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Old 02-13-2019, 05:48 PM   #1
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Betta not eating, a bit lethargic... PLEASE HELP!!!

Hello! In my 8.8 Gallon aquarium is currently housing my female betta fish that I have had for about half a month now. At first she was very excited about eating but lately it seems she completely pays no mind to food at all!!! I cannot seem to figure out why my water parameters are fine! Ammonia and nitrites
0, nitrates less than 10ppm, Temp. 76 degrees F... I have no idea why she is not eating or what is causing her current behavior. I just want to try my best to help her I don't know what to do!
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Is there anything different about her color, is there bloating, are her fins are ok and not discolored or frayed?

I'd bump the temp up to 80.
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How often are you doing water changes?

I always do a couple good water changes to start whenever there is something going on. Also if you are using stick tests they are often not accurate. What is the pH of your Bettas water?
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Fins look good and overall coloration is vibrant as ever... Stomach seems slightly swelled so Iím thinking maybe sheís constipated or bloated. The pH of all my tanks stay between 8.0-8.2 (not fluctuating in a single specific tank, just approximate values of the ranges of them all)

Iíve been doing 30% water changes every other day since Sunday but stopped yesterday because I was afraid of stressing her out, but will def continue them if you guys think it wonít bother her too much!! Also Iím DEF looking into buying a better heater tomorrow that will raise her tankís temp to 80į as the current one I am using is preset to around 76į-78į.
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This pH is a little high. You can dilute your water with distilled water, or Reverse Osmosis or RO/DI (deionization) usually available at SW fish stores, to reduce the pH.

Try cooked insides of green peas. You can use fresh, frozen or canned, I recommend no salt added. Another option is live Brine shrimp. The movement of them cause interest in eating and also the can have a positive effect to move the digestive track along.
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I tried peas(no interest) but I got her to eat a *single* bloodworm today that she scarfed down very quickly. Sheís actually been acting quite normal lately :/ not even very lethargic... maybe sheís just an incredibly picky eater? I donít get it.
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Did you do a water change before that?

It could also be parasites. Watch the poop and see what it looks like.
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The peas generally take them a number of tries to get any interest. They are really a meaty /bug eating type fish. So peas - meh. lol
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