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Old 07-20-2011, 12:18 PM   #1 
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Smile Expiration date on betta pellets???

How long does it take betta pellets to expire??? I can't find an expiration date on any of my containers. I feel like it is probably time to get new food, but one of my contianers isn't even halfway empty yet O_O.
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:41 PM   #2 
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I think after something like 6 months or a year it starts losing some of its nutritional value
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:51 PM   #3 
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Thank you!!!! =D
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Old 07-20-2011, 12:57 PM   #4 
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apparently freezing will help it last longer, which I may just try doing since I feed 3 different types of pellets and I don't think I'll use them all up in time, lol
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:25 PM   #5 
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I think after something like 6 months or a year it starts losing some of its nutritional value
Yes, it loses it nutritional value.
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Old 07-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #6 
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That's a great idea, maybe i'll freeze mine from now on!!!
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:35 PM   #7 
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As general rule-once the seal has been broken on the fish food-you have about 6 months....the nutritional value especially added vitamin and minerals start to degrade......

You don't want to freeze dry fish food-this can cause ice crystals to form and once the food is removed/thawed the added moister will cause the food to rot and develop Aflatoxin a type of mold that is deadly to fish.

Proper storage of dry fish food-cool, dark, dry area in air tight container

Bad place to keep fish food...on top of the tank-the moisture and added heat from the lights can make fish food go bad really fast.....

A varied diet is best-look for the smallest container of quality fish food that you can find....this is one place you don't want to skimp....quality of nutrition is very important for the longevity and overall health of the fish just like water quality......

If you have friends that keep Bettas-share foods...buy them together and split them up.....just a thought.....
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Old 07-20-2011, 06:08 PM   #8 
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Whoa thank you for the response, glad I didn't freeze them yet lol!!! I definitely have a few containers that need to be thrown out, they're pretty old. I wish they made smaller containers of the brands my bettas like, i hate wasting all that food =/ And I wish my bettas all liked the same brand so it would get used up faster haha!
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Nutrition and general care for Bettas

Is the book Betta Care Made Easy a good value? I am learning a lot from all of you through your forum.
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Old 07-20-2011, 07:28 PM   #10 
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Personally, I wouldn't purchase a book about betta care. This forum + other internet sources gives all the information you need, and its free!!! Plus it automatically updates =D
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