New betta won’t eat pellets

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I bought this cutie about a week ago and he won’t touch the omega one pellets I feed my bettas. I also have smaller hikari pellets I tried to feed him. He will eat frozen brine shrimp, but I usually only feed that to my bettas as a treat and don’t want to make frozen his only food source. Anyone experienced this? Should I keep trying to feed him this until he’s hungry enough? Also, does anyone have any good name ideas? He’s very active
 

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I bought this cutie about a week ago and he won’t touch the omega one pellets I feed my bettas. I also have smaller hikari pellets I tried to feed him. He will eat frozen brine shrimp, but I usually only feed that to my bettas as a treat and don’t want to make frozen his only food source. Anyone experienced this? Should I keep trying to feed him this until he’s hungry enough? Also, does anyone have any good name ideas? He’s very active
He’s a very beautiful fish. When I need to train a fish to eat a different food what I usually do is use a pair of tweezers to feed what they do recognize as food for a day or two and then use the same pair of tweezers to feed the new food, that way they see the tweezers in the water and recognize the pellets as food. I also find it helpful to disturb the water where the pellet fell in like the same motion that a bug would disturb the water, I’ve found it usually entices any fish to at least investigate the food.
 
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He’s a very beautiful fish. When I need to train a fish to eat a different food what I usually do is use a pair of tweezers to feed what they do recognize as food for a day or two and then use the same pair of tweezers to feed the new food, that way they see the tweezers in the water and recognize the pellets as food. I also find it helpful to disturb the water where the pellet fell in like the same motion that a bug would disturb the water, I’ve found it usually entices any fish to at least investigate the food.
I’ll give the tweezer idea a shot! He already has investigated the food and then turns his nose up at it lol
 

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A big issue is betta diets in general. They actually do not do all that well on most pellets. They're usually fine on them but its not really the best thing for them. Then a lot of breeders raise their fry on live/frozen foods. I personally mainly feed mine frozen brine and bloodworms then pellets are more the random on occasion food.

I'd try offering a variety of foods regularly. Eventually they usually pick at the pellets. When I import bettas for example they are almost exclusively fed live foods so it takes a while to get them to the point they'll eat pellets. Just keep trying and offering different pellets. Try to feed in the same spot in the tank eat time too as sometimes they'll just grab without looking and realize pellets aren't all that bad.
 

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e_watson09 said:
A big issue is betta diets in general. They actually do not do all that well on most pellets. They're usually fine on them but its not really the best thing for them. Then a lot of breeders raise their fry on live/frozen foods. I personally mainly feed mine frozen brine and bloodworms then pellets are more the random on occasion food.

I'd try offering a variety of foods regularly. Eventually they usually pick at the pellets. When I import bettas for example they are almost exclusively fed live foods so it takes a while to get them to the point they'll eat pellets. Just keep trying and offering different pellets. Try to feed in the same spot in the tank eat time too as sometimes they'll just grab without looking and realize pellets aren't all that bad.
Yes, I got away from the dry food, and mainly feed frozen bloodworms, daphnia, brine shrimp. He loves peas and other veggies, so this evens out the diet.
I attempt to trick him into pellets here and there, but that little bugger just spits them out again. I can see the expression in his face. So I let him enjoy what he likes.
 

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