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Old 03-22-2013, 01:26 AM   #21 
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I know many people recommend Omega One pellets or NLS (New Life Spectrum).

LebronTheBetta I've heard good things about Hikari Bio-Gold do you mind just explaining why it's no longer good besides costs? What do you mean by cheap fillers? The first three ingredients on my pack are fish meal, wheat flour, and soybean meal.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:52 AM   #22 
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New Life Spectrum is best by far in locally bought pellets.

They have whole fish ingredients for the first 3, and it contains garlic for increasing the immune response. Omega One has wheat gluten which is a cheap filler used to boost the protein, which NLS does not have.
NLS contains whole wheat flour, also a cheap filler.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:26 PM   #23 
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I can't imagine some of these are really that bad. I am sure some are better than others. Funny how far we have come though, where there are varying levels of commercial fish food.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:29 PM   #24 
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It's the same with dog and at food...
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:29 PM   #25 
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Actually, soaking makes the nutrients in the food leak out. So basically, you're feeding empty calories. Not good. :I I don't suggest soaking.
Well, I put all the water and pellets in there, so I assume when she eats them, she gets at least a bit of the nutrients. Considering where she used to be, I think she is doing fairly well, and if I don't soak them, she doesn't eat at all.

What else should I do? Even when I crush them she won't eat them.
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:08 PM   #26 
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Well, I put all the water and pellets in there, so I assume when she eats them, she gets at least a bit of the nutrients. Considering where she used to be, I think she is doing fairly well, and if I don't soak them, she doesn't eat at all.

What else should I do? Even when I crush them she won't eat them.
Maybe soak for 30 sec. and see if she eats. I think she likes her food soggy, maybe you can try some frozen foods?

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I know many people recommend Omega One pellets or NLS (New Life Spectrum).

LebronTheBetta I've heard good things about Hikari Bio-Gold do you mind just explaining why it's no longer good besides costs? What do you mean by cheap fillers? The first three ingredients on my pack are fish meal, wheat flour, and soybean meal.
Hikari was could like, only a few months ago. I can see why some people think it's good. Cheap fillers are literally fake proteins. Like, wheat flour or kelp meal. You really just want the real foods like halibut or antarctic shrimp.

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NLS contains whole wheat flour, also a cheap filler.
Almost every fish food has that ingredient, nothing personal with the brand.
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:08 PM   #27 
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NLS contains whole wheat flour, also a cheap filler.
I agree wheat flour is a filler; however, it is not the first ingredient listed or the second.. (I think it's fourth or fifth) which means there is less of the wheat flour than there is of whole herring meal.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #28 
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Yesterday I was dissuaded from buying Hikari Bio-Gold by my LFS guy (for a similar reason as LebronTheBetta stated), so instead he had me get HBH Betta Bites. So far the betta that actually eats pellets seems to like them (but he also liked Aqueon, and I'm told those aren't good), and the first three ingredients are Fish Meal, Shrimp Meal, and Soybean Meal.

I haven't seen anyone mention this food yet, so does anyone have any experience with it?
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #29 
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I feed my betta boys NLS pellets & they LOVE them,I noticed it made their colours so much brighter almost straight away too.I also feed them freeze dried bloodworms twice a week for a treat.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:08 AM   #30 
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I use Tetra Betta floating mini pellets. I know I need to get a better brand of fish food, but I'm busy trying to get heaters.
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