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Old 05-25-2010, 08:23 PM   #11 
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By other fish do you mean other bettas?
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:36 PM   #12 
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There are may other fish that are carnivores. (big ones) are an example.

I read on bettysplendens that clove oil is a good alternative (though I hope to never have to try it anytime soon).
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:40 PM   #13 
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Location: Canada, eh?
I don't think I could ever cull bettas... Which I probably will have to when I breed mine this summer.
But if you have cichlids, for example, they would love fry. My oscar will probably enjoy some this summer. Of course, the fry will have defects! Not healthy fry.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:15 PM   #14 
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Other bettas will eat small fry but once they get bigger you usually feed them to larger cichlid fish like oscars.

I live on a lake and we have big cat fish that will come up and eat leftover chicken etc that is too far gone to feed the dogs. If I have any culls I may just throw them in there when we feed the catfish.

It sounds really harsh but ask anyone who's ever seriously bred ANY fish and they'll tell you its a big part of breeding. You either have to accept it or not breed.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:17 PM   #15 
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Well, you have to figure out what your going to do with the fry when they're born. If you don't cull, and you have 300 babies, where r u going to keep/store them? How are you going to feed them? Even if your find people to adopt the fish, you think you'll have a home lined up for 300 fish? Culling is just doing what fish do in the wild. Unless you have a huge space to store fish, and a small fortune to spend on food, culling seems like a necessary evil.
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I might be able to feed some to my other bettas, and theres a lake across the street. Also theres a small pond down the road, Ive always wondered if bettas could survive in it. Itd be interesting.
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:32 PM   #17 
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If you live in a tropical climate then MAYBE.
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nope in missouri, so I guess thats out of the question, still a culling method though, since the other fish would eat them......
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But the bettas would probably suffer... the water would be too cold, and there would be leeches, and parasites and... ick.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:43 PM   #20 
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Valid point, Betta Slave.
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