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My betta fish refused to eat

My betta fish normally enjoys eating Hikari Betta Bio-Gold. But since last night, it refused to eat any. It'd swallow it and throw it out. It swims ok. I wonder what might be wrong.
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Your Betta might be ready to move on to the giant Betta bowl in the sky. :( If a pet refuses to eat, they're sick or about to leave the world. It happened with my Sheltie. :'( It might also be because your Betta is in a new environment.
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I would make sure your tank is the right temperature, the more it gets below 76 degrees the less likely it will be to eat. Also check the ph, ammonia and nitrate levels, you must do water changes in order to keep the water in great shape. Try feeding him a small part of a frozen cube of blood worms, the take to them quite well, even better live ones work better.
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what do you feed puffer fish?

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Puffer fish are carnivores, and they are nocturnal predators. They have to eat hard-shelled meaty food. They eat foods such as snails, crabs, clams, oysters, shrimp, and crayfish.
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Frozen food for fish

How do I get frozen snails, black worms....etc

all i see at Portsmouth , NH store are blood worms, and krill...
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Petco stores usually have freezers with packets of frozen and live food. Live food is usually worms. I'm not sure if they have frozen snails though. Go to your local Petco and ask. :)
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ask your local pet store to special stock them or to order you a few packs of them so that you will have a stock of them for yourself until the next time you need to order it.
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Tetra Pond WheatGerm Floating fish food?

I went to feed my goldfish last night and i opened my pond fish food and there where these creepy little brown bugs living in it that looked like tiny tiny woodlouse. Can somebody help me? they are freaking me out!
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The food was probably not fresh. The bottle most likely got invaded by those bugs somehow. If you checked the expiration date, it was probably out-of-date.
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I am not sure how old the food is, where it is being stored or if it was unopened whenever you did opened it up. But there are several different types of bugs that can get into all types of pet foods, and while I am sure your pond fish eat bugs here and there that are in your pond, I would just reccommend to buy another bag of fish food, buy a large container with an airtight lid to store it in out of the sun, rain and heat.
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what kinds oflive foods do have that are suitable for bettas?

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Best live food for a betta: mosquito larvae. But they don't sell them, for the obvious reason that within a week your local petco would be overrun with mosquitos. Twenty years ago I grew my own in the summer months, but it was tedious and messy. But there's nothing better for conditioning many types of fish for breeding, especially angels.
Frozen mysis, live brine, spirulina enriched frozen brine, would all be decent substitutes if fed in moderation along with pellets and flakes made specifically for bettas.
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As with any fish, you want to give them a variety to keep them healthy. Frozen foods are always great to have on hand. But you have to make sure not to over feed one betta as they do not eat very much at all. keep a betta flake food handy, along with tubifex worms and frozen brine shrimp and blood worms.
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what do you feed your betta fishes?

i bought a betta fish and gave it pellet food but he wont eat it he only spits it out. he is not sick he swims and is very active. i was thinking he does not like the food im giving him that is why im asking what type of food you feed your bettas
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It's normal for fish to suck in and spit out their food. If you're feeding it food specifically for Betta's then don't bother switching it.
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I gave mine 'Hikari Betta Bio-Gold' and he loved it. My exs however, would spit it out. It was very strange. In a pinch though, his would always take freeze dried tube worms. Eventually, my ex messed with different pellets, and found one his betta liked. You may have to try a type or two. Yours may be picky.
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I just bought a goldfish and have him in a relatively large vase. He can't seem to find the food at the top. What should I do so he doesn't starve?

The vase is bowl shaped but opens up at the top so there is room for oxygen to circulate. There's also an African Dwarf frog living in the vase. I moved them from my small plastic aquarium because I was afraid they wouldn't have enough room and the frog stopped eating when my first fish (a Molly) died.
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Bowls of any kind are not a good choice for goldfish because for one thing the oxygen will not circulate in just a bowl. You need filteration systems in order to get the water to circulate properly. African dward frogs are very hard to get to eat in the first place and the two should not be housed together at all. Most likely it is too warm and there is very little oxygen in the bowl for the goldfish and that is only part of the reason it probably isn't eating. The african dwarf frog is probably too cold and that is why it isn't eating, along with the fact that they do require a tank with filteration and heater. Goldfish can stay at 65 degrees with no problem. I would house the goldfish in a 20 gallon tank with a good power filter on the tank. do regular weekly water changes and please make sure the ammonia and nitrate levels are normal. The higher they get the more ill your fish will get.
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well typically a goldfish needs 2 gallons of water per inch of fish. Also a Vase (no matter how big) does not have suffient surface area. I dont see a way that you could get a filter in there either. But anyway, try sinking goldfish pellets by Tetra, my goldfish love them. Hope it helps!
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Frozen brine shrimp

I have a saltwater tank. I have some fish that only eat Frozen brine shrimp. What can I put in an automatic feeder when I go on vacation that they might eat ? They
wont eat Flake or Pellet. Help
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One thing about saltwater fish keeping is that most of them do eat different types of foods. While the thought of an automatic feeder is a dream for vacationers, it isn't going to help to feed every fish in the tank either. And while most fish will stay in a dormant type stage if the lights are kept off, the same thing doesn't really apply to all fish either. So the best suggestion I can tell you is to find a reliable fish baby sitter who can follow directions and come in to feed your fish while you are away. That is the only way to ensure that your fish are getting what they need.
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You can try a garlic extract that can be added to pellet food as an attractant to try and entice them to eat dry food and once adjusted you can add the pellet food (sand garlic or it will stick) to the auto feeder. It's a process but usually successful.
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How to reproduce fish?

I want my fish to give eggs.
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Get the book aquarims for dummies! It has alot of info in it that will help you!
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Well this is a very general question, if you would like more information on how to raise fish, you will have to know the specific species of fish that you want to raise. Also, not all fish are egg layers, there are some live bearing fish as well. Once you have decided what type of fish you would like to raise, you will benifit greatly from doing alot of research on those type of fish. The internet has alot of information to offer.
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Is there an alternative to the prescription science diet food?

The vet I was going to put my cats on Science Diet C/D. I cannot afford to pay the prices the vet charges in Sherman. I am wanting to know if I can get the non-prescription normal adult cat food (Science Diet). They were put on the diet for the low levels of magnesium in the SD food.
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Find out what mg. of magnesium your cat is allowed to have. Then you need to remember that a good food for cats or dogs is one that has whole chicken, beef, etc. listed as a main ingredient. Just as we look at the ingredients and nutrition tables on the back of our own foods at the grocery store, you can do the same for your pets. Any pet foods that consist of corn, cornmeal, animal by products as the main ingredients are not good for your animal. We can't digest corn and neither can your pet.
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the reason vets always recommend science diet is because it is made by vets and is sent to pet stores at no cost. to tell you the truth science diet isnt the best dog food. try feeding your cat solid gold for natural balance or even nutro
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I would say go to a pet store, theyll answer you honestly. a vet puts and animal on science diet because they get money back every every bag sold. It isnt even that good for your pet, look at the ingredients. definitly ask a pet store there are many good pet foods.
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Sorry to say but no.
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Unfortunately, No. There are no alternatives to prescription foods other than switching to a prescription food of a different brand.
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how often does one feed goldfish?

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One thing you have to remember with goldfish is that they are eating machines and they will act hungry 24 hours a day. But don't listen to them ! Goldfish will nibble on live plants and algea as part of their diets on a daily basis. You can feed them a pellet food once every 2 to 3 days. Most people think that you need to feed your fish twice a day, but that is going to cause alot of added waste to the tank, causing ammonia spikes and nitrates, which means more water changes for the week. And adding is the fact that goldfish emit alot of waste on their own, it isn't a good idea to feed them twice a day, ever. but you do need to make sure you give them a variety in their diets just like any other fish. Switch up pellets for some frozen foods, freeze dried foods or flakes.
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Twice a day!
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you can feed your fish twice daily once daily or even 2-3 times a week
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once a day.
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Once a day is fine with Goldfish. Put in the amount of food your Goldfish will consume in 3 minutes. Just make sure to mix up the feeding types i.e. Goldfish specific flake food and pellet food, freeze dried food ( tubifex, blood worms, brine shrimp, etc.), maybe even some live food.
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i always fed my twice daily.
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Twice a day. Once in the morning and then one time in the evening.
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Feed a goldfish twice per day as much as the fish can eat in five minutes time. Beware of overfeeding.
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once a day
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Most people normally feed once a day.I prefer feeding smaller amounts and doing it twice a day.
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what type of food should i feed the baby striped catfish i just bought?

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There are many different types of catfish, and many different types that have stripes, and many that can stay small or get very large. Even some catfish, when they get larger will eat other fish. So the first thing is to make sure of what kind of fish you are buying, how large it is going to get and if it is safe to house with other fish. A pet store clerk should be able to tell you more about what they. Before you leave the store, make sure you buy the correct food for the catfish.
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catfish are great for eating almost everything,from tropical fish food,Shrimp pellets,algae wafers,Spirulina flakes,Bloodworms,etc.The list is endless.
If your baby Catfish is one from the Cory Cat family,I'd recommend getting him a few friends from the same family,if you have enough room in your tank.You can keep one cory,but they do much better with pals.
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can you feed betta fish goldfish food?

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I do not recommend this. Bettas loves blood worms and you can buy the freeze dried ones. They also make betta flake food that has freeze dried shrimp in them as well. While they will eat goldfish flakes, it will not be nutritional for your betta. For instance, if you had to feed your betta that day, and you ran out of betta food, then you can substitute that one feeding with another type of food, then go to the store right away and buy the correct foods.
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i would not feed my betta goldfish pellets because they are specially designed for goldfish. you can feed your betta freeze dried blood worms which they use to feed the bettas at petco. i use it with my betta as well and he has been alive for 3 years now
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I would not reommend giving Bettas goldfish food. My Bettas go crazy when I give them Tetra min's
Tropical Granules!!!!!
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Yes, you can.
I do so with mine. In fact, all of my tropical freshwater community tank is feeding of goldfish flakes, even the babies.
The only difference between tropical and goldfish food is a slight difference in nutritional values that may affect the colors of the fish. Mine are as gorgeous as ever!
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Not really. Betta Fishes needs their kind of food to get enough nutrition. Gold fish food is ok. I have tried feeding them that. They dont see to like it as much as their own kind of food. I have notied Betta liks to chew their food... instead of just gulping it!
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Hi,I've been in the fish hobby for quite a few years,and have seen many ,many problems with people using feeder/vacation blocks--from polluting the water and crashing the params,to actual death of their fish,so I have never felt comfortable with offering that as a solution.
Fish can go quite a few days without actual food,and when I go on vacation,I tend to buy some fresh aquatic plants,such as Cabomba,Anacharis,etc,because some fish will munch on the plants like they're at the Salad Bar. lol If you're going on vacation for a week,
I would rather come home to some very hungry fish rather than awful water params or worse...
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for bettas you should feed them betta food, not goldfish food. I use Bettamin, it has color enhancers and balanced nutritionh with procare for optimal health.
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You should never feed Goldfish food to anything that is not a Goldfish.
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No. Betas need a diferent kind of nutrition. You can feed them tropical flakes or Beta food.
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Bettas can and will eat tropical fish food, but don't give them goldfish food. Goldfishes are vegitarians and eat large amonts of plants, fibers and fillers. Bettas are carnivores and need food that has protein in it. Honestly, betta food is the cheapest of all fish food, so just buy that because its made for his needs and will keep him healthy.
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How often do you feed your betta?

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twice a day; 1/2 hour after sunrise and 1/2 hour before sunset.

IMHO the variety of food is also important; he needs a balanced diet. And don't forget the weekly cooked green pea.
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3 times a day
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I feed my Bettas normally once a day,or every other day.Betta's stomachs are about the size of their eye,and only need a couple three pellets at a time. You have to be really careful not to over feed,as that can cause sickness and bloating pretty fast..
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Feed bettas once every other day (that's what we do in the store, I work at Petco). I also do this with my own bettas. Feed them only as much as they will eat in 30 seconds and remove any leftover foods.
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How do I feed my betta when we are on vacation?

Is there such thing as a self feeder?
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yes petco sells a self feeder for vacation time...or you can also buy blocks of vacation food...there is a lot you can do to take care of your betta during vacation.
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If the betta tank is not too big, you might be able to see if your next door neighbor or friend could take care of it for a while.
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PETCO has this on their website!
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Vacation Fish Feeder.
Feeding Instructions: One pyramid will feed 20 average-sized fish in a ten gallon aquarium for seven to eight days. In the aquarium, the pyramid will start dissolving, within a few hours, the first nourishing food pellets will begin to swell and push out of the pyramid. On or about the forth day, a secret chamber will open, releasing a cube of tubifex worms. Do not use in fishbowls or aquariums without adequate filtration and aeration, because water circulation is needed for the pyramid to dissolve properly. Hope this Helps!
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If your beta lives in a regular tank with a filter, you can feed it with a block vacation feeder, found at Petco. The block slowly dissolves, releasing food little at a time. If your beta lives in a bowl without a filter, then it is best to leave it with a friend to take care of it.
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What do you have to feed an eel?

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Eels are carnivorous animals, so they require a good amount of meat in their diets. This explains the teeth they have. Eels should be fed live prey such as shrimp or small fish. Eels can be picky eaters but if you can get them to eat pellets rich in vitamins and nutrients then feed them that with the live prey. A varied diet is always good for any animal.
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Most eels like live prey, so feed small fish that can fit into it's mouth. Eels can be taught to eat pellets, so if you want to try, buy cichlid food. They are very high in protien and fish/meat matter so it is healthy.
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If you have a marine eel, small live fish or silversides, raw jumbo (depending on the size of the eel) shrimp, and even bite size pieces of squid will be adequate
A freshwater eel will also eat small live fish, silversides, and ghost shrimp.
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I have 2 tiger barbs and 2 irridecent shark fish, can i use a week-long feeder or will the tiger barbs eat it all?

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Feeder block do not do anything, but cloud your water. There are many automatic feeders out there. I have been using one for a year now and it works perfectly. On a side note: What size tank do your have? Iridecent Sharks get to be about 4 feet long. Tiger Barbs are schooling fish that should be kept in groups of 5 or more.
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Week long feeders do not work all that well. Their is a feeder by TETRA that actually releases flakes but I have never used it.
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Feeder blocks don't really "feed" your fish, they disolve and put nutrients into the water and your fish absorbs them. I only use them as a last resort, instead you should buy an auto-matic fish feeder. You fill it with your fish food and set the timer and it will feed them for you. They cost about $30 at petco.
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What does PETCO feed their chocolate chip starfish?

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They are scavengers and oppurtunistics. they will eat scraps that other fish dont get and will even eat a snail or crab if they can get their hands on them.
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Chocolate chip starfish are great little scavengers for the non-reef tank. They are opportunistic feeders and are fun to feed. when they are at the top of the aquarium they will usually have an arm bent back, especially if they know food is coming. Best thing to feed them is some thawed krill or brine shrimp depending on the size of the star.
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starfish move along the bottom collecting food bits that other fish missed and they will even eat the occasional crab if they get close enough.
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what is a photosynthectic& filter diet consist of?

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It consists of light and particles that float in the water.
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I HEARD THAT GRINDAL WORM HAS A LOT OF PROTEIN AND KEEP GUPPY FISH HEALTHY. CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHERE CAN I BUY SOME GRINDAL WORM CULTURE?
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