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Old 05-08-2009, 05:12 PM   #1 
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Picky Betta's

All four of my Betta's will only eat Bloodworms (tetra brand)
I have Dried Baby Shrimp (tetrs brand) that Pearl will eat (somtimes) but the other three spit them out.
I have Color Inhancing Pelets (aqua brand) that they spit out
And I just bought Color Inhancing Flakes ( tetra brand) that they spit out!
I feel like I have tried everything.....
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Old 05-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #2 
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My new female is spitting out her food too. :(
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:49 PM   #3 
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You're letting them push you around too easily. xD
Bettas, along with most fish kept in aquariums, are very fat for their species, as they do not exercise as much and are fed quite a bit. They aren't starving, so they figure they'll just hold out until they get what they consider their choice food.
It's just like a kid and ice cream, or candy. They'll scream and cry and won't eat their veggies after they've had ice cream, because they want more of that sweet stuff. They may not eat the next meal. Are they gonna' die because they missed a meal? No, not at all. They just need a good night or two of going to bed hungry.

Same applies for your bettas. You need to just stop feeding them bloodworms for a while, and ONLY offer the pellets. Right now all this is is simply a contest of who has the stronger will to hold out longer. Currently, your fish are winnning. They may not take the pellets the first day when you offer them. That's okay, take the pellets back out, don't feed them anything else. Do the same thing again the next day, and the next, and the next. Bettas can easily go two weeks without eating anything. By around the first five days to a week, most bettas will get over themselves and remember that pellets aren't that insufferable.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:04 PM   #4 
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That happened to me too, Berry, my female would not eat the pellets. When I moved her to the larger tank, she became miss piggy. Now she begs for food like my male, Fishy.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:06 PM   #5 
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So now Berry always eats the pellets. She still loves the bloodworms, but I wouldn't be changing the food just for her.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:29 PM   #6 
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My new female Blue Bonnet will go after the pellets and chomp on them, spit them out and chomp again a few times and I don't know if she's actually spitting them out or that they are popping out of her mouth. Today, she was spitting out her flakes.
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:55 PM   #7 
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I will work out the food thingy! : ].
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