|OK, seriously now, some people
go for the muscle approach. Basically you don't feed the betta
anything BUT the new food until they finally break down and
submit. Right! At least that's the idea. Knowing that bettas can
go for weeks without eating, this tactic seems risky to me and I
do not favor it.
||Now for the smart approach
(mine hehehehehehe). You first start by feeding the new food to
your growout tank bettas. In community tank, the competition for
food is fierce and bettas will gobble up foods promptly because
they know that if they don't get to it first, their siblings
will. So it is easier to get community tank bettas to eat new
foods, than it is to get a jarred betta to. Once your community
bettas eat the new food readily, then what you do is move the
jarred betta to a display inside the community tank. You can
pick a "specimen container" (which does not allow
water to flow through) if you are worried about your priced
betta sharing the same water and possibly any infection with
your community bettas. Then you feed the community tank, right
near the display, so Mr. Betta can SEE all the others pigging
out. After he has seen them eat 3 days in a row (and he didn't
get food), then feed them and after 1 minute, add one or two morsels
to his display area, near the place where the other bettas are
eating (of course on the other side of the partition). This is
psychological warfare and can work in some cases. Of course if
you only have one betta then you are SOL.
||Approach #3: You realize that
you are not in control of your betta, but rather your betta is
in control of YOU, and accept the fact, submit to his will and
go on with your life. ;P
Usually when bettas are fed live
foods they become very spoiled and will despise other foods. Such is
not your case. Betta Bites hardly qualify as best, tastiest, most
gourmet betta foods LOL. I will leave you with one last suggestion
(perhaps the best one on this page today): Get frozen brine shrimp
and try that. I think you will find he will go for it. They last
forever in the freezer and bettas seem to really like them, even the
picky ones! Goodluck!
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