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Old 07-17-2014, 03:55 PM   #1 
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Eating Disorder? My Betta prefers flakes to bits

I've watched my betta struggle to eat pellets for the past three days. He bites down on the pellet and then coughs it out a little bit later. He repeats this process until the bit gets broken down into smaller pieces, until finally, there's nothing left. He doesn't seem to have eaten any of it.

Is something keeping him from eating pellets? I gave him a few flakes and those stayed down. How do you tell if he's constipated? I was thinking of giving him some brine shrimp.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:10 PM   #2 
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Some bettas are finicky, have you tried soaking the pellet? soaking it in some of his water helps soften it up. How much are you feeding him? Some bettas only need one or two depending on their size. Their stomachs are only about the size of their eye. If his stomach looks distended try fasting him for a couple days. If not, then try softening his pellet. Also them not eating for a few days won't harm them too terribly. Most, if not all keepers use fasting as a method for treating bloat and sometimes constipation-induced SBD.

If you are worried he is constipated, try to get your hands on Daphnia. Its a natural laxative that will still nourish him. Is he acting strangely other than spitting out pellets?
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:25 PM   #3 
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It could be that the pellets are too big for him or too crunchy.

Try soaking them in either tank water or garlic juice for 10 minutes before you feed him. If you can't find garlic juice then just buy garlic and put a clove in the microwave until juice starts to come out and then soak the pellet in that.

Also try crushing the pellets (i use get a dish and use the lid to the container of pellets to crush them) or cutting the pellets in half.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:32 PM   #4 
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Hi there Crossroads and Vivian. That's a good idea about soaking the pellets. I will definitely give that a try.

No, he's active and content, except for not eating his pellets. He seems to be in good shape over all. Just did a 100% water change, though.

I've decided that the 3 gallon jug isn't big enough. My heater is over heating his water. This afternoon it was 90 degrees in there. :(

I need the heater and a bigger tank to put it in, it seems to me. FIltration wouldn't hurt, either.
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Old 07-17-2014, 04:37 PM   #5 
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I'm sure a larger tank wouldn't hurt. He'd probably enjoy it.
It definitely sounds you're on the right track though :D
Just keep up with your water changes and I'm sure your boy will stay happy and healthy for years to come
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Old 07-17-2014, 05:45 PM   #6 
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give it time. thats all it takes.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:19 PM   #7 
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give it time. thats all it takes.
Thanks, kp.

I feel better now that his water is clean. I think he does, too.
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:13 PM   #8 
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Thanks, kp.

I feel better now that his water is clean. I think he does, too.
Anytime :) my boy went for almost 3 weeks w/o eating until he felt comfortable. Now...he is a pig lol 16 pellets a day give or take broken up into separate feedings ;)
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All is Well, Thanks

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Anytime :) my boy went for almost 3 weeks w/o eating until he felt comfortable. Now...he is a pig lol 16 pellets a day give or take broken up into separate feedings ;)
Sushi ate his pellets today after I soaked them. They were nice and mushy for him.

Thanks for you help on this thread, everyone.
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Yay! Glad to hear it!
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