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Old 07-25-2012, 01:04 AM   #1 
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My Male Betta only Wants Live Mosquito Larva

I am in trouble. I have 3 pairs conditioning for breeding. I feed them with live mosquito larva now 1 male only wants mosquito larva. Every day I have to go out to my pond try to find mosquito larva for him. He did not even touch blood worms.

At least 5 other bettas still love blood worm.
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:13 AM   #2 
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Haha! Can you blame him?
If you're conditioning, you have no other choice but to keep spoiling him.
If you stop feeding him long enough he'll eat anything.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:08 AM   #3 
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You have to starve him. Careful though, I've had some that would rather starve to death .... well close to death (I gave in).

There is another way but risky. I often put them in a sorority .... the more the better - sometimes a sorority of 20 - 30 (or more) females and or young bettas. He should eventually compete for food like the others. BUT he might turn a peaceful sorority into a battle zone AND his fins might be torn. After a week of competing for worms, then he goes back in a solitary and never fed ML again.
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Thank you Vil
Thank you Indjo

I will let him hungry after spawn. I have to clean up his tank every meal because he did not eat worm or pellet. I do not have that much mosquito larva. The good news is that he is the only one demand ML.

I have a big pond without frog so hopefully it will give me enough ML for everyone in the near future.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:44 AM   #5 
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Indjo thing can have a +Or- effect
If the female don't gain up on the male then it's all good
Vilmarisv
Starving them is good but u have to wait longer for them to get into condiction
If u only have one that's picky give him what he want
Replace the othe fish diet
If a fish worth breeding then he/she worth the time n effort
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:12 AM   #6 
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He is pretty thai pk. I let him have mosquito larva for now. After spawn he eats pellet/blood worms or else...
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Old 07-25-2012, 01:40 PM   #7 
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Indjo thing can have a +Or- effect
If the female don't gain up on the male then it's all good
Vilmarisv
Starving them is good but u have to wait longer for them to get into condiction
If u only have one that's picky give him what he want
Replace the othe fish diet
If a fish worth breeding then he/she worth the time n effort
I know, I did say it's risky.
There is always at least 1 male in my sorority (only for those who understands bettas better). I use water pumps in these tanks. The current somehow reduces aggression but not eliminate it.

@transeatle: Good luck , hope all goes well.
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:43 AM   #8 
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I've had my fish do the same thing...but where live i go to the lake. Near the grass covering the edges of the lake i catch ghost shrimp...I then deshell and wash with hot water then wash again, chop and then feed to my pk's which they love..I notice they get fed up of the pellet for somtime so i try to rotate the food. BUt since i started feeding ghost shrimp i notice my fish looking more muscular, I am observing to see if there is any side effects associated with feeding ghost shrimp...already noticed if i feed too much i can make the fish constipated..so three small pieces is enough for 1 fish.

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Old 07-26-2012, 08:05 AM   #9 
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G shrimp is actually good for bettas. They are nutritious, full of protein and they enhance color. I occasionally feed shrimps too but I use salt water. I put aside a few when ever we have them for dinner (before they were cooked). But they are harder to digest compared to worms (I don't know about pellets - never used them).
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:00 PM   #10 
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Bettaboy and Indijo,

I did that too when I was in Vietnam.

Here in Seattle, we mostly use frozen food imported from China (mostly) or pellet. It is tough to raise betta in cold wheater.

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