Hi everyone! New user & new Betta owner as well. I've had Rosso (italian for red) for about a month - month and a half. He seems like a pretty happy Betta (has a huge bubble nest going).
I wanted to try and get him some better quality pellets and decided to introduce the new pellets last night and this morning but he doesn't seem to enthusiastic about the new food. I tried mixing in some of the old pellets this morning to make sure he would at least eat something.
I am guessing if he's turning his nose up at the new food now, he's probably going to continue to do so?
Yes and no.. depends on how stubborn and hard headed he is, and how easily you will cave :)
If you really want him to eat the new food because it has better ingredients, then you can try a couple options.
The nice way: Either juice from a jar of garlics, or a fresh garlic clove smashed up with a tiny bit of water- soak the new pellets you are about to feed to him in the juice/ garlic water mix, for a few seconds right before you are about to feed him. Garlic usually stimulates hunger for them, but sometimes, they are wise to that trick and doesn't always work.
The not-so nice way: Only offer the new food at each meal. Don't give him anything else. They can live 2+ weeks before they starve- so after a day don't give in to his begging, he won't allow himself to starve. Just keep offering the new, nothing else. Remove any pellets not eaten shortly after meal time to prevent water fouling up.
Keep up on him with that for about a week.. if by the 7th day he hasn't eaten, then throw your hands up in the air, curse him out, threaten to throw a shark in with him, sigh, tell him you're sorry, and feed him his old pellets.
Thank you so much for the response. I will give it a shot. I won't be too upset if he rejects the new pellets. I have some other brands that are available that I might give a shot if he doesn't care too much for the new pellets.
Also wondering, what would be a good supplement to his diet in addition to the pellets. I don't live in an area that has a lot of pet shops, so my options are somewhat limited. I am trying to give him a diet that will keep him healthy and happy.
My options where I live is a reptile store and Walmart.. I so need to move into an actual city one day..
Anyways, so I feel your pain on options outside of pellets.
Frozen blood worms, shrimp, etc would be great for them. High in protein, which is very healthy for them.
You can try betta specific flakes (fish meal being first ingredient), just be careful to not over feed, as well as remove any uneaten after meal time.
Freeze dried blood worms are good for treats or a once/twice a week meal supplement. Just pre soak them in tank water before feeding, otherwise they will bloat up in their stomachs. They are high in protein, but not a whole lot more then that.
My betta ,Subzero, didn't like pellets. He will only eat flakes. He watches them for a few seconds and them BAM! he gobbles them up >-<. Silly fish...turning down pellets,the steak for betta's, for flakes, the fast food for betta's.
Only one of mine will touch anything freeze dried.. it's tough trying to get them to eat new foods sometimes.
New Life Spectrum seems to be very popular with the member's here and their fish, could see if they have any of that at Petsmart, as well as they should sell frozen food, at least they used to many years back when I last went there.
Apparently my little boy is not quite ready to go hungry. His healthy betta appetite has him trying the pellets out and he doesn't seem to mind them. I am definitely happy to see him eating something that has better ingredients.
New Life Spectrum are definitely a quality brand. I feed my betta's the cichlid NLS pellets (I can't get the betta ones and the cichlid ones are free) and they love it. They have some high quality ingredients (high in protein, low in fat).