RJ making himself at home

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RJ has become quite the little stinker. When I first introduced him to his new home he was very curious about everything. He has an obsession with the airstone and the bubbles it makes. He's constantly investigating it.

He also isn't afraid of his reflection. In fact he's quite conceited. He loves to stare at himself. Has not flared at himself yet. I don't have any paper on the tank either. He's always swimming up and down the tank walls checking himself out. It's so darn cute to watch.

The only thing he's eaten so far are Freeze dried bloodworms and of course the algae wafers. : STINKER. I tried crushing up some of his Betta flakes,but he spit them out. Once again STINKER. SO, yesterday I went out and bought him some Hikari Betta pellets. He's on a fast right now because since he's developed a liking for the wafers : I didn't want him to get constipated.I tried feeding him a pea the other day w/o fasting him, but he refused. All he did was play with it. So, he left me no choice, but to fast him. When I get home today I'm going to try feeding him pea again. Then I'll try him on the pellets tomorrow.

So, I think this little one is going to be one little stinker. I love him all the same though. Natalie
 

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Seems he's having a good time training you, Natalie.  Too bad we can't just hand them a menu and let them place their order.

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Yeah, really. Natalie
 

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Hi Natalie.........RJ sounds like he is a charmer.!! Hey, do you cut up the pea treat or put it in the tank like half? I keep seeing pics of betta with this big hunk of pea, and I painstakingly cut the pea into the tiniest of pieces, and pick them up with a toothpick, cuz they are too small for me to pick up?

I have to say, they sure have fun playing with the big pieces - it is fun to watch.

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Yeah it is fun to watch. I usually cut them up. I only feed 3-4 pieces. A whole half a pea is really too much for them to consume. I usually cut the half in half and then 4 small pieces. Natalie
 

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It so good to see you happy with your new family member. Guess you grew attached to him LOL
 

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yea, we found that they are cute to watch playing with a 1/2 of a pea like a little dog with a big bone and eventually ours do eat a good bit of it, but after the first time we did that we got to thinking about a better way to feed them the 1/2 pea, so we've also started mincing it as small as we can - then feeding like the pea pieces are pellets. Works great & we find the little guys like to pretend they're done eating a piece to get another one so we watch for them to finish each piece.
For Angel, we have to mince it even tinier because the pieces the boys eat fine look big in her little mouth and she swims around playing with it like they do with a 1/2 of a pea.

Natalie's right - a whole pea is too much.. The first time we fed a whole pea like we read, our little Betta looked like he'd swallowed a green basketball.

I think RJ & Sora should start a Finicky Bettas Club.
 

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nmwierman1977 said:
Yeah it is fun to watch. I usually cut them up. I only feed 3-4 pieces. A whole half a pea is really too much for them to consume. I usually cut the half in half and then 4 small pieces. Natalie

Even though Neptune has discriminating tastes - he eats everything I give him. I give him half of a half, and hand feed him - put the pea piece on end of my finger and he goes for it. He is not too long picking it up if he drops it. It makes me laugh cuz they say food from the bottom of the tank will help cycling - well I have yet to see Neptune let a piece of food drop. He never misses - ever!!! Sundays are his "pea" day. Oh he makes me laugh right out loud. My husband thinks I'm nuts as he hears me laughing!

The only food I don't hand feed are the pellets, and he snarfs those straight down, spinning around in all directions to ensure they don't get away!!

I have to say it again - Who knew?? Val
 

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Gotta love when they know how good they look
 
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Asinity said:
Gotta love when they know how good they look
Yes, they definitely know Asinity. Natalie
 

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I'm glad RJ is settling in well. Sounds like he is giving you a good run for his money, Natalie!....LOL

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Yeah he sure is.

I gave him some pea last night for dinner after a day and a half of fasting and he was still stobborn about eating it. I cut 6 small pieces up just incase he was going to be stubborn and he ended up eating 3 out of 6 pieces, but he grinned and bared it all the way. Hopefully eventuually he'll learn tolove them the more heh as them. He did the same thing with the pellets I fed him this morning. He played with them, but from what I saw never ate them. I'm hopoing he decided to eat some after I left for work. I didn't see any in his tank this afternoon so he very well may have decided to try them. Natalie
 
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Well I put RJ in the 5 gallon with Fred and Barney. He was a stinker trying to catch though. It took me 45 minutes to get him. He really didn't want to be caught. He's been in there since I think Saturday. My memory fails me on that. He seems to like it, but he's back to eating wafer again and he got himself a bit constipated from it. Not too bad though. I fed him pea yesterday morning and last night for dinner and again this morning. I'll probably feed him it again tonight and then he should be good to go. I don't think I'm going to feed then the wafer anymore since RJ eats them. I think I might just stick with fresh green veggies for them. I can feed them little pieces of broccoli can't I? It in the brussel sprout family. I I'll probably feed them peas and cucumbers too. RJ is finally eating th peas w/o a problem now. He seems to love them now. Now if I can only get him to eat the Hikari Baby pellets. ??? He truly is a stinker. Maybe I should've named him that instead. Natalie
 

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nmwierman1977 said:
Well I put RJ in the 5 gallon with Fred and Barney. He was a stinker trying to catch though. It took me 45 minutes to get him. He really didn't want to be caught. He's been in there since I think Saturday. My memory fails me on that. He seems to like it, but he's back to eating wafer again and he got himself a bit constipated from it. Not too bad though. I fed him pea yesterday morning and last night for dinner and again this morning. I'll probably feed him it again tonight and then he should be good to go. I don't think I'm going to feed then the wafer anymore since RJ eats them. I think I might just stick with fresh green veggies for them. I can feed them little pieces of broccoli can't I? It in the brussel sprout family. I I'll probably feed them peas and cucumbers too. RJ is finally eating th peas w/o a problem now. He seems to love them now. Now if I can only get him to eat the Hikari Baby pellets. ??? He truly is a stinker. Maybe I should've named him that instead. Natalie
LOL.. Natalie, you sure got yourself a character this time, huh? What's with Bettas and algae wafers? Our finicky Sora - who only eats bloodworms and peas decided last night (right before we fly out for 2 weeks) that he's going to eat the algae wafers for his 4 cory cat buddies all of the sudden.. we think he ate almost the whole 1/2 of a wafer that we'd dropped in.. Fed him a pea this morning before we had to leave and my mom will feed him pea tom am & pm, but says his tummy's gone down. Fortunately a neighbor with a 29 gallon could take the 4 cory cats while we're gone as we have no tanks to put them in now so we might not get them back, but they have a good home at least.

Do you think that Sora & RJ were the star pupils in the class at Betta school called: "how to drive your human nuts at feeding time".

I don't know about Broccoli for Fred & Barney, but I'd try it myself. Slices of cucumbers or green beans sound good for them too. Maybe if you got green pellets and said "RJ - do NOT eat these", then he would.
 
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nmwierman1977 said:
Well I put RJ in the 5 gallon with Fred and Barney. He was a stinker trying to catch though. It took me 45 minutes to get him. He really didn't want to be caught. He's been in there since I think Saturday. My memory fails me on that. He seems to like it, but he's back to eating wafer again and he got himself a bit constipated from it. Not too bad though. I fed him pea yesterday morning and last night for dinner and again this morning. I'll probably feed him it again tonight and then he should be good to go. I don't think I'm going to feed then the wafer anymore since RJ eats them. I think I might just stick with fresh green veggies for them. I can feed them little pieces of broccoli can't I? It in the brussel sprout family. I I'll probably feed them peas and cucumbers too. RJ is finally eating th peas w/o a problem now. He seems to love them now. Now if I can only get him to eat the Hikari Baby pellets. ??? He truly is a stinker. Maybe I should've named him that instead. Natalie
LOL.. Natalie, you sure got yourself a character this time, huh? What's with Bettas and algae wafers? Our finicky Sora - who only eats bloodworms and peas decided last night (right before we fly out for 2 weeks) that he's going to eat the algae wafers for his 4 cory cat buddies all of the sudden.. we think he ate almost the whole 1/2 of a wafer that we'd dropped in.. Fed him a pea this morning before we had to leave and my mom will feed him pea tom am & pm, but says his tummy's gone down. Fortunately a neighbor with a 29 gallon could take the 4 cory cats while we're gone as we have no tanks to put them in now so we might not get them back, but they have a good home at least.

Do you think that Sora & RJ were the star pupils in the class at Betta school called: "how to drive your human nuts at feeding time".

I don't know about Broccoli for Fred & Barney, but I'd try it myself. Slices of cucumbers or green beans sound good for them too. Maybe if you got green pellets and said "RJ - do NOT eat these", then he would.
I think RJ was the star pupil for " How to drive your Betta parent any way you can" I'll try bit's of broccoli with them and green beans. I don't have any cucumber right now anyway. Anything that will make RJ have a hard time picking them up. Natalie
 

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nmwierman1977 said:
I think RJ was the star pupil for " How to drive your Betta parent any way you can" I'll try bit's of broccoli with them and green beans. I don't have any cucumber right now anyway. Anything that will make RJ have a hard time picking them up. Natalie
I just hope RJ doesn't convince Fred & Barney to help him pick them up.. I can just hear RJ saying "Help me with this food or you'll be swimming with the humans!"

Sounds like a good plan really, let us know how it turns out.
 
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I will do that. His tummy has gone down quite a bit, so I think the 2 days of peas are starting to work, thank goodness. I finally have a healthy Betta to take care of and I surely don't need him to develop a constipation problem. I gave him some bloodworms this morning with the vita-chem soaked in and he chowed them down real fast. Natalie
 

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nmwierman1977 said:
I will do that. His tummy has gone down quite a bit, so I think the 2 days of peas are starting to work, thank goodness. I finally have a healthy Betta to take care of and I surely don't need him to develop a constipation problem. I gave him some bloodworms this morning with the vita-chem soaked in and he chowed them down real fast. Natalie
LOL.. i bet! I'm glad he's doing well and being 100% Betta.
 
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Ha Ha ( devilish laugh) Guess who one the battle of the great pellet war? Your's truly of course, muaw. I fed RJ the pellets tonight and he decided he was going to start eating them after all. I think he knows that I can be just as stubborn as he can if not more.So he finally said to himself " Ah, I guess I'll given in to her and eat them. There not so bad after all." I said " Yeah I thought so RJ. You finally came to realize that I'm the boss not you." So, I can finally givce hima balanced diet and not worry so much about him getting constipated because all he eats is bloodworms. Natalie ;D
 

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LOL.. I'm glad to see you got him to go along with the pellets. Want to come over & teach Sora?
 
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