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Old 07-21-2012, 06:52 AM   #1 
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Question Fasting

Is it necessary/healthy to fast a fish? I've heard people say that they fast their fish 1 day a week, and I'm wondering if I'm supposed to be doing this, also.

Is it beneficial and healthy to fast a fish? Won't they have that awful gnawing feeling in their bellies all day?

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Deets: I feed Omega One pellets; 2 or 3 twice a day. I was feeding 3 pellets 3 times a day, which is obviously too much, so I cut back. I also just bought blood worms yesterday, to use as a treat, perhaps once a week.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:11 PM   #2 
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It's not necessary but it's good for their health. Fasting is when the digestive system clears out so there's nothing stuck in or building up. It just a way to make sure that the fish isn't going to get bloated. Betta fish can survive around 2 weeks without eating. They have a different metabolism than us mammals. They eat whatever we give them because they don't know when their next dinner is going to happen or not. They won't get hungry for a little day. Sure they look hungry but they're actually not. Just try not to look into their little eyes, you'll go crazy with their food. ^^
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:20 PM   #3 
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It's not really necessary especially if you are feeding a high quality food. I do fast all of my fish for a day, but it is also the day when the most disturbances happen in the tank (water change day). It's best not to feed your fish on days that you know will be stressful (such as days that they will be moved).
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:05 PM   #4 
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It's always good to fast your betta for 1 day. This helps clean out his/her digestive system. It is not something that is required and do not worry about betta's being hungry. They can live up to 3 weeks without eating.
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:13 PM   #5 
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I actually do a 1 pellet on a "fasting day" and I usually do it in the night, before I go to bed, so they are fasting alll day..then for about a good 8 hrs before the next meal..in the morning..usually on Sundays..I'm very busy with house cleaning and laundry..so I do water changes at night, then 1 pellet each..
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Old 07-21-2012, 04:33 PM   #6 
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IMO/E is not necessary unless you have a fish that suffers from constipation.
I feed my fish everyday and sometimes twice a day and don't have problems.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #7 
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I've had problems with mine becoming constipated in the past, and found that one day of fasting as needed seems to clear him right up.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:00 AM   #8 
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Thanks for the info and opinions, everyone!
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