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Old 02-23-2009, 06:15 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Betta not able to eat her pellets?

My betta can't eat her pellets! I've watched her, and she attempts to eat it but kind of spits it out, but she's definitely trying to eat it but just can't. She tried eating one about four times, and still hasn't. She's been at it for the last hour, still unsuccessful. I put in a few flakes, but she didn't bother with those.

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Old 02-23-2009, 06:19 PM   #2 
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you should not give a betta pellets you should only give them flakes but she might have a digestive problem
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:21 PM   #3 
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Bettas can eat flake food or pellets. Was she able to eat them before now?Maybe crush soe up and see if that helps.Maybe smaller pieces would be easier for her to eat.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:28 PM   #4 
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When I first got my betta, he would not eat pellets. He would try to eat them but spit them out. I fed him flakes and would put a pellet in every once in a while to see if he would eat it. One day he did, and has eaten pellets ever since. I think its just that fish have to get used to eating pellets. If I get a new cichlid that has never eaten pellets, he will do the same thing, but catches on how to eat them quick. It will just take a little time.
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Old 02-23-2009, 07:35 PM   #5 
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I've had a couple bettas that had trouble with pellets but Ithink they just wouldn't stay in his mouth rather than that he was spitting them out.He would try to chew it and it would just pop out of his mouth.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:44 PM   #6 
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My older betta hates flakes, so he gets the pellets, he will also spit it out, and then move to another pellet, but in about 5 minutes from suceeding at the first pellet, they will all be gone...
Try crushing them. I heard that usually helps.

and yes bettas CAN be fed pellets. many actually won't eat flakes, and i tend to lean away from the flakes since they seem to make the tank more of a mess (or i just add to many at a time )
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:28 PM   #7 
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I've heard that flakes are made up of mostly vegetable matter and bettas are meat eaters.
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:40 PM   #8 
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They are omnivorous. They will eat both plant and pellet. but my flakes have alot of worms and stuff ground up in them * lol i read they back* about as much as my pellets
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Old 02-24-2009, 03:49 PM   #9 
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What brand of flakes do you use? I feed my fish Hikari bio gold pellets, freeze dried daphnia, brine shrimp and bloodworms.
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Old 02-24-2009, 06:07 PM   #10 
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*shrug* something in a yellow container they had at petco. and the pellets are something in a blue container
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