beta not eating & bloated

petitsecretsaleJuly 30, 2010

OK...I am new to the forum and have read a similar posting, but my poor little beta is not eating and is bloated too :'( He really has me worried. We just recently moved, so I decided that he too deserved an update on his pad. We bought him a two gallon tank and a little castle with some plants. He seemed to really like it at first, but now he just lodges himself in the plant and stays close to the surface. He swims every now and then, but nothing erratic. We have only had him a year, and I am really concerned about the little guy. I have offered him food and teased him with it every day...but nothing. Any ideas???

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My betta just died after i moved him to a new tank. I think he didn't like the air bubbler because it created a current around the tank. Idk much about this stuff... i just know that moving fish to a new tank is tricky business.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 11:56AM
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I would say you're feeding him too much, but if you've kept him that way for a year already then I'm not really sure. I've seen a betta that was fed everyday (they will eat and eat until they make themselves sick) and it bulged and got sick, this particular betta did not make it, but that was over a few months. I feed mine every other day at the least. I've also changed tanks with a betta before he also loved it and then he just seemed to get bored and didn't care anymore.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 2:44AM
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Do you have a heater? Bettas need warm water, about 78 degrees would be OK.

Bettas should be fed in small amounts twice a day, and let them "fast" one day a week. My bettas fast every Friday.

I find my bettas enjoy a 2-1/2 gallon tank with NO filter, but a heater, silk plants, substrate and some aquarium salt added for stress.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2010 at 3:23AM
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