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Old 10-17-2010, 11:31 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Betta can't eat?

Okay so my betta Scuito has been having a hard time eating for a while now. At first he just couldn't eat the whole pellets so I started giving him flakes. But yesterday I noticed how gross it was making his water (lot more algae than when he was getting pellets) so I started splitting the pellets in half. Today I noticed he was having a hard time eating the bigger pellets.

It just looks like they don't fit in his mouth and if they do he can't swallow them, the stay right in sight (you can watch him try to swallow them & they never move).
I'm worried about him because he looks significantly smaller than he was over the beginning of the summer (this started probably 2 or 3 months ago). He looks skinny for a fish. He used to be the big one out of my VT boys & now he's the smallest.

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Old 10-17-2010, 11:40 PM   #2 
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Maybe he has some parasites. It sometimes happens if you give live food. Those bugs would be eating all the nutrients that your betta needs, leaving him starving.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:38 AM   #3 
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Maybe he has some parasites. It sometimes happens if you give live food. Those bugs would be eating all the nutrients that your betta needs, leaving him starving.
I never feed live foods though. The closest thing I give him is frozen worms...would those make it hard for him to eat?
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:13 AM   #4 
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do you soak the pellets? That might make it easier for him to eat. I soak my pellets before I feed them to my Bettas, if you don't they are more at risk at getting bloated
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do you soak the pellets? That might make it easier for him to eat. I soak my pellets before I feed them to my Bettas, if you don't they are more at risk at getting bloated
I'll try that tonight.
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:02 PM   #6 
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do you soak the pellets? That might make it easier for him to eat. I soak my pellets before I feed them to my Bettas, if you don't they are more at risk at getting bloated
Soaking definitely helps. I soak mine in some water with bits of garlic, and then 'fish out' the pellet to feed the betta. It seems to encourage mine to eat the pellets, and apparently is good for them internally (I think).
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:13 PM   #7 
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Soaking definitely helps. I soak mine in some water with bits of garlic, and then 'fish out' the pellet to feed the betta. It seems to encourage mine to eat the pellets, and apparently is good for them internally (I think).

Yes Garlic is well known to Build up the immune system Which then makes them less likely to get internal parasites.

Also with the original persons Frozen bloodworms.

These need Defrosting before feeding, but are awesome foods for Betta's
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