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Old 04-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #1 
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Question Are there options for live food for fully grown bettas?

I probably wont be owning another for a couple of years upon my parents request but I'd still like to be prepared for when I can own bettas again.

I'd prefer to raise my own live food in it's own tank (2 or 3 gallon) if possible.

I know microworms can be raised pretty easily but aren't those just for fry?
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:40 PM   #2 
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Microworms are just for fry, yes. Personally I would go with whiteworms.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:48 PM   #3 
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Grindal worms and/or blackworms are a good sized live food you can culture for adult bettas. Wingless fruit flies are another. I also don't mind feeding mine very young guppy fry.
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Big risk of impaction and parasites with black worms.
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Parasites are more likely to be a problem if you don't culture your own worms. They can also be a problem with any kind of frozen/live food you could feed. As far as impaction goes, if you feed single worms or cut them up, the risk is around the same as feeding freeze dried food in my opinion. I have fed them on a continuous basis with my wild bettas and never have had an issue. They are cultured in an algae mat so the bettas eat them as they find them. I have also fed my splendens these as a treat every once in a while and have had absolutely no problems. Now I am not arguing that the OP should definitely feed blackworms but I don't believe they should be written off as a live food choice.
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I agree with the live blackworms. I also keep wild bettas but used them on my splendens and have never run into any issues with impaction, disease or parasites. I purchase my blackworms from a reputable store and keep their water clean while they are with me.

I think it was because there was a thread on here about someone's betta dying from blackworms that has made a lot of members not like them.

White worms and grindals (particularly soil-less) are easy to culture and are good foods for adult bettas. All I have to do with my grindals and white worms is make sure their media is damp enough and give them a few pieces of dried cat food daily.
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Old 04-14-2013, 09:55 PM   #7 
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I have heard reports of males left with fry stealing the fries bbs. I bet if you raised the shrimp up a bit they'd be great. I'll keep you posted I'm going to do this as an experiment. Maybe feed BBS to the girls and grow up some for the boys.
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All sizes of bettas LOVE BBS. LOL My bigger wilds would go crazy when I would feed BBS to the tank. It was hilarious to watch such big mouthed fish munch up those tiny shrimp.
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