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Q: How can I get my new Betta to eat his food?

August 6, 2008 | By Anna | 6 answers | Expired: 2066 days ago

Anna

I recently purchased a male betta fish on Aug. 5th and he will not eat for me. I have fed him the regular wardleys betta pellets and he wants them because he eats them but spits it out like he doesnt like the taste. I also tried some spare goldfish flakes and he does the same with those. We called the petstore back and they told us that they fed their bettas freezedried bloodworms as a main food instead of a treat food. The worker said that he should adjust and finally figure out that the pellets are food but it hasnt worked yet and I dont know how long to give him to adjust before I may have to buy bloodworms. Has anyone had this problem before? How can I get him to learn that this is his food?


Thank you everyone for giving me such great answers! It helped a lot. I finally saw him fully eat a pellet this evening after sucking it in and spitting it out atleast 10 times :) I guess he just likes it softer and a little chewed up before he swallows it. He waited until it finally turned to a little sinking blob of mush and then sucked it in and mouthed it some more and then swallowed. I'll probably get some bloodworms or shrimp anyway to alternate as a treat for him but I think he should be fine now. Thanks again for all your help!!!

Readers' Answers (6)
sharon d.
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Aug 06, 2008

Bettas are funny little creatures when it comes to food and habits. One Betta that I saved from a teacher refused frozen Bloodworms which was quite shocking to me as they're the closest thing to live food that there is.
A Betta's tummy is about the size of his eye,so two or three pellets should be good for him.
Since you've only had the little guy a day,I'm sure that he is still adjusting to the change and such, of his new environment.Give him a few more days, but continue to try with the pellets.Try and fish out whatever he doesn't eat so it doesn't rot in the tank.
My Bettas all eat the frozen and dried Bloodworms and the HBH Betta Bite pellets because (they are a smaller size)They all didn't immediately like them,but over time,they will adjust.Good luck!

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Jessica H.
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Aug 06, 2008

I had a betta that was a picky eater. first i got the flakes and little shrimp food and he ate that fine. then he would just eat the little shrimp then either. so i got food that were big pellets that were in a purple container and he did not like them so i got smaller pellet, Aqua Culture Betta pellet food and he ate that for a long time. he would spit out his food when he ate too much. fish can not eat too much or they will not be able to swim.

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BettaChick
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Aug 06, 2008

Sometimes it can take up to five days to adjust to a new food. Don't worry they don't need to eat much. So if everything is fine just keep ofering the food and scoop out what he doesn't eat. Not eating can sometimes be a sign of stress or illness. Check him for white spots, or torn, inflamed fins or other signs of illness. Make sure the water is free of cholorine but has enough other minerals (bottled drinking water or treated tap water work fine). Remove him from direct light and feel the water or use a themometer to be sure it is above 70 degrees but not too far above 80. If these things all check out, just keep ofering the food. He'll eventually accept it. After five days I might run out for the bloodworms, though.

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