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    Hi everyone I'm new here been searching this morning for a forum to get help for my betta. His name is Lucky and I actually won him at the shore in one of those "toss the ping pong ball in the cup" games.
    I was very eager to get him home because I figured he probally wasn't too healthy from the start given that they kept him in and even smaller cup than at a pet store and lord knows the last time they changed his water.
    Well that was back in the summer, when I first got him home he showed off his infamous skills of being a picky eater and wouldn't touch pellets or flakes for 3 days (I've had other bettas that just loved both >_<) well by the third day I was starting to get desperate and actually fed him from the "treats" we have for our pond goldfish.
    So now that's all he eats, every day I crush up krill for him to eat and he seems very happy.

    But here's the issues as of late I'm starting to worry about his health, he seems quite skinny as he has bulk where his little organs and stomach should be but everywhere else is skinny in comparison. At first I thought I could be over feeding him and that it was just his stomach pooching out compared to the rest of his belly. But I know I DON'T over feed him >_< So I'm starting to worry that maybe he's not getting enough of his vital nutrients from just these dried krill snacks everyday.
    And the other problem is these stripes, it's like he's a zebra and in these stripes his colors are faded.
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    That picture doesn't show off his skinniness though and the stripes look more defined in real life.

    Any suggestions, comments, recommendations would be appreciated. I want my lucky to be just that.

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    I'm no expert by all means but have you tried giving him bloodworms? My Pedro loves them and would probably eat them as a regular diet if I let him. Have you tried those Hikari pellets or any of their other foods? Pedro wont eat any other betta diet except that. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariposa
    I'm no expert by all means but have you tried giving him bloodworms? My Pedro loves them and would probably eat them as a regular diet if I let him. Have you tried those Hikari pellets or any of their other foods? Pedro wont eat any other betta diet except that. Good luck.
    He's got pellets but he hates them :/
    He just spits them out

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    I agree with Mariposa. My 2 bettas absolutely love blood worms. I would try some of those and see if it helps. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betta_noob
    He's got pellets but he hates them :/
    He just spits them out
    That is weird, i dont think ive ever seen a Betta refuse pellets

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100gw
    That is weird, i dont think ive ever seen a Betta refuse pellets
    Technically he's the 3rd betta I've had.
    One was for a present and I took care of him untill I gave it to him, and the other I bought for my mom and of course I helped take care of that one and they all ate pellets :/

    But yeah I guess I'll go to petco today and try and get some frozen blood worms <_<

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    Ya know this is a totally different animal but with my hermit crabs you have to offer them something 3-4 sometimes 5 times before they like a new food. Maybe persistance in a healthy betta food would pay off. I see your going to get some bloodworms. I'm sure those will be a hit. If not your fish has me puzzled. :(

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    i've had the same thing happen with a couple of my betta's . they refused to eat pellets , would only eat bolldworm . and thats not good for them as a reg diet . so every day for about 3 - 4 i put 3 pellets in their tanks , and after 15 min if they were still in there i took the pellets out . i did this 2x's a day . now they will eat the pellets . i also give them betta flakes .
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    I don't know much about bettas, although some are omnivores and if you are feeding a diet of just protien may be causing bloating. At least this is the case for other fish. Bloating will kill the fish and is hard to treat. Try some vegetables of some kind. I could be very wrong but depending on the species it may be a factor.

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    pea's are good but just a small amount . a pea is a fishy laxitive . i feed mine a small piece of pea once a week .
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