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Old 06-11-2012, 04:29 PM   #1 
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Did you know that a Betta could go about two weeks without food?

By all means don't do this.
But, mine hasn't been eating too much so I was getting worried and looked that up. He's probably getting used to the new tank and not eating.
I feed him pellets. Maybe he's bored of them.
Do you know of any alternative foods for Betta?
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:56 PM   #2 
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Yes, they can last 2-4 weeks without food... IF they have to but it's bad for them.

I've had bettas not eat for weeks, because of being new or have been moved to a new tank.

Try minced garlic method! Take some of the arlic juice with a spoon, soak a pellet, give the pellet to the betta. MOST will not turn it down! Same with live foods.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:56 AM   #3 
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Yes! It worked. I am way too happy about this.
Thanks a lot. :)
Also, the current from my filter kind of pushes my food away in a circular motion, and at the outflow it'll "fly away to the side". I already baffled it and don't think its too strong.
My Betta got to the sinking ones faster. The ones that move he makes into a sort of game, but it's more difficult for him and he'll give up sometimes.
I really appreciate it! ^_^
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no problem!!
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Old 06-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #5 
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You could also try turning the filter off briefly at feeding time. I had to do that with one boy for a while until he got used to his food moving a bit.
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:55 PM   #6 
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Try freeze dried blood worms perhaps? They look like they're "wiggling" when the current moves them, which really attracts the betta, because it looks alive. I found he ignores the pellets for a minute or two then eats them, but the blood worms he eats right away, whereas when he was in still water, he let both foods sit for a minute or so.

Note, freeze dried foods should not make up the base of their diet, as they are meant as "treats" or occasional meals, because they aren't "complete" like pellets. Feed a variety of foods though - thats the best way to make sure they don't get bored with their food, and also to ensure they're getting all their nutrients :)
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:20 PM   #7 
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I got frozen bloodworms =D I have never seen my bettas so enthusiastic about dead food
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:21 PM   #8 
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=D I'll have to give them a shot.
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Old 06-12-2012, 11:29 PM   #9 
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Definitely something aught to make the betta eat LOL
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:23 PM   #10 
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Good luck!

And I'm glad the bloodworms worked well for you Sena Hansler! :)
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