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Old 01-04-2013, 11:59 AM   #1 
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No need to go overboard with the protein ;)

Just read the abstract:
https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.e...le/10524/19067
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #2 
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I only read the abstract (because I'll get my fair share of thick dry articles next week when school begins again) but that seems really interesting! Thanks for sharing :)
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:08 PM   #3 
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Yes, animal protein is better for bettas as these are insectivores who naturally only get their roughage (plants) through the stomachs of their prey.. so it does make sense they are healthier from animal protein vs plant protein.

Interesting study, unsure exactly what he was trying to do because these aren't plant eating fish.. but hey, it is just further proof that the better the protein, the healthier the fish.. so find foods with the most animal base ingredients and a good amount of protein vs. food that has more plant base ingredients :)

An interesting read, thanks for sharing :)
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:18 PM   #4 
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then I looked at my Omega Pro - protein is 42% on that. xD
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:26 PM   #5 
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Thank you :) I thought that was interesting too...I don't think more protein than that will necessarily harm them, but good to know that 35% is optimal...
I found it interesting, though, that the bettas fed 35% animal or plant protein uad the highest growth rate.

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Old 01-04-2013, 05:36 PM   #6 
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These are insectivores, so lots of protein is optimal, some roughage is needed, but not nearly as much as animal protein. Why live food is always the best to feed :)
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:26 AM   #7 
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I've been talking to the guys over at TFK about this recently. I've been told that too much protein can contribute to digestive issues...bloat, SBD, etc.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:41 AM   #8 
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Veryyy interesting!!! Thanks for posting that!!
Gonna have to check and see which of my foods have the best protein levels now!

Apparently NLS is still the best :) other than possibly attisons, which I dont know anything about lol
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