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Old 03-22-2011, 03:56 AM   #1 
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Question Is this the right food?

I bought my betta Harley some betta pellets when I got him. The're labeled as small pellets. Since I got him, 6 days ago, I'm not sure he's eaten any of the pellets yet. They just seem to sit on top of the water. I was told at pet-smart today that if he doesn't eat what I feed him (2-3 pellets) in 2-5 minutes, I should scoop them out until I feed him again so they don't cause algae. While there I also bought some blood worms for him. As soon as I dropped a couple in the bowl, he came over and ate them right up. So is it safe to permanently switch him to blood worms for food or just use it as a treat? Or should I just try to find smaller/different pellets for him?
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:07 AM   #2 
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I bought my betta Harley some betta pellets when I got him. The're labeled as small pellets. Since I got him, 6 days ago, I'm not sure he's eaten any of the pellets yet. They just seem to sit on top of the water. I was told at pet-smart today that if he doesn't eat what I feed him (2-3 pellets) in 2-5 minutes, I should scoop them out until I feed him again so they don't cause algae. While there I also bought some blood worms for him. As soon as I dropped a couple in the bowl, he came over and ate them right up. So is it safe to permanently switch him to blood worms for food or just use it as a treat? Or should I just try to find smaller/different pellets for him?
Blood worms don't really have enough nutritional value to be a primary food source. You could try a different type of pellet. I have a few different types of pellets for my bettas because they will only eat certain types, mine are picky eaters, lol.
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:09 AM   #3 
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blood worms--1-2 as a treat every few days, not as a food, try a few different types of pellets, or flake even. then you can also get frozen brine shrimp (or hatch your own)
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Old 03-22-2011, 04:11 AM   #4 
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Thanks, I'll try to find some different / smaller pellets. The bloodworms will just be a treat. For frozen brine shrimp do they go in frozen or unthawed first? I'm assuming unthawed so it doesn't mess with the water temp.

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Old 03-22-2011, 04:28 AM   #5 
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get a small container, scoop out an inch of water break off a bit of a square (CAREFUL NOT TO OVER FEED ITS SO EASY) put the frozen thing of bbs into the container of inch water swirl till its thawed or stick it under a light
pour into the tank a little at a time

this is the way i do it, but be SUPER careful about the amount you feed otherwise hewill get sick
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:55 AM   #6 
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Stop feeding anything but the pellets for now. Before you run out and buy ten different kinds, you can try squashing up the ones you have a bit and try those. (If you feel they are too big) You can also presoak them in some tank water to soften them up a bit, then put them in the tank for him.
Offer the pellets, remove what goes uneaten. If he doesn't eat, try again the next day.
He won't starve himself and he should be eating pellets as a main source of food...everything else is just treats. Sometimes it's a contest of wills...a healthy betta can go a couple of weeks without eating. I don't think he'll wait that long.

Once he is eating the pellets regularly, you can reintroduce the snacks.

Mine took almost a week before he would touch the pellets. He was used to being fed dried bloodworms and refused the pellets day after day. Now he constantly begs..lol.
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My betta tried to eat his pellets but they were to big for him so I switched to a micro pellet and now he eats them right up.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:06 PM   #8 
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If you're willing, you could always feed a frozen diet. I only feed my bettas frozen food, and the occasional live insect like wingless fruit flies and ants. XD I feed frozen bloodworms, mysis shrimp, daphnia and brine shrimp. It's important though when feeding frozen to have a variety of foods, not just one or two.
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Excellent! I'm glad he's eating for you. Thats great to hear :)
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