I have a pet fish but my fish won't eat anymore.

@bjskid (322)
United States
February 2, 2007 11:06am CST
How do i make it eat again? It's a betta fish.
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@sedel1027 (17852)
• United States
2 Feb 07
This could be a number of things. When was the last time you changed its water? Is the water clear or murky? If it has been over a week and the Betta is in an unfiltered fish bowl, then you need to change it ASAP. Does the fish look sick? Spots, not acting like itself, etc. Have you changed anything it is bowl lately that would cause it stress? Have you been over feeding it (if you use the pellets, most Bettas will only east a few per day)? That could be a cause. How long has it gone without eating? Most fish can live up to 5 days without eating. If it has only been a day, I would not be worried.
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@bjskid (322)
• United States
2 Feb 07
The water is very clear! And he not look like a sick fish :P I'm very scared.
@sedel1027 (17852)
• United States
3 Feb 07
The water may look clear, but it may notbe in good condition. When was the last time you changed it? Ar eyou treating the water befor eyou put the fish in it?
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@ssh123 (31096)
• India
2 Feb 07
Contact one Ms. Drucilla. She knows quite a bit about betta fish.
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@bjskid (322)
• United States
2 Feb 07
who is ms. drucilla?
@clownfish (3276)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Hi! Bettas love bloodworms. You can find freeze-dried bloodworms at pet stores and even department stores like Walmart. My bettas always went crazy over bloodworms. :-)
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I'd go with the water change as well. If it's in a bowl or 1 or 2 gallon size container, you should be changing 1/2 the water every other day. As someone already said, just because the water looks crystal clear, doesn't mean it's not toxic. You can't see ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates in the water, all of which can kill fish very quickly, with the exception of the nitrates, usually that kills at a higher dose.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
9 Feb 07
Better yet, picture it this way, you are forced to live in a small 3 by 3 closet. You have to eat, sleep, play, breathe, poop, and pee all in the same area, (that's usually in most cases too small for you anyway). Now picture your maid doesn't come by and clean it for you for a month or so at a time, because she figures she left you some paper towels to clean after yourself, so it must be clean. Get the picture?