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post #1 of 7 Old 01-28-2019, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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Possible Feeding Prob w/Betta

I'm a bit concerned about my new Betta's feeding habits.

As this is only my 2nd Betta I've owned I can only compare it's behaviour to the previous one I had.

My previous Betta never had any issues when it came to feeding. It would sense pellets on the water surface, swim to the cluster of pellets & eat 'til it was content.

My new Betta however seems to be easily distracted when it comes to feeding time. It will sense/smell there's pellets in the tank but then it will get easily distracted by it's own reflection on the side of the tank & the pellets gradually sink to the bottom uneaten. OR it will swim to the surface sensing food but will search one end of the tank whilst the cluster of pellets is floating on the other side of the tank.

It will chase & eat random pellets that's sinking passed him but if I was to estimate it would probably only be eating 5-7 pellets out of the 20 (pellets) I sprinkle in.

I'm worried it's not eating enough & as it's not interested in the pellets once it sinks to the bottom I'm also getting concerned about the build up of waste by the uneaten food.

I do have 2 snails & a few shrimp to clean up the bottom but my main concern is if the Betta is eating enough..?

On a separate note, I found one dead adult shrimp the other day...it was separated from it's shell so it could've died when it was vulnerable...

Has anyone actually witnessed a Betta attacking & killing a shrimp? I'm just wondering if a Betta would actually eat the shrimp or just attack & kill it & leave it's dead body alone afterwards???

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-28-2019, 11:28 AM
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My current betta killed all my shrimp after they molted. 5-7 betta pellets is plenty, 20 is way too much. Their eyes are much bigger than their stomach. Feed less and I prefer feeding something that floats for a bit. Remember that too much food can cause harm to the fish. I generally feed in the same spot so the betta isn't looking all over the tank.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-28-2019, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for your quick response, Genos.

It's not that I expect the Betta to eat all 20 pellets but more to the point there's enough pellets available that it will at least eat some...

I'm feeding it, Pisces brand, Fighter pellets. They do float but if they drift to the back of the tank the air bubbles from the pump will cause them to sink.

I just fed him again this morning, several minutes ago...yes, always the same spot.

The Betta literally ate one pellet that floated past its face & has totally ignored all the pellets floating.

I'm gonna try changing the feeding time from morning to night to see if it makes a difference.
I might also call the fish shop & ask them what brand pellets it was used to...
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-29-2019, 07:44 AM
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You could try changing the food up once in a while. There are feeding rings that will keep floating food in one spot.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-02-2019, 08:36 PM
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I have had Bettas for years, I like having one in my main tank and he just eats along with the other fish when fed. Lone Bettas are all different but they really don't need much to live on and I have read in some cases do better when fed less. As long as he is eating some don't worry.

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Lone Bettas are all different but they really don't need much to live on and I have read in some cases do better when fed less. As long as he is eating some don't worry.
That's the thing though, how many pellets a day is it ok before becoming worried?

I've watched my Betta eat at least 3 pellets a day before literally losing interest.

Those pellets are pretty small compared on how much flake food a neon or guppy would eat.
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My current betta killed all my shrimp after they molted.
The other day I bought 20 cherries to put in the Betta tank.

It was horrible....as I emptied the shrimp from the bag into the tank the Betta went on a frenzy & killed several.

It wasn't even eating them, just crushing them in it's mouth & moving on to the next one it could catch.

I think I managed to save at least ten into another tank. There's still several in hiding that I'm hoping to catch soon.
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