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My Dragon Scale Male Betta doesn't eat his food right. When I give him the pellets, he attempts to eat it but can't break off a piece so he just gives up on eating it. Is this normal? Should he be able to eat it? The food is meant for red Betta fish. My solution is mashing up the pellets a little bit into smaller pieces for him which works.
 

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It sounds to me like they may be too big or too hard for him to eat. I suggest breaking them apart if possible, or finding smaller pellets. May I ask what brand you feed? Hikari makes very small ones that I've never had a problem with in the past, though I have had other brands where the pellets were larger, and I had to soak them first and then feed, so the betta could bite it apart (or I had to manually break them as you do).
 

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Owen was having trouble with Omega One. I feel like they were maybe a bit big for him….he would chew them up and then spit out a bunch of chewed up food about 5 minutes after eating. The last two meals I have given him Ocean Nutrition pellets and not a single problem. They seem smaller. I know the food is not considered as good as Omega One but he really likes it and he's not spitting. I'm sticking with it.
 

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I have a fish who can't handle omega one as well. I picked up some New Life Spectrum small fish formula. They are teeny and excellent nutritionally. All my fish gobble them up! :)
 

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My small female can't eat full omega one pellets. What you can do is crush them up or cut them in half and feed it to him. It sounds like that pellets just might be too big for him to eat.
 

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I have a dragon scale as Well, he just wouldnt even go near pellets, so I tried different brands but none of them worked so I switched to flakes and he just attacks them and they are gone within 1 minute from the time I put them in. He is truly the king of his 10 gallon tank.
 

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Yeah, I just did a side by side comparison of Omega One and Ocean Nutrition and the Ocean Nutrition is significantly smaller. Is it similar to NLS? I would switch to that.
Look at the ingredients on the Ocean Nutrition pellets. You want to make sure they are high quality pellets. The first few ingredients should be some type of fish product (not fish meal), for example it should be shrimp, whole (any type of fish), krill, etc. If the first ingredient is fish meal or wheat meal or any other type of wheat product then those are fillers and will bloat your fish. Also check the percentage of crud protein, make sure it is high.
 
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