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Old 01-24-2012, 09:33 PM   #11 
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I fed a gnat to one of my girl betta. She gobbled it down (like she does with all of the food I give her). A fly did land in their tank, once, but they didn't eat it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:36 AM   #12 
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Insects = Protein
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:24 AM   #13 
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Very excited about this. I'll finally have a good use for mosquito larvae once it warms up!
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:36 PM   #14 
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lool even though it sounds like it brings joy to my betta, i dont think i can cope with the fear of something happening with my betta with those creepy bugs XP hahahah but his happines is worth it

so in the summer, i catch a mosquito or two then what? feed them live?freeze them?ugh i dont wanna like squish and kill it haha,oooh like maybe catch them then like put water in the container then dump them mosquito into his tank?
Smack the mosquito enough so that it is dead but not to the point that its guts are spilling everywhere. You'll be good in doing this if you do it often enough I promise lol. Rinse it under tap water and throw it in to the betta tank. Bettas loves mosquitoes!
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Old 02-16-2012, 05:13 PM   #15 
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Adult mosquito shouldn't be fed to the betta unless you are breeding/raising yourself.. but if caught outdoors then not ideal as no one can know what they had fed on previously. You can easily transfer viruses, infections to not only your fish, but to yourself as well by using adult mosquito-

Use the larvae, in a bucket with leaves and branches in it.. scoop them out with a shrimp net, gently rinse them off and feed.. leaving the adults alone to breed more.

Just too great of a risk feeding adult insects that are commonly carrying around infectious diseases and normally tend to have something that could easily be deadly to the fish.. and yourself.

Adult flies and gnats do most of their eating in piles of.. well.. poo. Which can also consist of viruses and diseases. Always best to just use a bucket and use mosquito and daphnia larvae which have yet to be exposed to the dangers of adult insects.

(If it happens by accident, which can and mine have snacked on something here and there that dropped into the tank thinking it was going to be a simple drink.. don't sweat it too much.. but in general it's best to know what exactly you are feeding them and try to make it the safest as possible)

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