Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
Feeding a small piece of Pea is NOT harmful to a Betta IMO/E.....
You don't want to feed Pea to your Betta as part of the staple diet-but small amounts on occasion for constipation will not hurt them.
You are what you eat......Betta get veggie matter in their diet normally from the gut contents of the food they eat as well as when they graze in algae, plants etc... feeding on the microorganism that colonize on them.
Fish have lots of enzymes and gastric acid in the gut that breaks the food items down for digestion-Since they have a short GI tract large amounts of veggie matter can pass faster without being properly absorbed-but some is absorbed and nutrition used.
Same with soaking of food-while pellets will swell up in water=they don't swell up like that in gastric acid and enzymes in the GI tract-they get soft and start to break down...
Lots and lots of myths all over the internet.......
^ I agree.
I've used peas sparingly, and not as a cure-all for severe bloat. It's helped one or two of my bettas who were being fed only flake food regularly before I knew better.
The fish loved them, and no harm at all was done.
I think the practise of weekly pea feeding as a preventative is not great, however. Much better to feed appropriate food in the right amounts to prevent bloat in the first place.
Sometimes bloat is NOT due to constipation but a bacterial infection, so of course peas won't work...