Betta Kinda Refusing To Eat Pellet

Daniel Price

Member
I got the male Betta on Saturday. the water is 0 0 for ammonia and nitrite. 79F
Before he was brought home, I asked when was the last feeding. It was in the morning.
Later the night, I fed him betta flakes. Did not like it. Assumed it preferred pellet. Next day I got them.
At first he tried to eat it then spat out. Attempted again when soft. Spat out. Later the pellets where gone. I tried to find them on the bottom. One had landed on a stone and was later gone. There is a nerite snail in the tank. The Betta is hunting and probably at all of the pest snails that where in the tank.
I should have asked the store what they are fed.
How do you convince a Betta to eat a new diet.
Or he was waiting for them to be really soft like baby food.
(can I feed ants and small larvae of a bug) (and where can I get live blood worms for him to hunt)
 

SunEater

Member
The pellets might be a little big for him depending on his size and the size of the food. You could try cutting them in half if they're larger pellets. You could also pre-soak the pellets in a small cup of his tank water for a few minutes and then feed them to him.
 

omaia

Member
When I got my third betta, he absolutely REFUSED to eat. I tried flakes (nope), bloodworms (nibbled but then ignored) and then pellets. He spit them out like yours is, so I soaked them and cut them in half once they were soft. He ate them like that for a few days, and now that he’s used to the taste he’ll eat them dry. I’d definitely cut them in half, but if he still won’t eat you could try breeding snails (in a separate tank!) and dropping a few tiny ones in at feeding time.
 

omaia

Member
When I got my third betta, he absolutely REFUSED to eat. I tried flakes (nope), bloodworms (nibbled but then ignored) and then pellets. He spit them out like yours is, so I soaked them and cut them in half once they were soft. He ate them like that for a few days, and now that he’s used to the taste he’ll eat them dry. I’d definitely cut them in half, but if he still won’t eat you could try breeding snails (in a separate tank!) and dropping a few tiny ones in at feeding time.
 
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Daniel Price

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omaia said:
When I got my third betta, he absolutely REFUSED to eat. I tried flakes (nope), bloodworms (nibbled but then ignored) and then pellets. He spit them out like yours is, so I soaked them and cut them in half once they were soft. He ate them like that for a few days, and now that he’s used to the taste he’ll eat them dry. I’d definitely cut them in half, but if he still won’t eat you could try breeding snails (in a separate tank!) and dropping a few tiny ones in at feeding time.
I think he is 8 weeks old and I called store and they said they give biogold pellets
 

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