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Old 10-01-2010, 04:50 PM   #1 
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does my betta need dentures?

lol but really I can't get him to hold food down. When I feed him he would eat and spit half of it out sometimes he would put it back into his mouth just to spit it out again and most of the time he just lets it sink. I tried giving him a blood worm just now and he would chew it and spit it out just to chew on it again and spit it out it seems like he's having problems chewing? I do soak all his food so its soft when it gets to him what can I do to get him to eat?
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:54 PM   #2 
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Lol my betta did that when he was going through his not eating phase. Have you tried taking a pellet and crushing them up into a dust? Thats how I got mines to eat.
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lol but really I can't get him to hold food down. When I feed him he would eat and spit half of it out sometimes he would put it back into his mouth just to spit it out again and most of the time he just lets it sink. I tried giving him a blood worm just now and he would chew it and spit it out just to chew on it again and spit it out it seems like he's having problems chewing? I do soak all his food so its soft when it gets to him what can I do to get him to eat?

How long have you had him?

Try cutting to bloodworm into smaller pieces that will aid him..

Try pre-soaking food in Pure garlic juice, That stimulates the apatite and is a natural anti-parasite thingy
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:16 PM   #4 
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My betta did the same thing last winter, I would recommend checking the water temperature. I remember reading that bettas can't digest food if the water is too cold, so that may be your problem.

If not, try what the others have said and be sure to crush/cut the food up before feeding; most "betta" pellets are actually too large for a betta's mouth
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Old 10-01-2010, 05:37 PM   #5 
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My betta did the same thing last winter, I would recommend checking the water temperature. I remember reading that bettas can't digest food if the water is too cold, so that may be your problem.

If not, try what the others have said and be sure to crush/cut the food up before feeding; most "betta" pellets are actually too large for a betta's mouth


I use the SAYURI Brand of Betta food ,and these pellets are really small, My guy when their soaked has no trouble what so ever in Eating these.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:20 PM   #6 
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Ok I tried breaking it into tinier pieces but I'm still having moderate success. I gave the tiny pieces to him and he's still spitting it out I then gave him a regular sized one and I think its the only one he swallowed. I do notice it takes him a bit longer to chew than Neptune I don't know whats up.
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Ok I tried breaking it into tinier pieces but I'm still having moderate success. I gave the tiny pieces to him and he's still spitting it out I then gave him a regular sized one and I think its the only one he swallowed. I do notice it takes him a bit longer to chew than Neptune I don't know whats up.
Try soaking them for a bit longer before feeding.. They might be too hard for him
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