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#1 Spicy MacHaggis

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:34 AM

Hey folks, I've had Shepard for about a month now and he has never consistently taken food. At first he would take it and then spit it out once or twice then let it alone. Now he'll swim over to investigate then just swim away. I'm using Hikari pellets which i've now read have become a lower quality but not sure if that would be the reason or not. He has no visible signs of being sick (my avatar picture of him was taken yesterday). Just wondering if anyone else has run into this problem and how you solved it. Thanks!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:45 AM

offer different food.
frozen bloodworms are rarely turned down. or live/frozen brine shrimp.
as he gets more used to your feeding schedule he will learn to anticipate when you are giving him food, and then when you put a pellet in after a few pieces of frozen/live food, he will be more likely to accept it. eventually he will learn pellets are food.
you may want to try soaking the pellet for 2 min to soften it up first to make it more palletable.
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#3 Spicy MacHaggis

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:55 AM

This may seem like a dumb question, but do pellets go bad? I've been keeping bettas for a few years now, but too a break after my most recent one died. I've had the same pellets for quite some time.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:17 PM

This may seem like a dumb question, but do pellets go bad? I've been keeping bettas for a few years now, but too a break after my most recent one died. I've had the same pellets for quite some time.


yes siree, pellets that been purchased more than a year should be thrown out. (or you can recycle them dumping them in a flower pot as fert.) Generally, to keep your food stock fresh, I say 6 month is a good time to buy new food.

I highly recommend a pellet brand like New Life Spectrum or Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets, they are both excellent pellets for bettas because its meat based. I haven't really had fish turn down New Life Spectrum before.

Bettas are insectivores, in my experience, pellets that are grain or fish/shrimp meal (also means its generally low quality since grains are cheap) based on usually disliked by most fish while pellets that are 'meaty' are generally accepted.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:42 PM

Thanks for the info. Now I kinda feel bad because of the swill I've been feeding my poor fish. But they will have a delicious feast shortly.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

I second the NLS, frozen foods also make a great diet so long as its mixed.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:05 PM

Well I headed to the LFS and they didn't have NLS, but they did have Omega One. Shepard took the first pellet but refused the second just like the Hikari. My other betta (no name yet) didn't even flinch for his but he's still getting used to his new surroundings.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:42 PM

Thanks for the responses guys, both Shepard and Robocop are now eating like pigs.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

Customer service with Omega One is amazing, but unfortunately at least some of their pellets have ethoxyquin directly added to the food. This is used to preserve fish and in a lot of dog foods. It is thought to have negative effects on aquarium fish, so I avoid any pellets that add it, because there are much safer and natural alternatives for preservatives. I'll have to find the article again since my computer had to be reformatted due to hardware failure, on aquarium fish and ethoxyquin in fish food.




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