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rrrc9b
09-22-2009, 09:56 PM
Hello,

I picked up two Crowntail Betta males about a week and a half ago. At first, neither was interested in eating- both just kind of hung in place and seemed depressed. However, one of them has since started eating (only flakes, though- had to go get him his own special food! :roll:), and the other is just... not. Before, he would show interest in what I gave him and would sometimes eat a little that had sunk to the bottom. Now, he couldn't care less. I've tried pellets, flakes, even brine shrimp- and he just sits there. I've moved him over next to the girls to see if that would perk him up, I've moved him from my hallway, which doesn't get much sun, to my room, I have a lamp on over him right now- he kind of drifts around, but just doesn't seem to care much about life. Any suggestions?

Mzungu
09-22-2009, 10:33 PM
Where did you get him?

Have you tried bloodworms?

rrrc9b
09-22-2009, 10:59 PM
Where did you get him?

Have you tried bloodworms?

I got him (both of them) at Petco. I haven't tried bloodworms, but I'll see tomorrow if that sparks any interest. The main problem now is that he just doesn't care when any food enters his water.

MerrittA
09-23-2009, 12:05 AM
Sounds like he is depressed. Just keep up what you are doing, giving him different options on food, changing his surroundings (showing him girls and boys), and keeping his home clean. I have found that with fresh mosquito larvae and a fun girl to show off to they eventually get out of their rut.

rrrc9b
09-23-2009, 08:28 AM
Ok, thanks. I'll try moving one of the boys over there today and see if I can spark any kind of response.

OrandaMan
09-28-2009, 08:29 PM
I saw something at Fish Gallery about a month ago and forgot about it, but this has jogged my memory. They had this "toy" - a floating ball that has a mirror suspended from it. You put it in the betta's tank for a few minutes and he reacts to it, flaring. Supposed to be good for a workout. I haven't tried it nor asked anyone about it, but unless someone has a bad experience I plan to get one for myself.

If it works out, it might be worth a try.

rrrc9b
09-29-2009, 11:28 AM
Thanks- if I have this happen again, I may try it. The fish I was referring to in the previous message ended up dying the day after I posted this :( so I can't try it and let you know how it goes.

lilmissruffcountry
09-29-2009, 12:04 PM
Ok, thanks. I'll try moving one of the boys over there today and see if I can spark any kind of response.

if you have a tub of water outside that has mosquito larva in it...you can try those...they always like live foods, something about moving food that can spark an interest!

rrrc9b
09-29-2009, 01:42 PM
if you have a tub of water outside that has mosquito larva in it...you can try those...they always like live foods, something about moving food that can spark an interest!

Good idea! Thanks!

rrrc9b
12-02-2009, 04:18 PM
So, I have another fish (also from Petco... let's just say I won't be buying any from them anymore) that has decided to watch his figure... meaning that he may, or may not, eat one pellet at meal times. Occasionally he will eat two, and sometimes (and this is when I get excited- sad, eh?) he will eat three. I give him food in the morning and at night, hoping that somehow he will get what he needs. However, most days he will only eat one pellet, and sometimes none. I don't understand how he's still doing ok. I'm going to look and see if I can find the floating mirror, but new suggestions? It's so cold up here that I think (and hope) that all of the mosquito larva are... incapacitated...

Again, I've moved him around like I did with the other one, and right now he's by my girls, which at first seemed to help but isn't doing anything anymore. I think putting him by the guys made him worse.

Mzungu
12-02-2009, 06:14 PM
I still say try bloodworms (frozen). :D Bettas go crazy for them!

PhishPhreek
12-02-2009, 06:41 PM
could be depression, could be the food is not what he is used to, could be internal parasites, could be he hasn't adjusted to the different water parameters.

Make sure you do weekly water changes.

I like to "card" my males. place an index card between their jars so they cant see each other and then once a day remove the card for 15 min. so they get some exercise. Or you can float his jar in a tank of female bettas.

Nothing makes a betta happier than live wiggly food. Daphnia, skeeters, skuds or Brine shrimp should be available in the back yard or at your LFS.

Anytime you get a new fish you should put them in quarantine and if you don't know their history you may want to do some preventive medication.

rrrc9b
12-02-2009, 09:30 PM
Ooh, I forgot about the bloodworms- and I was at Petsmart today. Dang!

And my post was misleading- I didn't just get this fish, I've had him for a while. He has been a picky eater, but only recently has he decided to not eat. But what do you mean by preventative medication?

He is unable to see the other males from where he is now- only females. I tried the mirror thing but got no response. I will definitely try floating him with the females, though. And I have a bucket outside that may have some mosquito larva in it- but with the cold weather we've been having, I'm not sure there will be any currently...