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Old 11-10-2009, 07:44 PM   #1 
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Doesn't Like Flakes or Pellets?

My newest Betta (that replaced the dead one) hasn't eaten in 6 days...

...OK, well he's eaten a small part of a frozen pea, and 6 blood worms. He won't eat anything but blood worms now (I found some frozen, and I thaw them out).

How can I get him to eat flakes? He's very active, water temp might be 3 degrees cool... but other then that... everything is fine...
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:49 PM   #2 
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New bettas can take a week or two before they're comfortable enough to eat. I would just keep giving him pellets or flakes (whatever you were giving him) and he will realize that that's his food and start eating.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:10 PM   #3 
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he might just not like flakes or pellets. what about freezedried foods?

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Old 11-10-2009, 08:33 PM   #4 
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I kind of have the same problem..but my fish isn't new. Shes probably been at my house for about a month..and I dont think I have seen her eat in almost two weeks. Shes lost almost all her color now and I don't know what to do.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:54 PM   #5 
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Just fed him 3 more blood worms, he pretty much ate them off my finger.

I put a single flake on the water right after a blood worm, he looked at it, turned his nose up, and swam off. He'll go back to the pet store before I buy him nothing but blood worms and brine shrimp. Any more advice on how to get him to eat flakes?
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:56 PM   #6 
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i would lay off the bloodworms for awhile and only give them flakes or pellets, bettas are hardy and can hold out on food for weeks at a time, bloodworms should only be used as treats and not full time food.........
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:01 PM   #7 
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I recommend Hikari betta bio gold pellets.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:50 PM   #8 
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Thanks. I think I've tried to find those pellets before with no luck. I'll try a few more places. Until then I'll just try laying a flake or two down and see if he eats. I'll give it a week or two from this point and see what happens!
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Wardleys is also a good brand.
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Old 11-10-2009, 11:53 PM   #10 
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^^ Ah! I did see that one at WalMart!

Right now I have Tetra brand BettaMin: Tropical Medley & Aqua Culture brand Betta pellet food
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