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Old 07-18-2012, 08:04 PM   #1 
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Freeze-dried bloodworms?

I read somewhere that freeze-dried bloodworms are bad for bettas. I read details that they expand their stomachs or whatnot.
I've been feeding Lychee Berry bloodworms because I thought the pellets were going to be too big or tough for him. He loves them.

So, like the crazy over-protective mommy I am, I didn't give Lychee Berry any bloodworms after reading that tid-bit and gave him my pellet food, but crushed them to make them smaller. He ate it all, but later on that day he didn't look too thrilled.

I caved in and gave him his bloodworms and suddenly now he's a happy hyper betta again.

So, are freeze-dried bloodworms actually bad?
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:08 PM   #2 
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Not necessarily, I wouldn't give it to him every day though. I feed only one or two bloodworms once a week because they can cause bloating issues. Don't worry about your betta's begging habits. Lol. I know they are cute but he will get over it. You have to do whats best for them.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:58 PM   #3 
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As Shirley said. :)

Buddha refused the pellets I had for him, and since it was the only pet store I can go to in months, I had to give him blood worms. Eventually he did become bloated, and at one time I had to fast him for a few days.

All I did though was buy betta flakes and smaller pellets, and voila! he's in love! :)

I ony give him bloodworms when I'm training him.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:48 PM   #4 
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It's like giving a kid junk food for every meal. They love it and will devour it but it's not good for them.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:20 PM   #5 
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Yea like feeding a two year old nothing but candy XD
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:40 AM   #6 
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Not necessarily, I wouldn't give it to him every day though. I feed only one or two bloodworms once a week because they can cause bloating issues. Don't worry about your betta's begging habits. Lol. I know they are cute but he will get over it. You have to do whats best for them.
Lol thank you much I didn't think bloodworms were like that honestly. I assumed it was all fine and dandy but yes I know ill do what's best for my little man.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:42 AM   #7 
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Yea like feeding a two year old nothing but candy XD
Lmao!! Wow now I'm totally seeing it haha!
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:44 AM   #8 
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As Shirley said. :)

Buddha refused the pellets I had for him, and since it was the only pet store I can go to in months, I had to give him blood worms. Eventually he did become bloated, and at one time I had to fast him for a few days.

All I did though was buy betta flakes and smaller pellets, and voila! he's in love! :)

I ony give him bloodworms when I'm training him.

Betta flakes!! Ahhhh I bet he will like those. Thank you so much :) I swear I've never owned a betta that cared for pellets.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:47 AM   #9 
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Thank you guys so much! I'm afraid I may have spoiled my fish-child haha but im going to ease on his "candy" haha.
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Old 07-19-2012, 02:59 AM   #10 
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IMO betta flakes are kind of messy and you don't really know how much they are eating. That's why I feed pellets. They are easy to dispense and its easy to control how much the betta eats. NLS is a good brand of pellet, so I've heard. Once my Hikari Bio Gold ones run out (though that'll be a while at least as I have a package and half left) I'll switch to them.
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