Female Betta Just Can't Eat.

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    shooter78 New Member Member

    ok. So I've posted about my female betta before. She can't eat full pellets. She can (for the most part) eat the same pellets if they are mashed up. When I give her the full pellets, she will swallow it, then about two seconds later 'barf' it up. After she barfs it up she will try again and again but now she'll just put it in the very tip of her mouth then spit it out super far right away. She does not seem ill at all. She actually seems hungry and is often searching the rocks for food. She will like go almost vertical and like 'dig' or 'attack' the rocks which to me seems like she's looking for food.Is she just playing with the food? I'm worried she's hungry.
     
  2. Aquaphobia

    Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    What tail type is she? Any difficulty swimming? Have you tried pre-soaking her pellets or offering live/frozen foods?
     
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    shooter78 New Member Member

    I'm not exactly sure I just got her from petsmart so it just said female betta. I think just veiltail. Here's a picture of her IMG 5589

    She seems to swim fine. She loves to swim around. I haven't tried soaking her pellets no, because I thought maybe just crushing the pellets would be fine since it worked. The only frozen food I have is bloodworms but I'll try that today.
     


  4. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

    If its causing her injury, stop feeding them.

    Cut the pallets in half. From the sound of it, she seems like a juvenile. Please correct me if she is an adult betta and has problems eating.

    An alternative is to get a temporary sea monkey kit and feed them. You'll find more information under 'brine shrimp.'

    Another alternative is frozen brine shrimp or frozen mini bloodworms which the betta can bite into.

    You can also try flake.

    All of that until she grows enough to eat pallets. Keep her water clean and dont let her injure herself anymore.

    Ps: she can survive on as little as 1-2 pallets a day. She won't die of starvation, but she can die from ripping her mouth open.


    Edit: any fish is always hungry, always, and will eat to death if given a chance.
     
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    shooter78 New Member Member

    yes she is quite little. I will give the frozen bloodworms I have a try and look for some other frozen foods at our pet store. Thanks!
     
  6. tunafax

    tunafax Well Known Member Member

    1 full size bloodworm is enough, or 2 mini. You can stab it a bit with a toothpick to help break it into smaller pieces.
     
  7. fishgame6

    fishgame6 Valued Member Member

    switch the food also with pellets cut them in half then soak them its what i did

    also with soaking them try it with garlic juice
     
  8. Betta Fish Specialist

    Betta Fish Specialist New Member Member

    My betta fish always spit her food and eats it again but now shes just swallows it. She making the food softer by doing that. If you want, soak 1-3 pellets in water for 2 minutes and give it to her. Shell eat it

    Shes not getting hurt