My betta won’t eat flake food. He sucks it up and then spits it out again. What do you recommend? Should I try buying pellet food instead?
A: Sometimes bettas will suck up food and spit it out again to break it up. Observe your betta to see if he is eating the food after breaking it up. Disinterest in flake or pellet foods can occur because Bettas don’t always recognize the flakes as food. Usually breeders prefer to feed live foods to promote rapid growth and strength in their stock, so new Bettas may have never seen flakes before being purchased. In nature, bettas eat wiggly worms and insect larvae whose movement is an attractive lure to them.
Being consistent with feedings can help your picky eater learn to recognize the flakes as food. Try feeding just the flakes for a few days. Eventually, your Betta will realize that those funny floating wafers are nutritious and delicious. If after three days, he is still turning his nose up at the flakes, you may want to consider something else. Few Bettas can resist live and frozen fish foods like live black worms, white worms or grindal worms. Black worms can often be found at ma & pa local fish stores. Worm cultures, like white worms, can be purchased online or through local aquarium clubs. An easy alternative to live foods are frozen. Reputable brands like Hikari and San Francisco Bay Brand are free from bacteria and parasites and can be purchased at most local fish stores including PetSmart and PetCo. Try bloodworms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp or beef heart. A combination frozen fish food offers a balanced diet and are usually consumed with gusto.