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Old 08-19-2011, 02:57 PM   #1 
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Need advice on picky eater!

It seems something is always going on with my Bettas. My beautiful new boy Ares won't eat. I have had him for almost two weeks and he hasn't eaten anything. He tries to eat, spits it out, then repeats the process one or two more times before letting the food sink to the bottom. I have tried feeding him pellets, freeze dried bloodworms, and even flakes. I have soaked his food, crushed it, soaked then crushed, nothing seems to work. A guy at my lfs told me that if I put a live plant in there, he will eat the roots and that will build up his appetite enough to eat real food. I don't know if this is true though, as my other Betta never touched his plants roots. He probably needs to eat something though, so does anyone have any advice?
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:37 PM   #2 
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It seems something is always going on with my Bettas. My beautiful new boy Ares won't eat. I have had him for almost two weeks and he hasn't eaten anything. He tries to eat, spits it out, then repeats the process one or two more times before letting the food sink to the bottom. I have tried feeding him pellets, freeze dried bloodworms, and even flakes. I have soaked his food, crushed it, soaked then crushed, nothing seems to work. A guy at my lfs told me that if I put a live plant in there, he will eat the roots and that will build up his appetite enough to eat real food. I don't know if this is true though, as my other Betta never touched his plants roots. He probably needs to eat something though, so does anyone have any advice?
How big is your betta? He may be a little guy and need smaller pellets or live/frozen foods..I wouldn't listen to the LFS guy..Bettas don't eat roots.
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:49 PM   #3 
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I would try frozen. Worked for my picky boy.
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:21 PM   #4 
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I can try frozen, that might work and I know it would be better for him than freeze dried. As for size issues, he is about the same size as my other betta, and that fish eats like a pig! I have tried crushing the pellets into little pieces, and Ares still spits them out. I will try the frozen bloodworms when I can get them, and I will let you know if they work. Thank you for the advice!
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:27 PM   #5 
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try frozen brine shrimp as well if you can the stinkier the food the more it might help encourage him to eat.
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:38 PM   #6 
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I will see what the local pet places have, thanks. How do you feed frozen food? Do you thaw it first or just put it in? I have always given my fish pellets or freeze dried, so I have no experience with frozen.
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:47 PM   #7 
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I will see what the local pet places have, thanks. How do you feed frozen food? Do you thaw it first or just put it in? I have always given my fish pellets or freeze dried, so I have no experience with frozen.
I use tweezers. I break off tiny pieces of the block and let it thaw for a little while..For the bloodworms I use the tweezers to hold it and move it around in the water..my guys love to chase it down. I've never personally met a betta that refused to eat a bloodworm.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:48 AM   #8 
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Maybe there is a different reason he is not eating.
This is what he looked like last night:
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And this is what he looks like this morning:
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How did this happen? There is nothing in his tank that could have caused this kind of damage. Do I have a tail biter on my hands or a disease? :(
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Looks like he's been munching on his tail.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:04 AM   #10 
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What should I do about that?
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