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Old 07-30-2009, 08:00 AM   #1 
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Picky eater. ONLY eats bloodworms.

My new betta is a very picky eater, and I don't know what to do.

He will not eat the pellets that Mr. Big willingly gobbles up. So I tried flakes (there are red flakes and off white chunk things in them) and he will only eat the off white chunk things. Sometimes it appears like hes eating the red flakes, but he'll spit them out after about a second.

At first I thought it was just because he was adjusting and not hungry, but still two days later he will not eat the pellets or most of the flakes.

The only thing I can get him to eat is freeze-dried bloodworms. He gobbles those up as soon as he sees them. However I know they are not exactly nutritious and I do not want to give him more than about 1-2 a week.

Anyone else have picky eaters? What do you do?
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:05 AM   #2 
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Let him fast a few days. Offer food daily, but scoop it out if he does not eat it. He will eventually get hungry and eat what is offered.

have you tried freeze dried brine shrimp or freeze dried daphnia?
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:08 AM   #3 
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I'm going shopping very soon today, and I can look for some when I go. Are those things I can feed daily if he ends up not eating anything else? How many a day?
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:02 AM   #4 
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yeah daily is fine,what ever he eats within a minute. they will be small like powder.
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:27 AM   #5 
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Maybe try slipping in a pellet with the brine shrimp or daphnia to see if he'll munch that up with the daphnia or shrimp.
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:38 AM   #6 
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I had two like this. I tried a different brand of Pellets and I figured out, they like them better sometimes if you crush them into a powder. IDK why!
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:48 AM   #7 
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Mine refused to eat anything but bloodworms for a week. I had to just continue trying different brands of pellets till he ate. He finally decided to eat the Hikari Bio-gold.
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:57 AM   #8 
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Blue Bonnet wouldn't eat bio gold, then I switched her to flakes, which she ate but half of them would sink to the bottom. So I got some Wardleys and she liked it so I started mixing Wardleys with bio gold. She eats both now.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:31 AM   #9 
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All my bettas love Wardleys. Well some didnt' at first. But I did what Neenjar said and fasted them and they eventually got hungry and ate the pellets I gave them. They give me no problem now and gobble them up. For Aqua and Ember I figured out that some pellets were too big so I have to pick out the smaller ones for them.
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:13 PM   #10 
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My girl Gabriel was my picky eater. I didn't know if she was going to eat. After about a week of trying to get to get her to eat the Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets, she finally did. I guess she realized I'm not giving her anything else and she needs to eat!
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