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Old 10-07-2010, 05:49 PM   #1 
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Betta Not Eating

I've had my betta for just under a week now and at first he wouldn't even go near the food I gave him. Now, he will eat it, but a few moments later he spits it out. I'm worried since he hasn't eaten since I got him last weekend. I used Omega One Betta buffet Pellets. I tried soaking them but he did the same thing. Could it be the food? Or is he still adjusting? Help please!
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:11 PM   #2 
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I've had my betta for just under a week now and at first he wouldn't even go near the food I gave him. Now, he will eat it, but a few moments later he spits it out. I'm worried since he hasn't eaten since I got him last weekend. I used Omega One Betta buffet Pellets. I tried soaking them but he did the same thing. Could it be the food? Or is he still adjusting? Help please!

Don't worry about him starving to death, Betta's can last for ages without food..
He is probably still adjusting
Try soaking his pellets in pure garlic juice, this will stimulate his appetite.. and its also a naturaul anti-parasitic so he will build resistances to internal parasites or external ones,
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:11 PM   #3 
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Hes could still be adjusting...I've heard of bettas taking up to two weeks to settle in, but on average it takes a few days, IME, for a normal betta to settle and begin eating once they're in a nice, heated tank wish clean water.
It can also depend on the condition he was in before, obviously a fish that was in bad condition when you bought him is going to take longer to get accustomed to his surroundings.....

You can try a couple different brands pf pellets, some can just be picky eaters too. ;) Just don't be fooled into getting freeze-dried anything, freeze-dried has very little nutrition and can cause bloating issues even when properly prepared.

Haha, I've been beat to it...xD But, just another thing I thought of....I advise ALWAYS soaking your pellets in at least a little tank water before feeding. It makes it easier for them to eat, and reduces the potential for bloating issues ;)

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Old 11-06-2010, 08:21 PM   #4 
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Mine's having the same problem. I'm on day 2 of mine not eating with both flakes and pellets.. Let me know if yours starts eating! Best of luck!
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:25 AM   #5 
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I've had my betta for just under a week now and at first he wouldn't even go near the food I gave him. Now, he will eat it, but a few moments later he spits it out. I'm worried since he hasn't eaten since I got him last weekend. I used Omega One Betta buffet Pellets. I tried soaking them but he did the same thing. Could it be the food? Or is he still adjusting? Help please!
My betta was same way in beginning, some pellet (forget brand name) and he kept spitting it out. He loves the Hikari Bio Gold pellets however.

I feed him the bio gold pellets daily and Freeze dried bloodworms twice a week.

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Old 11-07-2010, 12:48 AM   #6 
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Omega One Pellets are huge, try crushing them into smaller pieces. Its probably too big for him to eat.

Only my biggest VT males can manage to eat a whole one of those and even then they have to do a lot of chewing.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:00 AM   #7 
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+1 for the pellet being to big. I use New Life Spectrum, they have a really small pellet size.
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