Originally Posted by RussellTheShihTzu
I'd keep some thawed bloodworms in a pill bottle in the fridge and when you see one out grab the tongs, tap the tank and offer. If you have a lid they will soon learn the lifting of the lid means food. BTW, I use a pipette to tap the tank but a plastic straw will work. .
Help! How in the world do you feed them pellets when in a community tank? Very specifically, please? I apologize in advance for the overly specific post and greatly, very much indeed, appreciate your input:
I am of course now enamored with these frogs and determined to make this work. I believe it's possible...
And you were quite right! They certainly know the opening of the lid means food and are quite happy to come to the front of the tank quickly, now. No more frog hunting :) But...
At this point I'm spending about 20 minutes a day trying to feed my fish & frogs. And I"m not sure that my frogs are getting enough food. And I have never seen my betta's stomach so full, **holy cow** it's downright scary how much he's eating. He hasn't eaten a betta pellet since frog day 1 :\ So clearly I need a different way to feed the frogs (preferably that allows me to fast the betta tomorrow because wow I've never seen him poop like this).
1. Bloodworms (frozen, thawed with tank water)
* The frogs will readily take a bloodworm, one by one if I'm grabbing it in the tongs from one end and they can grab it from the other (if I put on more than one, the rest just fall to the bottom, which means the betta gets them). So I could just feed them ?3 ?5 ?7 bloodworms daily. The only catch is that I have to keep them on opposite sides of the tank while trying to feed them from the tongs, or the one guy attacks the other.
But they need the more 'complete' food of the (HBH Frog & Tadpole) pellets, too, not just bloodworms, right?
*I tried shooting the bloodworms toward them with a syringe. They might catch one, if they're lucky. The not-caught attempts fall to the ground and...betta food.
They're happy enough to eat them, they accept them fine. But I can't get the pellets into their mouths.
*If I time it just perfectly, they will eat a pellet chunk of just the right size (whole is too big) while it's falling down, after I've let it go from the tongs/syringe (because when it's in the tongs they can't get to it, they just attack the tongs). But that means the rest of the pieces of pellet that they miss are not caught = more food for the betta.
* Letting a soaked pellet fall to the substrate. They literally walk right over it. (more betta food) They also won't eat bloodworms off of the substrate.
* I haven't tried the 'put in a plate and drop it down with a tube when they're near' method yet. I'll try that tomorrow. I'm asking these questions first, because I sense my learning curve on that will again mean an overfed betta.