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Old 06-20-2012, 11:00 PM   #1 
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Spitting food out?

My new betta, Dumbledore spits out the food when I feed him. He sticks it in his mouth, holds it in and then spits it back out. Is this something I should be worried about? He is in a 3 gallon tank with a filter and heater, water tempature is about 80 degrees. He seems to be fine, not sitting on the bottom but actively moving throughout the tank. Any tips? Thanks :)

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:04 PM   #2 
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perfectly normal, no worries.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:05 PM   #3 
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Remember, you don't need a Filter for Tanks smaller than 5 Gallons. Anyways, since when did you get him? If a Betta's New, it might not eat for a Few Days. Try to give him a Day or 2 to adjust to his surroundings, and then give him his Food.
If he doesn't look Sick, he's going to be fine. :)
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:09 PM   #4 
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Dumbledore is fine do not worry. My betta Junior does that when I feed him micro pellets. I came to realize that the pellets are hard and his mouth is small so he will bit at it, put it in his mouth then spit it out. Then bit at it again until he can digest it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:13 AM   #5 
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If your betta is small, you might try breaking up the pellets a bit in your fingers before you put them in the tank, or even switch to a brand with smaller pellets. My smaller guy likes his broken up a bit, and that seemed to have stopped him from spitting food back out. :)
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