little onto a toothpick with most of it hanging off and he might grab it off to eat.
Do you test the ammonia level of the water? If it is high, they don't feel so hot.
Good luck. I hope some of the suggestions help.

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1 year ago #21
Pleco23
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Try feeding him a different type of food. I feed mine Hikari betta pellets.

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1 year ago #22
bettafish
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my sister and i got ours from petco. make ate, but for the first two weeks my sister's fish wouldn't. it eventually started to eat, and it is still alive now.

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1 year ago #23
Sad face
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My betta wouldn't eat after I tried three kinds of food in a 2.5 gallon tank with plants to oxygenate the treated water that I changed 2x a week. Sadly He was swimming around fine this morning and i just found him dead. Still not sure what I did wrong or if he was already unhealthy when I got him from petsmart. Thoughts?

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1 year ago #24
Jeanette
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That is sad. Do you have any idea as to how old he was? It is unfortunate but he just might have been diseased when you got him.

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1 year ago #25
lucia moony
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He might be too cold.Put your betta under the sunlight for about one hour.Since betta are tropical fish,they need to be warm.

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1 year ago #26
lucia moony
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That is bad.My fish was like that too.I had to change his water.

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1 year ago #27
lucia moony
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Formula? I never thought of that!

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1 year ago #28
Joni
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In the end we are all commenting on a very old thread. We need to remember to check the dates in the upper right hand corner before replying. Odds are this issue is over with. Lets allow this thread to die out. Cheers.

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1 year ago #29
thea
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Actually Joni,

It is originally an old thread but the latest posts are commenting on guest sadface's announcement of the death of his betta, 1 day, 5 posts ago, who asked for thoughts as to what happened. S/He should have posted his own thread but many times guests do not realize it. You probably did not notice that.

Sadface, do you have a heater? Bettas need heaters. Without a bit more information though there is no way for us to guess what happened.

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1 year ago #30
Joni
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You are correct. Sorry for your loss sadface!

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