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Old 05-28-2012, 10:49 PM   #1 
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Best food for growth?

Does anyone know what is the best food for a growing betta for them to get really big and strong? (particularly a giant)
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #2 
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New Life Spectrum works well for me, and I've heard that others have used it to bulk their fish up with great success.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:16 PM   #3 
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I've heard that Atison's Pro is the only food that some breeders use, it really does the job for their fry.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:39 PM   #4 
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Live foods are your best bet. Mostly worm-type but you have to be careful with fry as some microworms and stuff can cause you to end up with fish with no ventrals.

My own access was limited when i was raising mine. I only really had my MW culture, BBS and frozen bloodworms and glassworms. I also fed NLS.
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:51 PM   #5 
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Live foods are your best bet. Mostly worm-type but you have to be careful with fry as some microworms and stuff can cause you to end up with fish with no ventrals.

My own access was limited when i was raising mine. I only really had my MW culture, BBS and frozen bloodworms and glassworms. I also fed NLS.
hmm well what about a mixture of pellets and live for a betta between 3-5months old?
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #6 
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sure, but they are most likely all but done growing at 5 months.
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Old 05-29-2012, 12:36 PM   #7 
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sure, but they are most likely all but done growing at 5 months.
Wow really!? My Betta has grown a lot since I got him! Does that mean he was only less than 5 months? I thought he was older because his fins were mostly developed

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Old 05-30-2012, 02:20 AM   #8 
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They'll be fully finned and colored at three months or less. That still give s them time to grow, as yours apparently is still doing.

As an alternative to worms and pellets, you might look into Repashy carnivore food. Lots of meat, no filler.

Carnivore Gel Premix
NET WEIGHT 5.3 OZ / 150 GR

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Wow really!? My Betta has grown a lot since I got him! Does that mean he was only less than 5 months? I thought he was older because his fins were mostly developed
They are sold in stores about 2 to 3 months old.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:27 AM   #10 
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they still grow, but at a much slower rate (to the point you may not even notice they are still growing)

I heard that you should never use the gel stuff, but i've never used it myself, and don't recall what it was that they didn't like about it.
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