6 years ago #1
Soteria22
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So I'm on my second betta fish Thai and things are a little different. When I first got him i fed him the topfin pellets and he ate them. When I moved him to his new home, he ate the top fin pellets for the first couple of days, but then after that he wouldn't eat them. So this was my thought, that you know how when a betta fish is trying to adapt to his new home, that they don't eat, but he would soon as he was more comfortable. I also had tried to feed him the Hikari Betta bio-gold pellets too, but all he did was just look at them and turn away. I actually had bought these freeze dried blood worms, which he absolutely loves, but what i'm worried about is if he's getting enough nutrients and if what I heard about supplementing pellets with the bloodworms is what I should do. But if he doesn't like the pellets what should I do? Also a little off topic but do all betta fish like to put their faces in the rocks, but not like they are scratching themselves on the rock?

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6 years ago #2
johnarthur
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When you change aquariums on any fish, it usually decreases their appetite. Bettas don't eat very much and, like most aquarium fish, they can go for several days without eating. Rather than focusing on the fish's appetite, you may want to make sure all the water parameters are correct. A healthy appetite usually follows a healthy environment. Please ask if you need more details.

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6 years ago #3
Soteria22
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But even if the water parameters weren't all that great why is he eating the dried bloodworms, but not the pellets?

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6 years ago #4
johnarthur
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Water parameters are the first thing to consider. Even if the Betta does not feel good, he may eat some of his favorite food just like you or I would if we were sick. Provide him with a good environment, and his appetite will emerge. An aquarium is an isolated, closed environment; the Betta or any other fish has to live where you put him/her. The objective then becomes to provide a healthy environment for a healthy fish. It's not all that difficult, but the procedures are sort of rigid.

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6 years ago #5
BarptProductions
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any type opf tropical fish flake food works, in my 20 gallon i have 2 females and they eat the flake food like it was the betta bits

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5 years ago #6
Ebrahim
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Yip you prety much sorted regarding the food.As for betta sticking his head in rocks...relax its normal.If you have a large enough plant with big leaves he will rest there by just laying across the leaves

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4 years ago #7
ChaosReborn
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Ebrahim, you seem to be the go to person on bettas, what do you recommend is the best food to feed bettas? I've been feeding my male Aqueon betta food.

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4 years ago #8
dkpate
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In my opinion Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets are the best betta food. I feed them to all four of my bettas, and they are healthy as can be.

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4 years ago #9
Ebrahim
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dkpate is rite on the money.hikari is a great brand.hwever here in sa nt a lt of lps sell this.the best i could get is sanyu.mke sure u suplement with bloodworm,brineshrimp etc.also a boiled deshelled pea should b fed 1nce a week to keep him regular.lol regular

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4 years ago #10
KJP
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pellets like Hikari (recommended) should be presoaked in aquarium water or special liquid supplements - bettas are prone to swim bladder problems and by presoaking you avoid feeding them dry food that then expands in their stomach potentially causing problems. one day a week they should fast or be fed only boiled mashed deshelled pea.

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4 years ago #11
ChaosReborn
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I'll have to take a look around for the Hikari brand. Only reason I was asking is because although my betta acts normal and looks great - I noticed a certain part of his tail has a few ragged looking portions on it.

The water parameters are prestine, so I figured maybe it had something to do with the food. Thanks guys.

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4 years ago #12
Ebrahim
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mayb he couldve grazed his tail?do u have him alone in the tank?

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4 years ago #13
dkpate
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Is the filter intake covered? I had to cover all of mine with plastic mesh because their tails were getting stuck in it. And I also had one bite his own tail over and over.

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4 years ago #14
Ebrahim
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my DT is like that.he will sumtimes chase his tail lobes like a dog does and then chomp of a big mouthfull.
If u have him with ghost shrimp then they may eating his tail.its rare bt ive read it can happen

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3 years ago #15
Moon
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My betta loves the flake food...he is happy..he loves his mirror...Love's his live plants...and a floating log...hangs in there..plays with his mirror...

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3 years ago #16
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3 years ago #17
siddarth
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how to make his tail grow long & strong

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3 years ago #18
pamk59
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try color enhancer flakes my bettas always love them. it also dosent cloud the water.

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2 years ago #19
Jeanette527
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Yes, mine loves the Hikari pellets, too. There are three sizes so experiment with all of them. He would just spit out the big ones and ignore the to tiny ones.

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1 year ago #20
the girl & the bettas
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You may not want to do that he may think its another betta( the mirror ) and I think you now wat that means

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1 year ago #21
Nazira03
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Hi
This is a old post. In the top right corner there is a date when it was posted. Posting on a old post will move the new posts out of the way. If you have a question, please post on a new thread. Thank you!

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1 year ago #22
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Several brands of staple dry food are formulated specifically for bettas. You may want to try two or three and see what the betta likes. In addition to staple dry foods, betas enjoy an occasional treat of frozen (well thawed) blood worms and mature brine shrimp. If you decide on freeze dried foods, soak them in aquarium water before feeding. This step ensures the freeze dried food does not expand in the betta's stomach.

A betta's stomach is about the size of his eye, so its capacity is small. Try to feed no more than he actually eats in a couple minutes, and use a turkey baster or small syphon to quickly remove any accumulations of uneaten food plus other decaying organic matter.

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1 year ago #23
Elysia
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i just got my betta yesterday and i dont know what to do will you help me Ebrahim?

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1 year ago #24
Elysia
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What is the best decorations to put with my betta

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1 year ago #25
Jeanette
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I use silk plants so they are more gentle when my fish brushes against them. I also have a couple of inches of aquarium rock on the bottom. Leave enough space for him to move about. They like to hide in the leaves and rest on them when sleeping. They sleep near the top so they can pop their heads up for air occasionally.

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1 year ago #26
Joni
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Depends on your tank size too. Some like the betta logs, betta hammock, live floating plant like wisteria.....

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10 months ago #27
dmolina
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Does betta food get stale? My betta is now spitting some of his pellets out instead of eating them. The container has been open since April, but doesn't expire till 2016. It is the Aqueon pellets

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