I do not believe it will hurt him. The best way is internal and he could not have eaten enough to poison him. It may even help. They really are not meant to eat it, but it will not kill him. He could get a stronger help from it. We will hope so.
At least you do not have a picky eater, mine would not even try the stuff.
Oh, believe me, this guy thinks he's starving all the time. After I first got him, I fed him "as much as fish will consume within 5 minutes". His whole front area was swollen and ballooned out, it reminded me of that picture of that Betta that had cancer.........and he was still wanting to eat. That's when I found that only 6-8 pellets was enough, twice a day, versus the 18 to 20! lol
Hey, a name just now came to me. I don't know why, but, I think I'll call him.....Spartacus. Yep, that name would suit him fine, esp with all he's gone through. He truly is a fighter. Oh he also eats the Garlic X-treme liquid I've dropped in his tank (to hopefully build up the immune system). Spartacus....I like it! And so shall his name be. . . ;D
Are the pellets you are feeding him the Attison's Betta Pro baby pellets? If so then 6-8 might be okay but if he is eating HikarI Betta Bio-Gold then 6-8 pellets is WAY too much! For regular pellets try feeding only 2 pellets twice a day (for a total of 4 in one day) and supplement with treats at lunchtime like pea or Daphnia and occasionally substitute pellets for bloodworms. Try soaking the pellets in a cup of tank water until they expand before feeding. Dry foods, lack of variety and feeding too much at once can constipate them. Having just lost a Betta to constipation I can tell you it's very serious. I'm being super careful with the fish I have left now.
Yeah, he's getting the Atison's Betta Pro. I think it was Rose who said to feed the 6-8 pellets twice a day.
I have some Bloodworms and Ocean Plankton, and also the Tetra BettaMin food, but all the bloodworms, ocean plankton, and the brine shrimp in the BettaMin are WAY too large for him. I think the Bloodworms are about as big around as his whole mouth. And the Ocean "Plankton" is more like shrimp. (I thought plankton was a plant? ??? ) So, I can't feed him any of it since it just rots. I'm a little afraid the Daphnia and other stuff would be too big, too.
Sometimes I give him the pellets in the morning, and flakes in the evening, but I'm afraid I won't use up the pellets fast enough and most will expire in 6 months, so I'd like to try and use that. (Why do they put so much in a container when you only use a tiny amount?)
I know the packages are great big for the pellets and the Pro pellets are so tiny that they are hard to deal with but maybe you could find a friend who would share the pellets and either contribute toward the cost or trade some other thing you may need like a little but of filter media or gravel from a cycled tank to speed along the cycle in your tank.
Plankton is a plant that floats on the water and uses sunlight to make oxygen in the ocean. I think they mold it into form when they dry it or something. Daphnia is about the size of 3 of the little pellets. If you feed daphnia to a baby fish 2 is the max.
I think the folks at Ocean Nutrition where the Atison's comes from assume that we all have hundreds of Bettas to feed LOL.
The HikarI brand freeze-dried Daphnia I have is a powder and I use a small spoon to scoop up a tiny amount to dump it in. It sort of clumps up in the water and the fish can eat it no problem. It smells kind of sweet and I think of it as desert for the fish. It's very soft and even the tiniest fish could eat it. You might try that brand.