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Old 05-09-2007, 05:30 AM   #1 
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Betta eating snails

OK! I just watched my betta take out 2 common pond snails.

His mouth isn't suited to eating snails obviously so he has overcome this by "pecking" them off the wall of the tank, waiting for them to fall then they stick their "heads?" out to feel about cause they don't know what's going on, then he eats them!

I thoguh this was quite innovative.

Anyone else have a betta that does this?
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Old 05-09-2007, 04:07 PM   #2 
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Bettas must be intelligent then!... And carnivorous. I have always thought they are just pretty feathers.
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:54 PM   #3 
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Bettas are carnivores! Insectivores mostly...but open to any protein source...

...I have my plakat in with my 6 mystery snails...they're too big for him to eat...although he'll try the odd time...

...mostly he's give up and eats WITH them...

Funny to see him position himself for a bite of algae wafer...
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:39 PM   #4 
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I have heard they live only two years, don't they?
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2-3 is the avergae but they can live longer.

Many people think they don't live long, but this is because they are often kept in small unfiltered, unheated bowls where no fish would be expected to live very long.
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Old 05-10-2007, 05:35 PM   #6 
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I thought 3-5 was average...I believe the record is around 8 years...

...howeve, mass produced bettas for retail sale are likely not the healthiest to start with...so might have a shorter life-span...
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Old 05-12-2007, 05:05 PM   #7 
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8 years sounds quite normal. But can two or more males be kept in one tank? I have read that they produce the best colors only when they see each other and prepare for fighting.
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8 years sounds quite normal. But can two or more males be kept in one tank? I have read that they produce the best colors only when they see each other and prepare for fighting.
No they can't - they will fight to the death!

It is good for them, on opcassions, to see another male, or their reflection, but not all the time. Some say this helps the colouring.
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:00 PM   #9 
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YES!! I saw my sweet betta girl go for my snails tentacle like it was a worm!! He immediately closed himself and fell, and I saw her circling around the snail. I was tapping the tank trying to make her go away, but it didn't work, she went for it and now I have an unhappy snail-I can absolutely tell by his behavior.

I wonder if she is what ripped my corys pectoral fin...
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