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Old 10-22-2009, 12:13 PM   #1 
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Diet & Cleaning

Besides pellet food and dried worms/shrimp, what else can betta fish eat? And how often should I clean out the 1.5 gallon tank? I believe it should be at least once a week, but my husband doesn't agree with me.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:33 PM   #2 
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Okay first off, is your tank cycled or uncycled? Either way, you will definitely want to be cleaning it more than once a week.

Also, refrain feeding freeze-dried foods as anything more than a treat. They are notorious for causing constipation. You can even feed your betta diffeent brands of pellets for variety... they all have slightly different ingredients. Half or a quarter of a defrosted pea makes a good treat, and only a treat. As in once a week at most. Bettas are not vegan!

I also strongly suggest you consider feeding frozen or live. They are far easier than you might think, ultra tasty and ultra nutritious. They make an excellent supplement a few times a week, and last forever.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:34 PM   #3 
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Live foods can carry parasites.
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Fewer and fewer these days. Yes, there was a time when tubifex worms were literally collected from the walls of sewage outflows, but now they are usually cultured industrially. If in doubt, hikari makes a well-trusted, convenient and fair priced frozen food that is sterilised and guaranteed free of bugs.
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I highly doubt the 1.5 gallon is cycled.... and I agree with DQ - live food can carry parasites. You are best doing frozen or freezedried (along with pellets).
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Go with frozen then. Keep a healthy distance from freeze-dried.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:52 PM   #7 
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I rehydrate my freeze dried foods.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:55 PM   #8 
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Just so everyone knows it is a cycled tank. We found it at WalMart. Here's the link

Walmart Tetra Glow Fish Aquarium Kit, 1.5 Gallons : Questions, Answers, How To, FAQs, Tips, Advice, Answers, Buying Guide
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:03 PM   #9 
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I have heard it's tough to cycle anything smaller than 2.5 to 3 gallons.
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I highly doubt the 1.5 gallon is cycled.... and I agree with DQ - live food can carry parasites. You are best doing frozen or freezedried (along with pellets).
Read it and weep. 8)

I will say a 40-50% wc every 3 or 4 days should do you, but keep tabs on the ammonia just in case.
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