|A: Laura: You say
your betta has trouble getting a hold of his food. I assume you mean
he tries to bite at it, but keeps missing it? (As oppose to say,
eats it and spits it back out). Since I am not sure I will address
|Trouble getting his mouth
and the food to line up ;): This is not a problem related
with age. I have many older bettas and they can find their food
and gobble it up in less time then it takes to type this. The
most common cause of this problem is the betta not being able to
maneuver his body and position it properly so that his mouth
lines up with the food. This can come from two causes: Fins are
too long, especially tail, which may be too heavy and cause Mr.
Betta to swim somewhat "nose up", as the weight of
tail makes his little buttocks sink ;). Not much you can do
about this except give him a slight 'hair cut' to rebalance him.
Only an experienced betta person should perform fin trimming.
And by the way, many people have misconception about trimming
betta's fins, if done properly, it is painless and the bettas do
not mind a bit. They are much happier afterwards as they can
swim faster and be more alert and appear to be relieved to have
lost some fin weight. But you could hurt your betta if you do
not know how to do it right so DO NOT try it. Any experienced
betta breeder close to you could help you and do it for you
Another common problem that causes the misalignment of betta's
mouth with betta's food is swimbladder disorder. Observe your
betta, does he appear to have some trouble swimming? Does he lay
at the surface sideways? Or does he tend to sink at the bottom
lately? All above are signs of swimbladder problems. Please see
my disease page for more info
and help on this.
On very rare occasions, a betta might lose eye sight and no
longer see his food that well. I once had a gorgeous orange male
that appeared to be blind. No outside signs, but his behavior
indicated he didn't see much at all.
|Find his food but then spits
it out: That's an easy one. Mr. Betta is either picky (does
not like new food) or sick (no longer wanting to eat the food he
usually gobbles up). If sick, you have to do some research and
scope my disease page to
what may be wrong and what you can do to help.
Your betta is probably already
about 2 years old, and may have another year or so to play with his
food in your company :). I hope above will help you help him.