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, Bettas will eventually start eating.
If this is not the case, there are a couple things you can do to help them transition faster.
- If you notice your Betta is eating and spitting out their food, this is usually done to break down their food for easier digestion. So please check the bottom of your tank for any waste as your Betta may be breaking down his/her food and eating it after. You may also want to soak in water any dry food prior to feeding it to your Betta and if feeding frozen food 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 his appetite.
- Another tip is to create what we call a buffet, which is a combination of different foods.
- Last tip, which should be avoided and done in cases in which your Bettas have not eaten for longer than a week is to scramble a small portion of scrambled eggs in water without salt – Keep in mind any left over scramble eggs must be removed immediately as it can foul the water very quick.
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.