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Old 02-20-2012, 01:13 AM   #1 
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Is it normal for bettas to "chew" on their pellets?

He kind of nods his head after swallowing a pellet and it looks like chewing. Is this normal?
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:17 AM   #2 
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Oh yes. All of my boys do that. Betta have teeth (if you ever get bitten, you'll know), and they chew food to make it passable into the stomach. In fact all of my fish chew. I don't think I've seen a fish swallow food whole yet.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:24 AM   #3 
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Thank you! :)
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:40 AM   #4 
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If you listen carefully, you can hear them going "OMnomnom"
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:41 AM   #5 
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Swish pulls his in and spits them out until he's done :D
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:52 AM   #6 
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:29 AM   #7 
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I love the little "crunch crunch crunch" noise it makes when they chew!
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:07 AM   #8 
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ahhh!! i love the "crunch crunch" too! so cute. haha.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:59 PM   #9 
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my betta does this too lol

at first i thought he was eating the pellets too quickly and not giving them the chance to soak up some water and soften, so he would wolf the first one down as soon as it hit the water, but then spit it back out

now before i put his pellets in, i fill the pellets lid up with a little of the aquarium water and leave 3-4 pellets in there for a minute or to two to get soft

he really goes to town on them once i throw them in :D
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:06 PM   #10 
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I really enjoy their chewing noise!!! Sooo cute!!
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