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Old 12-20-2010, 04:03 PM   #1 
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Issues with feeding betta + shrimp

My betta, Hyperion aka Hyppo, likes his food.

He's also a smart betta. When I feed my ghost shrimp, I make a point of sticking my arm in the tank, so that the pellets sink to the bottom, ideally out of his way. I also feed him at the same time.

The problem is he eats most of the shrimps' share, anyway.

I tried hiding the pellets in the riccia-fluitans covered driftwood, but the other day caught him cork-screwing into it to get at the pellets. He easily gets them off the gravel and in the leaves of the plants.

He even chases the shrimp down (he never eats them!) to make them drop their pellets, so he can eat those too.

I'm worried he's going to get bloated, and my shrimp are getting hungry. Any suggestions to deal with my clever, hungry hungry hyppo?
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:19 PM   #2 
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Maybe slip a breeding trap under him and keep him in it for feeding, feed your ghost shrimp, and then let him loose?
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:44 PM   #3 
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I was kind of hoping for a no-cost solution xD
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Old 12-20-2010, 05:58 PM   #4 
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Take your betta out of the tank for feeding the shrimp, and feed your betta in his separate container?
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:00 PM   #5 
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If you have a fish net put him in that and feed him whilst he is in the net and feed the shrimp at this time. Once both he and the shrimp are done release him.
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:03 PM   #6 
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I usually try feeding the betta a little first, then I'll put 2 pellets in, one for him to munch and I sink one. He's so distracted eating the first pellet he doesn't pay attention to the second and the shrimp come running for it.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:59 PM   #7 
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I guess taking him out every time I feed my shrimp's a pain...

Meh.

I'll try making sure to feed him well before hand, maybe with a bloodworm...
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:01 PM   #8 
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I had a bit more luck by keeping the tank-light off while I fed them, and whenever he got too nosy about the bottom of the tank, I'd go make a distraction at the top.

Course, this time, my shrimp were 'tards and couldn't find the pellets anyway...

*sigh*
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:03 PM   #9 
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The methods everyone suggested seems to be the most fool proof for your betta. I don't think the little containers with slits are going to cost an arm and a leg. I remember checking them out at my LFS, they're around $4 each. We don't want your betta overfeeding and getting constipated now do we? :)
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:28 PM   #10 
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I take good care of him, I assure you :) Natural planted 5-gallon, etc.

And I think I found the method that works--lights off, with him well fed before hand.



And yeah, having him get bloated is a real concern for me--he's my first double tail, and I understand they're prone to SBD.
But so far, minus getting some un-planned extra large portions, he's doing good. When that happened, anyway, I'd tend to fast him the rest of the day....
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