Hi! :) I'd like to switch my HM betta to a pellet food (like omega one buffet), but he only eats flake food. I tried aqueon pellets first, just to see how he'd react to a pelleted food, but he completely ignores it.
Any tips on switching foods? Or is there a quality flake food for bettas?
i have been feeding my male VT Aqueon pellets every since i got him(around a year ago) and he has been perfectly fine and he loves them :3 ... no constipation. sometimes it'll take a little time for your betta to warm up to his new food. he's probably thinking right now "ew what the heck is this??" just give him some time keep trying and after a long time if he still isnt interested i would say maybe try another brand? i'm not sure it'd make a difference of the brand or not.... unless your betta is super picky
Aqueon, nutrition-wise, is not the worst or the best. Omega One is better and New Life Spectrum is better yet. Although NLS is too small for some mouths, it contains garlic which makes the food more appetizing. I haven't seen a fish refuse it, yet. When I started to feed it to my brothers loaches, they started coming out every time I feed them and they even try to swim up to the surface because they're too impatient to wait for it to sink! (They usually hide 24/7.)
One thing I like about NLS is that it does not disintegrate like other pellets do when they sink to the bottom and sit there awhile. The only bad thing is that its not good for soaking if you ever need to feed meds, but its good to feed them a variety of pellets anyways.
I have Aqueon and I feed it rarely. I mainly feed NLS, Omega One every once in a while and freeze dried bloodworms once a week as a treat.
Edit: flakes are not generally recommended because they are messy and different sizes so its hard to feed a certain amount. Some people say they cause bloating. NLS is smaller than Omega One and usually very easy for them to eat. I've fed them to my girls when I first got them and they were tiny!