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Old 10-07-2011, 04:56 AM   #1 
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My betta is overweight...

He's in a 10g tank with 6 neon tetras and 2 ghost shrimp. They all have the same food therefore I just feed them all at the same time. But Fyren (betta) has started to get WAY overweight. I've cut back on the amount of food I put in but I don't want to put in too little. Whenever I put it in, he's always right there and eats most of it. Any suggestion??
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:00 AM   #2 
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i feel your pain..i think my boy is getting to be a fatty too...but i only have him and a ghost shrimp...so i guess its my fault...im trying to cut down on his food no matter how much he begs
goodluck with your boy...hey better chubby then too skinny
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:18 AM   #3 
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What kind of food do you feed them? I got a suggestion awhile back when i accidentally overfed my sorority bloodworms. Someone suggested using tweezers and individually placing food in front of a fish. Not sure if it would work for your situation. But yeah - bettas are pigs and they will eat themselves to death. They don't know when they're full. You might try fasting him for a day or two to see if he can get rid of some excess weight :)
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:25 PM   #4 
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The hardest part about fasting is I'm not sure how it will affect my other fish.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:34 PM   #5 
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Your tetras should be fine for a day or two.
I wish I had answers to how to feed them separately, but I don't put my bettas in a community so never had to deal with that. I would say maybe if you can two-hand feed, entice him to go to one side of the tank and drop in the food right over him and while doing so, put just enough of the food on the other side for your tetras.

If feeding flakes, you may want to presoak them for a few seconds prior to feeding, sometimes they can cause bloating.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:45 PM   #6 
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I have a girl who is absolutely massive. She's being fasted at lunch time by netting her while feeding the others, she's reeeeeeaally not happy. but it works.

Shes' so big I'm gonna yank her out when one of my QT tanks opens up and use epsom salt, she's big enough I worry.
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Old 10-12-2011, 07:47 PM   #7 
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I feed my boy pellets & on occassion, bloodworms. I place them in his tank individually & wait till he eats each piece before feeding him another one.
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Old 10-12-2011, 09:24 PM   #8 
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GrumpyFX,

You should probably feed ALL your fish less than 7 times/week. Many fish-keepers recommend fasting them one day every week.

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Old 10-17-2011, 03:02 PM   #9 
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GrumpyFX,

You should probably feed ALL your fish less than 7 times/week. Many fish-keepers recommend fasting them one day every week.

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I agree.
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