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Old 09-02-2012, 03:00 PM   #1 
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Lookin Good

After just a day on his new diet of TetraMin Tropical flakes, BettaMin Tropical Medley, and the occasional freeze dried blood worm(YUM!) Lil Sano's color is looking more vibrant and he seems so much more happier.!
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:46 PM   #2 
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How does your betta eat his food without getting it all over the bottom of your tank?

My bettas eat fish flakes like this.....



That's why they only get flakes ONLY if there are other types of fish present in the tank to clean up their mess.

  • What size of tank do you have? I would imaging you have a lot of cleaning/water changes to do.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:11 PM   #3 
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Those are so cute! They float and he usually eats them before they have a chance to sink. lol I only have a 1 gallon tank for him right now. I clean it every day because he has fin rot.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:13 PM   #4 
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Funny cause none of my 6 will eat flakes...they love the Omega One pellets though!
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:11 AM   #5 
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It's good that he has a food that he likes. But Betta are little carnivores (insectivores, actually) and are used to having plenty of protein in their diet.

A high-quality pellet, like NLS or Omega One or any pellet with a protein source first on the list of ingredients, is more appropriate.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:43 AM   #6 
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I hear some bettas can suck in too much water with flakes and therefore, get bloated. They can also get bloated if those FD bloodworms are not soaked in water before feeding. Bettas, as Hallyx mentioned need a higher protein source.
It's good you have multiple foods to feed him though, glad he's looking better. You could slowly implement Omega One and Aqueon pellets into his diet :)

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Old 09-03-2012, 08:02 AM   #7 
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As OldFishLady points out, the swelling of dried food with water in a Betta's stomach is not what causes bloating. Betta ingest very little water with their food. They don't suck it into their stomachs with flakes either.

Bloating results from difficulty in digesting food. It has many causes: quality of food, familiarity with a food, temperature, stress, water quality and more.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:10 PM   #8 
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Okay. Thanks ya'll! :) What are some high protein foods that I can give him? Oh, and I heard some people drying out bananas and feeding them little pellets of it. Is that okay, or is that a dumb idea?
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Bettas like to chew, you can see their head moving up and down while doing so..I would suggest the better quality pellets, such as New Life Spectrum, but they sink, like a stone..and the Omega oNe, but they micro sink, float for about a second, then down they go..
so I use the Hakari and they float so your fishy dont have to chase, and you don't waste..lol..and you can immediately see what your fishy is taking in..

and less mess on the bottom, they will not see it, and or miss while trying to get it, they ususally try to surface eat, so I would try the Omega one, or the Hakari, they both provide nutrition that bettas need:)
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:51 PM   #10 
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Did not know that Hallyx!! Thanks!!
I feed omega one buffet, they don't sink on me though!
I also feed attison's plus (a member sent me some, I think it's A plus, or A pro), aqueon betta pellets, and very rarely I feed tetramin crumbles.
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