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Old 07-05-2013, 12:09 AM   #1 
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Hmmm... Fry won't eat...?

So Gaige, who we just got today, appears to be a fry or just beyond, as she is still very stripy, and she doesn't have a lot of color yet. We tried to feed her tonight, and she sucks the pellets into her mouth, then spits it out, and repeats this 5-7 times before the pellet finally gets to the substrate and she flits away. And she isn't even going for the flakes... Could it be stress? Should we keep trying tonight or just let her get used to her tank?
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Keep trying... It's fairly normal for new fish not to eat. Have you tried crushing the pellets?
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:14 AM   #3 
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Do you know how old she is? Do not worry about feeding her. She needs to settle in first. What kind of pellets are you feeding her?

She looks fairly young and may not have been properly adjusted to solid non live food.

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She's about an inch 1/3 long. She's tiny. Smaller than even Tina was. We've tried cutting the pellets in half and crushing them. It doesn't SEEM to be an issue of size. They're Omega One Betta Buffet.
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Hmmm... I'd let her settle in before getting too worried.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:22 AM   #6 
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I figured that was the case. Just wanted to check. She's such a stripy little cutie.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:27 AM   #7 
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When they are that tiny nhbbs is a good option. Have you ever considered hatching the shrimp eggs? Its a bit of a science project but a super tiny small amount will feed her like a queen. Crushed Omega Ones are not ideal for juvi betta. they are ok but a better option is nls grow it is high in protein and more importantly loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids. Plus you don't need to crush and tank stays cleaner. I even give adult bettas a nls grow treat once a week for energy.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:28 AM   #8 
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nls? o.o;
nhbbs? o.o
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Oh! NLS is New Life Spectrum Grow formula. nhbbs is new hatch baby brine shrimp. Sorry xnoodle I can be very detail challenged sometimes.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:34 AM   #10 
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It's all good. I have to get better at abbreviations sometime! I'll see if I can track down NLS. :D If you're interested, the picture thread has a new picture of her that shows off her stripes! <3 Thanks for your help. Hopefully the little cutie starts eating and regrowing her fins soon.
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