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Old 11-12-2012, 11:02 PM   #1 
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New here, feeding question...

Hey all! I've gone from 'casual betta owner' to 'betta enthusiast' and thought it'd be appropriate to join a community of like-minded folks.

I've got a question about feeding live fish to bettas. How big is too big to feed?
Two of my bettas absolutely LOVE to eat juvenile white cloud minnows. If the betta can swallow one completely (and appears comfortably), would it be right to feed minnows and fast the bettas the next day? And would the minnows be acceptable as an even staple along with pellets, or would they be better as an occasional treat?

I'm excited to be here and look forward to hearing what you think!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:15 PM   #2 
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I don't know about minnows, but I do know that many Bettas love and do well with small shrimp and even sometimes snails. Most Bettas love live food and the females, especially will eat their own young, so I don't see a reason not to feed them the minnows, I would say it should be a treat though, otherwise, you might not get them to eat their pellets anymore.
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:48 AM   #3 
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live foods are digested more easily by bettas. there should be no need to fast them unless the portion is exceptionally large. I do recommend to cut it up if it is too big.
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