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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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So I have picky eater. My male betta is consuming really nicely Hikari Pellets, but if it comes to other food he will try it and spits it out. I tried freeze blood worms and shrimps. Also I tried Bug bites for medium/large fish after crushing them. Most of it ends up at the bottom of the tank and I have to trie multiple time to see him consuming one pellet or one blood worm.
My females are eating everything nicely.

Should I be worried about my male betta "Peanut" is it a sign of sickness or just give him more time to adjust to variety of food?
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Hikari pellets are not really as good as they once were. Their formula was changed and they don't have the best mix for betta but if that is what your guy likes and eats than I would say he has told you what he wants. It's not a sign of sickness it's a sign he doesn't recognize the other as food. The blood worms and shrimp are they freeze dried or are they frozen. After frozen is thawed it becomes much like live to their taste. I know two of my boys go crazy over the frozen and still eat the flake food on a regular basis. The other 4 have no idea what frozen food is and will only eat flake. It's something they have always had since I had them and with out stopping their diet to try and change it I will continue to feed them what they recognize as food.
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The blood worms and shrimp are they freeze dried or are they frozen. After frozen is thawed it becomes much like live to their taste. I know two of my boys go crazy over the frozen and still eat the flake food on a regular basis. The other 4 have no idea what frozen food is and will only eat flake. It's something they have always had since I had them and with out stopping their diet to try and change it I will continue to feed them what they recognize as food.
The blood worms and shrimps are frozen. After thawing them I use twizzlers and give to the fish. Girls love it but my boy spits it out.
I will be keep trying though, today after few attempts he ate one blood worm and few Hikari Pelets 😊
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No need to worry. Either stick with the Hikari or stop for a while and only feed something else until, as OD59 said, he recognizes it as food. Many new Betta go through the same thing when they've only been fed one thing prior to sale.

Give him five minutes with the new food and if he doesn't eat it use a turkey baster to remove it. Wait a few hours and try again. Sometimes it only takes once or twice; sometimes a week or more. But, trust me, he will not starve himself.

When the Hikari runs out I would suggest something like NorthFin Betta Bits, New Life Spectrum or Omega One. Or any food with whole fish or whole fish meal as the first ingredient.
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Update on my picky eater.
After few days of trying he eats different things. He likes frozen shrimps the best. But also eats crushed Bug Bites and frozen blood worms. He reacts to tweezers. When he sees them, he comes to them and try to eat anything what I am holding. Big succes thanks to advices you guys gave me. Thank you!!
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