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Old 01-15-2009, 01:44 PM   #1 
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Question Do Bettas really need the pea?

I have read that a Betta should eat one shelled pea a week. Are we talking fresh or from a can? And do they really need that? Or is it just for if they get bloated and constipated?

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Old 01-15-2009, 01:52 PM   #2 
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From my understanding the pea is required if they are bloated or constipated. I feed freeze dried daphnia (rehydrated) twice a week to help with digestion and I've not yet experienced any bloat or constipation in my bettas. I recall reading that the pea can be fresh or canned and that you mush it up for them and give a small amount.

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Old 01-15-2009, 02:04 PM   #3 
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The pea should also be deshelled. :)
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:06 PM   #4 
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Ooops. That would be an important thing to remember!
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Old 01-15-2009, 04:50 PM   #5 
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Since Betta's are a primarily carnivous fish they should have a diet mixture of betta pellets, dried blood worms, and dried brine shrimp. Do Not give them tropical or betta flakes as they are mostly vegetable in content and not good for Betta's. The pea is really only used to prevent bloat/consitpation. If you give your baby the correct diet you should not have this problem. Hope this helps.
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I think flakes are ok once in awhile but not as a staple diet.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:38 PM   #7 
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no, my bettas lived six years w/out ever touching a pea
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:35 PM   #8 
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Bettas should not ever be fed a pea. This can ruin their digestive track, as a pea will never be found in a wild betta's stomach. Even if they bloat, you need to find out what made that happen in the first place.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:40 PM   #9 
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I would use frozen or rehydrated freeze dried daphnia.
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Old 01-17-2009, 12:00 AM   #10 
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Bettas should not ever be fed a pea. This can ruin their digestive track, as a pea will never be found in a wild betta's stomach. Even if they bloat, you need to find out what made that happen in the first place.
Thanks for that info. Common sense, rules once again. I don't even want to think about the fact that I added to that myth somewhere in another post. Daphnia all the way...
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