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Old 07-17-2012, 12:51 PM   #1 
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Smile HELP! My betta fish eating plant

Hi,im new member here, I have just bought a bettafish two days ago, with a 1.6 galloon tank include a hang on filter on it,(i know 1.6 gal is not suitable for bettafish but I will change a much larger one soon) I also put in a small plant into the tank. My fish is doing well with her new tank and eating pellets well, but I realise she is bitting and eating the plant although I have already feed her for 3 pellets per day and night. She seems to be always hungry and finding food from all over the tank, I really worried about this situation and dunno what to do?
*the pellet is much more smaller than those popular pellets such as HIKARI

My question is:
1)Do bettafish really eat plants?
2)Should I remove that particular plant?
3)Am I not feeding the fish enough so she tend to eat anything in her tank?

I really need your help! Please and I will be appreciating it!
Sorry if I posted this thread in a non appropriate way because this is my first post. Thank you!
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #2 
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I haven't heard of a betta eating a plant. I assume she is a female, as you said her. If anything, you are feeding her too much. I would suggest taking the plant out and seeing what she does. And what type of pellets are you giving her?
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:06 PM   #3 
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Is she actively taking pieces out of the plant and eating it or is it her "pecking" at it? I've noticed that my fish will often forage for microfauna amongst the plants in their tank, while it may appear that they are attempting to eat the plant itself they are actually just nipping at the foliage to remove whatever tasty morsel is there.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:19 PM   #4 
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6 pellets a day pf any size is too much. I would say 2/day AT MOST pref. 1. Bettas are opportunistic eaters, meaning that when they see food, they eat it because they never know sere their next meal is coming from. They will gorge themselves until their guts literally burst and they die. Do not give in to their begging.

Also, she may see the plant as like a flowing fin and be attacking it, ou should probably remove it because whatever the reason for biting it, it is obviously stressing her.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:33 PM   #5 
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What type of plant is this?
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:34 PM   #6 
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Shes trying to eat microorganisms on the plant.

If a mod sees this, can we please do something about non-disease/emergencies in this subforum? Fin issues aren't emergencies and this is not either.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:53 PM   #7 
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This is my Betta, I think she is a female Plakat?
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Unfortunately, this is the pellet she used to eat for 3days already.
I definitely cant tell what brand it is, because i bought from a pet shop
The petshop's promoter only told me to feed it 5 to 6 pellets per day.
Should i go get a better pellet brand?
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This is the plant i put it into the tank
She started to take out piece and eat it, she probably shallow it because once the plant piece go into her mouth it never comes out anymore.
However i removed it from the tank already.
Im not sure what kind of plant it is but i bought it from petshop as well, the worker there told me this plant is suitable for betta.

So i think i should fast her for one day? or maybe give her about 1 pellet for today as i feed her too much yesterday.

Thank you for all of your reply
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:05 PM   #9 
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They always tell you to overfeed bettas so you come back for food sooner, and yeah 1 or two of those a day should do the trick.
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I haven't heard of a betta eating a plant. I assume she is a female, as you said her. If anything, you are feeding her too much. I would suggest taking the plant out and seeing what she does. And what type of pellets are you giving her?
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Unfortunately, this is the pellet she used to eat for 3days already.
I definitely cant tell what brand it is, because i bought from a pet shop
The petshop's promoter only told me to feed it 5 to 6 pellets per day.
Should i go get a better pellet brand?
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