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Old 05-13-2009, 09:43 AM   #1 
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Freeze dried brine shrimp

I'm getting tired of cleaning shrimp off the bottom of my bettas' containers because they sit there and watch their breakfast or dinner sink to the bottom. :( I use Tetra freeze dried brine shrimp. Is there a brand that will float or are they all like that? It makes me not want to feed it to them if they are just going to let it go to the bottom. They will eat it if it floats but won't go after it.
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:38 AM   #2 
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You might try some freezedried Krill. If you break it up into small pieces the bettas should have no problem. It also floats for a while.
Do you have a turkey baster? makes sucking up food and poop much easier.
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I do break it up into smaller pieces. I guess I'll have to crush it up. Yeah, I use my turkey baster to clean it up.
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Old 05-13-2009, 03:14 PM   #4 
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Turkey baster? I have never heard of using that....?
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Yeah, to clean debris off the bottom of small tanks. I really should look into a small gravel vac for my 4 gallon. Its a pain to clean with the turkey baster.
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Actually, its calles Mini krill freeze dried plankton, by Tetra.
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:25 PM   #7 
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Drama- are you presoaking the brine shrimp? I used to presoak to rehydrate mine but half of it would end up at the bottom. Sometimes bettas are simply cluleless to "falling" food. Anyway, rather than presoak it, now I just put a VERY small amount and it floats on top. My bettas are able to eat every piece before it sinks. I use the same brand as you do. Maybe you can try that? Just a tiny bit so it floats along the top of the water...
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Yes, I have been presoaking it. So I should crush it up a bit and then put it in?
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:35 PM   #9 
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What I do is take a small amount between my finger tips and roll it around very firmly (I assume this would be the same as crushing it?) and drop that small amount into the tank. The darn things are so tiny I doubt we need to even crush them.
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Mine are pretty big pieces. One piece of it is too big for my bettas to eat. One of my bettas carried a one in his mouth like a dog with a bone until he was finally able to get it eaten. I thought about switching to Hikari.
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