Bettas recently imported from Thailand may have a difficult time transitioning from eating live foods such as Moina to eating strictly solids. The good news is that after a couple days of refusing to eat, most Bettas will give in and will start eating solids.
If this is not the case, there are a couple things you can do to help them transition faster.
- If you notice your Betta eating and spitting out their food, this is usually done to break down their food for easier digestion or they may simply not like the food they are being fed. To know the difference, please check the bottom of your tank for any waste as your Betta may be breaking down his/her food and eating it after while you are not around. You may also want to soak pellets in water prior to feeding them and if feeding frozen foods you may want it to be at room temperature.
- You may also want to buy Garlic Juice by Seachem for added flavor. Add a couple drops onto any dry or frozen food you’ll be feeding your Betta and this will help trigger their appetite.
- Another tip is to create what we call a buffet, which is a combination of different foods. Pellets, flakes, blood worms, etc. Mix dried foods together to help them get used to different brands.
- Lastly, if your Betta has not eaten for longer than a week please scramble a small portion from an egg on water with salt for taste and let it cool down before feeding it to your Betta – Keep in mind to serve in very small amounts and any left overs must be removed immediately as it will cause the water to go foul very quickly.
Lastly, as long as your Betta is not showing any signs of distress, clamped fins, and/or lethargic, there’s really no reason to be concerned.