Male Betta Built The Bubble Nest, Now Won't Eat. Help

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  1. MicG

    MicGNew MemberMember

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    All of a sudden, he started to build the bubble nest after I moved him from the 55g community tank to a 3.5 gallon living alone.
    He seems to be happy, ate a lot, but a couple of days ago, he started to build the bubble nest, and stopped eating...
    I bought a female for him that day, but only a juvenile was left on the shelf, and she was half inch shorter than him.
    I read some and found it was not recommended to put two betta that were not close in size together for breeding, so I moved her back to the community from the isolated container put in male's tank earlier.
    The problem is he is still not eating and food grow mold.
    What can I do now? Anyone had the experience to share? Much appreciated!
     
  2. kallililly1973

    kallililly1973Fishlore VIPMember

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    Possibly try a different food or maybe a couple flakes to see if he goes for it. He could still be settling into his new place. A bubble nest is a good sign he is happy. I'de test the waters to make sure they are safe as well.
     
  3. CheshireKat

    CheshireKatWell Known MemberMember

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    Make sure to remove the uneaten food. Are you trying to breed them? Are you prepared for raising the fry and separating them as they age?
    I agree about trying a different food. Some bettas are picky. Mine aren't, though... They're little piggies. All my fish love Bug Bites. Since it's only been a few days, he's not going to starve soon. Is he still swimming and behaving normally aside from not eating?
     
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    MicG

    MicGNew MemberMember

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    I’m now a bit confused.
    He was in the 55g with molly and platy fish. Probably ate a lot fry that I was unaware of, this was the only thing I was suspecting for this not eating issue.
    He was doing fine in the past few days, except for not eating anything that I know. I tried to put a female in his tank to cheer him up, he was behaving normal, territorial and aggressive. If I can I would breed them but it was not the first priority. I want to keep all healthy and happy.
     
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    MicGNew MemberMember

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    He was a little picky. When was in the main tank, he shared bug bites with molly and platy. That was not Betta good and they prefer different ph environment so I eventually took him out. Now I literally have no idea. I don’t want to feed him fry so I will starve him for a few more days and observe for his behavior.
     
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