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Old 07-09-2012, 03:24 PM   #1 
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Fly died in the tank...

Earlier today, I noticed a dead fly floating on the surface of one of our betta's tanks. I just did a 100% water change last night so the longest it could have possibly been in there was maybe 15-18 hrs. I scooped it out with a cup and disposed of it as soon as I saw it. Is there any concern I should have about the impact of having a dead fly for a "roommate" on the betta's health? Betta seems to be behaving normally so far...
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:29 PM   #2 
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I'm relatively new to bettas, but I wouldn't personally worry about it. I've read some members even feed their bettas live fruit flies they've captured in their homes. Depending on the tank size, and if it's cycled, I might check the ammonia and make sure any decay didn't mess with the water quality.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:34 PM   #3 
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I'm surprised it wasn't munched on. Many bettas enjoy a dead fly as a treat (ew, but their natural habitat).
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:10 PM   #4 
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I'm surprised it wasn't munched on. Many bettas enjoy a dead fly as a treat (ew, but their natural habitat).
Huh, that is funny. Maybe it had just died in there when I saw it. Our fish Feathers was swimming around it curiously, but as far as I could tell hadn't indulged...we do 2x weekly water changes anyway (2.5 G unfiltered tank) so I'm thinking any potential ill effects of the fly will soon be gone...
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #5 
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My fish like ants. No worry's but I think checking the ammonia may be a good idea just in case it's been in there a little longer than you think.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:37 PM   #6 
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I found a dead moth in mine today and was also surprised he didn't get munched. Either my betta didn't notice it, didn't know what to do with it, or he's just that spoiled - lol!
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:13 PM   #7 
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Do not worry. It's no big deal. Betta's eat smaller flying insects. Flies are drawn to bright light so its not surprising that you found one in your tank.
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