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Old 04-08-2011, 10:31 PM   #1 
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Food suggestions for a picky eater

My betta seems to reject everything but blood worms. (I know, I know- don't just feed blood worms) Does anyone know some really good fish foods I can combine with this that he is likely to eat? I want to get him something else- but I don't have an endless budget, so I'd love some suggestions.

Currently Rejected:
Top Fin Pellets
Omega One Flakes
Some other brand of flakes
Freeze Dried brine shrimp
(and the well-duh rejection) Sinking granuals by tetra
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:31 PM   #2 
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How frustrating!

Quick questions: How long have you had your betta? How long did you try each before dismissing it as a reject food?
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:35 PM   #3 
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Not very long, I'll admit. Each one I tried for a day or two seeing him taste it- and then move away and not come back to it. I haven't had him very long either... about long enough to test all the food, some twice (particularly the pellets and Omega One flakes)
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:42 PM   #4 
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maybe try crushing them up? might just be a bit big
or apparently soaking them in garlic juice can help
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:44 PM   #5 
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The reason I ask is because it sounds like you've got a good supply of food, but a fish that is being stubborn and just wanting his chocolate cake (bloodworms) all the time. It's not usual for a betta to not eat for the first few days or even the first week in their new home after you bring them home.

Pellets tend to be a better quality food. You can feed a more consistent amount and the ingredients tend to have a stronger real fish list. Decide what food you'd prefer your fish eat and try just that for a while. Your fish will eat. Bloodworms are a good once a week treat. Many here feed their fish six days and fast one day. Just know that while you are getting it sorted out, you don't have to worry your betta is starving. :)
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:46 PM   #6 
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Alright, no new fish food :) I'll keep working with what I have :)

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maybe try crushing them up? might just be a bit big
or apparently soaking them in garlic juice can help
It sounds like you just heard that... but do you think soaking them in tank water that has garlic powder in it would work about the same?
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:52 PM   #7 
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I've heard of that method as well...I think crushing them might work. My boy used to be a picky eater until night time fell. Bloodworms and brine shrimp are the two foods no matter what betta's will never be able to resist. Maybe pick a time where your betta is ultra active and then try seeing if he'll nom.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:57 PM   #8 
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Is your betta more active at night? mine tends to "sleep" or get super inactive at night.

Ironically brine shrimp is one he is rejecting :p perhaps it's strange... but that was one he ignored the most.
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Old 04-09-2011, 12:33 AM   #9 
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He is a little more active at night but only if the light is on. If a light is off he'll find a place to curl up against and sleep. Usually his silk plant or squeezes in by the thermomitor to sleep.

Well all betta's are different. Maybe mixing some of the flakes as you give it to him or fast him for a day. When I had to fast Aki he went crazy trying to find food. From trying to move the plastic gems in his tank to actually trying to move the gravel...He was hungry and was letting me know it.
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:03 AM   #10 
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FWIW, I feed New Life Spectrum Growth Formula (50% protein & 9% fat) to my bettas. The pellets are TINY, they have garlic in them and everybody LOVES them!!!! :)
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