Originally Posted by gabrielle09
Just out of curiousity why are peas iffy? That was what was recommended to me when I had trouble with my crowntail and I know the same method is recommended for other fish as well. Is it not healthy for them because I have a friend who gives them to her betta every couple weeks for a treat and he is doing fine. Also it is recommended as a home remedy in a book I have rather than using medicine like bettafix.
Just to answer your question, Gabrielle: bettas are carnivores (insectivores, technically), so their digestive systems aren't set up to cope with vegetable matter. The reason they work as a laxative (I've been told) is that their digestive systems have to kick into overdrive to force the pea out, as opposed to stuff like daphnia, which just makes it easier for them to flush it all through. :)