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Old 10-09-2009, 09:01 AM   #1 
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I have a quick question

My new CT male is a little bloated so I started fasting him today. I usually feed them pellets and my other fish are fine, but I've read that you should soak the pellets in water for like 10 minutes before giving it to the fish. I also have flakes; so my question is, if I see one of them getting bloated, should I switch to the flakes b/c I'm thinking that those would be easier on the stomach than the dried pellets. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:07 AM   #2 
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im not sure, mine have never gotten bloated.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:36 AM   #3 
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I would try to get some daphnia, either freeze dried or frozen. Freeze dried needs to be rehydrated first before feeding.
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:19 PM   #4 
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Flakes actually sponges up even more water than pellets do. The thing that makes any betta bloat is that dry food will swell up with water, expanding inside the betta's stomach. If you can't avoid feeding dry food, soak it before feeding but even a little frozen in the diet makes a huge difference. In order of bloating potential, here are some of the most notorious foods:

1) Freeze-dried anything
2) Pellets
3) Flakes

If you can't do frozen, I also recommend investing in higher quality pellets such as Hikari or Attisons... lower quality pellets contain binders like potato made to 'fill up the food with cheap stuff'. If you've ever made instant potatos you know how much they swell lol! Higher quality foods are full of good stuff such as protein which doesn't swell as much.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:51 PM   #5 
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Thanks so much for the advice!
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