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Kissy

New snooty betta on hunger strike

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Hi all, I feel like I've risen from the dead here. I've been too nomadic to be involved in the aquarium community lately, and I probably don't know most of you here at this point. I haven't kept aquariums for a few years, and haven't kept any personal aquariums for much longer. Anyways, I have a home now, so now I have two bettas.

 

The first betta I've had for two weeks and will not eat. He appears perfectly healthy, alert, and active, but just ignores the pellets I give him. I went back to the LFS to ask them what they were feeding because my first thought was that he just didn't recognize it. Turns out they feed Omega One Betta Pellets, the same thing I've been trying. However, they give the snooty ones freeze-dried bloodworms if they don't eat the pellets. I sighed, and asked for a pinch of their bloodworms to take home to see if he'd go for it. He did right away, little snooty-butt.

 

I really do not want to cave in and feed him freeze-dried bloodworms for the rest of his life. How long is it safe to push a hunger strike? I assume they will eat the pellets before their health degrades??

 

The other betta is a poor soul that was most likely mislabled as an expensive King Betta. His body might be a little bigger than average, but he's mud brown with fins shorter than most females', so even his big puppydog eyes probably wouldn't have landed him a home. He's probably been at the store for a long time, so I want to condition him up a little. He ate right away, but I've got a small colony of mosquito larvae that I'd like to save for him and preferably not give to snooty-butt.

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Many bettas can be picky when settling into a new place and are stressed. I would offer him some frozen bloodworms, and forgo the freezedried. He will learn to eat pellets soon enough if you are firm and only offer them.

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I've experienced the same problem before. Freeze dried bloodworms aren't actually that great. Frozen bloodworms on the other hand are a big hit with most bettas though.

I ended up first feeding the frozen bloodworms because this was the only thing the fish would eat, and then start soaking the betta pellets in the "juice" of thawed bloodworms until he got used to pellets.

 

That's how I tricked that little ba**ard. :lol

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Got him to eat, phew. Apparently, Snooty-Butt likes his pellets crushed, not whole. Go figure.

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