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Old 10-04-2013, 01:39 AM   #1 
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Jumbo shrimp?

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My roommate and I have been reading up on betta diets for our little guys, and we found that you're supposed to have four pellet days, two "treat" days, and one fasting day. All we had were pellets and bloodworms, so we went out to Petco and bought Omega One freeze dried shrimp.

Only, when we opened the container back at our dorm, we found that they seem to be way too big for betta! We're concerned about giving them to our fish - wouldn't want constipation or other issues. Should we grind them up before feeding? Or can betta handle larger shrimp? Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:52 AM   #2 
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Who said you are supposed to have such a rigid feeding timetable? There's no hard or fast rules about feeding bettas. If you want to feed your betta a high-quality pellet such as NLS exclusively, there is nothing wrong with this. Likewise, there is nothing wrong with feeding a predominately live/frozen diet and then supplementing it with dried commercial foods.

I'm not sure how hard the freeze-dried foods are, but maybe try soaking them in water before feeding. This may help soften them and make them easy for your betta to get down.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:39 AM   #3 
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I try to feed my male 3 pellets twice a day, but since he has chronic SBD, he really only gets fed once a day or sometimes every other day. He swims to the front and rests on his Betta hammock when he's ready to eat - so if I see him there, he gets fed. He doesn't get treats because he won't eat anything other than pellets.
My female gets 4 pellets twice a day, no fasting day or she attacks and eats her plants. She gets treats when I change her water or when she looks extra cute.
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Who said you are supposed to have such a rigid feeding timetable? There's no hard or fast rules about feeding bettas. If you want to feed your betta a high-quality pellet such as NLS exclusively, there is nothing wrong with this. Likewise, there is nothing wrong with feeding a predominately live/frozen diet and then supplementing it with dried commercial foods.

I'm not sure how hard the freeze-dried foods are, but maybe try soaking them in water before feeding. This may help soften them and make them easy for your betta to get down.
The site we found said that bettas like variety, so that was what they suggested. We just switched to feeding them NLS pellets, which they really seem to like. Bloodworms are very popular with them, too.

I'll definitely try soaking them first and see if that helps. Thank you!
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I try to feed my male 3 pellets twice a day, but since he has chronic SBD, he really only gets fed once a day or sometimes every other day. He swims to the front and rests on his Betta hammock when he's ready to eat - so if I see him there, he gets fed. He doesn't get treats because he won't eat anything other than pellets.
My female gets 4 pellets twice a day, no fasting day or she attacks and eats her plants. She gets treats when I change her water or when she looks extra cute.
Our bettas have been getting pellets twice a day, or bloodworms. One of my bettas gets really excited whenever I come near his tank, but I can't tell if it's because he's happy to see me or that he's expecting food, ha ha.
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