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Old 01-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #1 
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Feeding question

I have nine boys and all but two can easily eat the larger Omega One pellets. Eclipse, who looks kinda like Bubba from Forrest Gump because of his jaw, sometimes has to nip at them, but he can usually get them after a couple of tries. The other, Mojave, has no deformities around his mouth, but his aim is terrible. He'll try to get the food over and over and miss. Even when it falls into the tank and he goes after it he will miss most of the time.

I figured getting smaller food might make it easier for them, so I picked up some New Life Spectrum (Betta). Eclipse has no trouble with that, but Mojave still can't seem to aim well enough to catch the food. I've tried crushing THAT up so that it's tiny pieces that are almost powder, but it still isn't helping. What can I do to make sure he gets enough food?
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #2 
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Have you tried using a toothpick or other small object and holding it in front of him? If it doesn't move, he might miss less.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:03 PM   #3 
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Thanks, I'll try that. Hopefully he can hit a stationary target!
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:56 PM   #4 
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I switched to Omega One flakes for my male that does the exact same thing with pellets. He can eat flakes & frozen foods with no problem but the pellets are a no go.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #5 
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I tried offering some to him on the end of a q-tip and he still couldn't get it, though all my others were able to take the food just fine. Looks like I'll have to get him some flakes. Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:01 PM   #6 
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I tried some flakes that I had just to see if those worked and he got some, but not much, even if the pieces were larger. It's like he can't gauge and overshoots the food every time.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:14 PM   #7 
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Your guy sounds like mine. My CT has been able to eat the flakes I crush them up & he swims around the tank getting all the little pieces. Sometimes he has trouble but he usually attacks them with vigor. The main thing is that he's eating at least something.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:10 PM   #8 
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Mine attacked them too - he usually attacks the pellets as well, but I think he gets frustrated, because he will quit trying after a few failed attempts. I'm going to keep feeding him the flakes. Hopefully that will be enough.
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