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Old 05-19-2013, 07:40 AM   #1 
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Fish happier that he's overweight?

Long story short, my sister tried to feed my fish His stomach is obviously bulging. Usually I feed him 2 pellets until you can just see his stomach. the weird thing is when O went to check on him today. he acted really different. he was flaring at me and his plant. And swimming around less clamped than he usually is. he acted like a different fish. my question is, could I have been underfeeding him? Or can someone show me a picture of a healthy stomach ( sorry the healthy stomach part is weird)
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:16 AM   #2 
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You only feed 2 pellets per day? What kind of food do you feed? I feed mine NLS & Omega One, they each get 6-8 pellets per day. Omega One is a little larger than the NLS so I feed fewer of those. I don't watch their tummies I just know their stomachs are only about the size of their eye & a lot of foods swell.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:17 AM   #3 
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As long as my VT boy is pooping regularly i give him 8-10 pellets a day. I know there are several people on this forum who talk about bettas being chubby or bloated when they see pics of them, but honestly I prefer all my bettas to have a small belly, especially just after eating, as long as they are healthy & pooping.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:26 AM   #4 
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I feed aqueous which is pretty big I think compared to NLS. I've been wanting to switch him over to higher quality food but I just don't have the funds. I earned some money today though which is good. How much money does NLS or hikari cost.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:27 AM   #5 
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*aqueon I hate auto correct so much.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:32 AM   #6 
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Petsmart has the Omega One for $4.49 per their website, Petco has NLS for I think $7-$8. If you can't afford either right now feed him 2-3 pellets twice a day & see how he does.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:38 AM   #7 
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Ok Ill definitely try feeding multiple times a day. I still don't have enough money but I can probably convince someone.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #8 
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I assume that everyone is referring to the NLS betta formula when they talk about pellet size. NLS comes in a variety of sizes.

Reading about how strict people are with their bettas diets, such as 1-2 pellets a day, it seems to me like they are underfed. Hahaha, based on what I've read from people, my betta should have exploded.


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Old 05-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #9 
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*aqueon I hate auto correct so much.
Autocorrect & I have had a few battles too, lol. Aqueon pellets are fine until you get the funds for more food. I've used them & they won't kill your betta. People just suggest the other food because of the higher quality. My boy gets 4 pellets twice a day & sometimes two pellets stick together making the total 9 or 10. I've even heard of people spreading it out over three meals. It really is up to what seems to be best for your betta.
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I assume that everyone is referring to the NLS betta formula when they talk about pellet size. NLS comes in a variety of sizes.

Reading about how strict people are with their bettas diets, such as 1-2 pellets a day, it seems to me like they are underfed. Hahaha, based on what I've read from people, my betta should have exploded.


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I'm not exact on how many my bettas get fed but they do get on average a minimum of 6-8 pellets per day. When feeding frozen, I tend to feed more than most people advise, most on here I've seen say 2-3 blood worms mine get at least twice that. With my sorority I just sprinkle the food in so I have no clue how many each girl actually gets but I do know they're not starving. As with most things in this hobby, each person does what's best for them & their fish. I give my opinion & experience & its up to the OP what they want to do.
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