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Old 02-20-2011, 05:42 PM   #1 
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How long does it take for a Betta to eat after it gets home??

Hey all...I bought my Betta Lily on Saturday and i fed her yesterday but she didn't eat anything, I tried to feed her again today but she didn't seem interested is that normal? Or is it that she doesn't like flakes?
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:24 PM   #2 
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Many bettas are hesitant to eat when they're put in new surroundings. It took my Archimedes two or three days after bringing him home before he became interested in food. Now he can't get enough! Most bettas don't seem to like flakes. I would get Lily some betta pellets.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:30 PM   #3 
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Thanks! Will get her some asap! =)
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:36 PM   #4 
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Wich brand of betta pellets is best?

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Old 02-20-2011, 09:07 PM   #5 
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I think Top Fins products are excellent so of course I would suggest Top Fin Color Enhancing Betta Bits, they are filled with all the things your betta needs and they improve my betta's color. I would also considering getting the Top Fin freeze dried blood worms because they need a varitey (not just pellets and flakes)and because many people's bettas love them including mine. :)

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Old 02-20-2011, 11:59 PM   #6 
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Thanks BettasForever....I will go and buy some and give it a try =)
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:24 AM   #7 
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it depends on the betta. i've had some eat the day they got home, some didn't care for a day or two. give her time. :3 females are a bit more skittish about new things, i've noticed.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:41 AM   #8 
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Perhaps I'm over worrying, she does seem quite active and curious about everything except food...I'm going to buy some pellets and see if she prefers those..and give her more time to settle down before fully panicking! lol!
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:02 AM   #9 
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I find if you wiggle something (I use frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp) around with some tweezers near their head, it usually gets their attention enough to snap at it. Once they have had a taste, it's usually enough for them to realise what you're doing.

My fish-in-a-jar nearly had a heart attack when I gave him some live food about an hour after he was introduced into his new tank. I was surprised how instinctive hunting is in them. He chased down that mosquito larvae and had snapped it up in about a second flat.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:39 AM   #10 
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Little Betta Fish, that is an awesome idea, thank you. My betta still hasn't wanted to eat much and I'm pretty sure the pellet he nommed was an accident, lol. Though the other one I brought home yesterday keeps giving me the "Food?" face. Neither of them pay any attention to flakes though.
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