Betta Won't Eat Pellets?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by SuperK, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. SuperKWell Known MemberMember

    My betta will only ever eat my bloodworm cubes, I can't get him to eat the pellets I bought him
    He'll just spit them out

    It's really getting kind of annoying, I don't like to use my frozen cubes too much because they pollute the water a bit. The only other thing I see him eat are my algae wafers, like, aren't they carnivores?

    I was considering getting freeze dried bloodworms instead to minimise pollution. He's so picky and it's so annoying. Anyone else have this issue? What did you do?
  2. _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    I have one Betta that literally would spit out everything, it was really frustrating until I figured out that he'd eat if the food was soaked in water beforehand so that it was softer. Another thing that you could try is soaking the food in garlic juice to make it more appetizing.
    I hope you can get him to eat the pellets, bettas can be so picky sometimes:)

  3. DixieGyspyNew MemberMember

    Mine ate betta flakes, dried blood worms and every fish I have ever had LOVED frozen bloodworms! But yeah they are messy!
    Might give the dried blood worms and see if he takes that. They are definitely not as messy as the frozen cubes

  4. SuperKWell Known MemberMember

    I can't even describe how picky he is haha, he's such a fusspot. I have to feed him out of the pipette too otherwise he won't eat. It's so frustrating.
    I'll try soaking, if it doesn't work, I'll try garlic. Not sure what I'm gonna do after that.

  5. ChaoryValued MemberMember

    Try fasting, everyday throw in a few pellets, if he doesn't eat with 5-10 minutes just take them out. Eventually he will start to eat. They can go one days without food.
  6. SuperKWell Known MemberMember

    Didn't even know you could get betta flakes. I'm going to my LFS today so I'll check it out.

    I have tropical fish flakes that I feed to my other fish, he won't eat those either. I'll try dried blood worms. I feel so bad since he's clearly hungry. But at the same time I find it funny because it's his issue for being such a fussy baby. It's not really his fault, and I'm a picky eater too, so I can relate.

    I always give them certain days to fast, he just... Won't eat. It's so annoying!!! You're hungry!! Eat your food omg. Why are they so fussy anyway?

    He just eats the algae wafers that are for the cories or the blood worms I sometimes give them.
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  7. ChaoryValued MemberMember

    You can feed him a bunch of those and then stop, change water, then try the pellets. It's call will power. Either he give in or you. Changing the water more frequently will trigger hunger. Try it for a week and don't give in.
  8. FishL:))Well Known MemberMember

    I have a picky Betta as well. I soaked his pellets with his aquarium water for a few minutes and that helped. Also, maybe you could not feed him for a couple( or more! :) ) of days and then I'm sure he would probably eat.
  9. DixieGyspyNew MemberMember

    I understand too! Yes I got them at Walmart but if he isn't eating tropical flakes I would think there's a fairly high possibility he won't eat those either! But they are fairly inexpensive so worth a shot. I fed all mine frozen vegetables once too but can't remember the proper process of that but could research it a bit. And it will pollute the water too but good option if nothing else works and you get desperate, pretty positive I did peas and had to remove the outer shell but I can't completely remember. The betta flakes I used were called bettamin I believe by tetra. Good luck!

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  10. SuperKWell Known MemberMember

    I'll try that but I do fast them and he just won't eat haha
  11. LauraRNew MemberMember

    I've run into the same issue with my betta. However, he likes frozen bloodworms and cubes of freeze dried things like shrimps. Easy and cheap! I bought my on eBay.
  12. SenValued MemberMember

    Are you using the pipette to feed the pellets? If not, maybe try feeding pellets with the pipette?

    I have a betta that would only eat pellets (probably that's all he ever got at the pet store?) and was deeply suspicious of anything else, including bloodworms and brine shrimp. I use a toothpick to drop pre-soaked food onto the water surface, and after the betta started trusting the toothpick (following it around instead of ignoring it), he started to eat brine shrimp.

    Anyway, I agree with the garlic recommendation. Alternatively, do you ever alternate food for a meal? Rather than two pellets, try one pellet and a tiny bit of something else once or twice a week, and adjust the balance for more pellets if your betta takes well to it?
  13. CarrieFisherWell Known MemberMember

    I found that the pellets were too big/hard for my last betta.
    I'd take three, crush them on my counter under a butter knife, and then he had no hesitation
  14. AngelTheGypsyFishlore VIPMember

    I have one guy that used to be super picky. He wouldn't eat anything except flakes, and I have omega one betta buffet flakes. I tried freeze dried blood worms, pellets, soaked pellets, etc. flakes only! Then I went on vacation for a week. He was a little hungry when I got back! I also bought the Hikari betta bio gold micro pellets (super small, now I don't know how they eat the regular sized ones) and soak them in tank water until soft. He devours them!!! He will still eat flakes if offered, and frozen blood worms, but not freeze dried. They also have a product called brine shrimp nutri-treats that he ate one time, then my dog ate the whole can. He won't eat freeze dried shrimp and I keep forgetting to find frozen brine shrimp.

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