Betta Food Issues

LucineT

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I don't quite understand what's happening. My betta fish, Fish has been living in his 15 gallon tank for awhile now with a couple of kuhlI loaches and cardinal tetras.

The kuhlI loaches get a sinking food pallet and for the past couple of weeks, Fish has been guarding the food. He'll nibble on it and stop, but then he'd sit next to the pallet and try and hide it from view from the other fishes with his body and tail.

And when the loaches finally come out to eat, he tries to pull the pallet away from them and when he fails, he just sits there and stares at them.

I was thinking of switching the kuhlI loaches food to something smaller so he'd stop but the cardinal tetras and Fish would normally finish any pallets without letting them sink.

Is this normal betta fish behaviour? Neither of my other two bettas have sinking food since they don't have bottom dwellers in their tank. He doesn't flare at them and there's no nipping.

Edit: I just went to check on them and he's doing it again
 

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Maybe try feeding him after the pellet sinks on the far side of the tank
 
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smee82 said:
Maybe try feeding him after the pellet sinks on the far side of the tank
I'll give it that a go during their next feeding.
I've tried feeding him first and while he's distracted, pop the sinking pellet in but he immediately goes after that instead. I'd feed him in a net like I used to do in his old tank but the loaches take a long while before coming out of their hide to eat.
 

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