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Hi, I'm hoping for a possible answer for my question. If a betta normally eats the presoaked pellets from the top of the tank, will he eat them from the bottom of the tank if they sink to the bottom? If the answer is yes, would it be possible that he wouldn't eat them from the bottom because he had an undetected illness? I ask because I got home from vacation late Monday night & my one betta was dead at the bottom of the tank. Very very sad. I had my pet sitter feed him 3 NLS betta pellets every other day (2 feedings total) and I was going to feed him the night I returned home. There were 6 pellets at the bottom of the tank. Jackpot, 18 month male, was housed in a 5.5 gallon filtered 78° aquarium x 18 months. Weekly 1 gallon water changes with siphoning. Water parameters were weekly consistent of: ph 7, nitrates 5, ammonia & nitrites 0. About 3 weeks prior, I thought he may have been thinner than I recalled but I can't be 100% sure. He always ate his pellets for me and my husband when I was out of town a month ago. My pet sitter has cared for my fish a good amount of times before without incident. He said jackpot came up during feeding times but I am bothered by the pellets at the bottom. I am hoping that a betta will find food at the bottom, if he didn't that leads me to believe he had an underlying issue. If a healthy betta will not eat from the bottom then that leads me to believe he starved to death. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Hey guys:) I would like your advice as to whether or not i should get some more goldfish. My previous ones died, one from gill disease, and one from fin rot (although my water parameters were perfect...?), and my parents are allowing me to get 2 more for my tank (which is cycled and filtered), however they told me that if these ones die within a year (i know goldfish should live to 20 yrs old), I am done with fish and can't get any more. </3. when my fishies got sick, i tried to give them medicine, but it didn't help them in time, and unfortunately they both died, one a week before the other. i only had them for 3 months! loved those little guys:(. so, do you think i should get more goldfish, or do you think i should get some boring tropical fish instead? ( i hear they're hardier...)i really want some goldfish rather than tropicals, but i don't want to be forbidden to get fishies ever again! i probably will end up getting goldfish. i just love them so much! (i am, in fact, on a goldfish forum... ...). so, can anybody tell me how to prevent sickness and disease in goldfish? will freshwater aquarium salt (kind of an oxymoron...haha)be good for preventing illness? do even the most knowledgable aquariusts have fish die young sometimes? or do their fish ever get sick and not be able to treat them in time? please help me! i just love having my fishies in my room, and really don't want them to get sick:( Thank you!