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Old 10-31-2007, 01:32 PM   #1 
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unhappy betta fish

My betta fish has been trying to eat this week but keeps spitting out the flakes. This is his normal food. He doesn't look sick although he has lost his red highlights over the last few months. Any ideas?
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:59 PM   #2 
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is that the only thing you feed? Im no betta expert, I just killed 2 myself :( but from what I read here and elsewhere bettas do well with variety in their diet. blood worms, my females liked frozen brine shrimp, shelled peas... im sure a search or a more knowledgeable forum member can give you more suggestions :)
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:39 PM   #3 
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You have ferrets?! Cool. Thanks for the info. I tried blood worm but he didn't care for that. I guess I've been cruel just giving him one kind, although it has a few extra things in it.
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:08 AM   #4 
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but I had alot of trouble getting mine to eat. i had to keep trying to get them to take dried blood worms and frozen brine shrimp but they eventually did :) then died because im horrible :(
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:41 PM   #5 
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I think bettas are a bit picky. Ours wouldn't touch the "betta food" my husband got (sm. pellets) so I got freeze dried bloodworms and he definitely went for those until I added a few cory cats who love warner goldfish crumbles. Now betta dives for the crumbles and plays "catch" with a piece until is gets soft enought to chew. He loves them, and at 1.48 a bottle, I say good for him.

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Old 11-10-2007, 09:49 PM   #6 
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My betta fish has been trying to eat this week but keeps spitting out the flakes. This is his normal food. He doesn't look sick although he has lost his red highlights over the last few months. Any ideas?
Mine did that too when I got him. It turns out he was actually nibbling, I guess you could say, at the flakes. Actually, he still does it, 5 months later. It could also be your food that is changing his color.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:10 PM   #7 
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Thank you, oompa and loren, for your comments. Our weather has been changing and I think his water temperature was fluctuating too much. I've kept it at 77, treated the water for 1 week for stress, and he's been eating better. I may have to try the goldfish crumbles. Would they be a complete nutrient? I don't think the blood worms are a sufficient diet even though he likes them more than the flakes.
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Thank you, oompa and loren, for your comments. Our weather has been changing and I think his water temperature was fluctuating too much. I've kept it at 77, treated the water for 1 week for stress, and he's been eating better. I may have to try the goldfish crumbles. Would they be a complete nutrient? I don't think the blood worms are a sufficient diet even though he likes them more than the flakes.
Bettas are carnivorous and bloodworms are greatly relished but this should be fed to them only once or twice a week to minimize the chances of bloat. There are earthworms, shrimps, brine shrimps, mosquito larva and daphnia to feed bettas. Varying the diet is the key point to a healthy fish.
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