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Old 01-08-2011, 08:59 PM   #1 
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Smile was wondering..

I have been contemplating on freeze dried brine shrimp, i have never fed my bettas anything else but flakes, pellets, and the occassional frozen foods and wanted to know the pros and cons of freeze dried and the effects it will have on them.
I have also been wondering about how to feed the frozen stuff do i feed it right out of the freezer or will letting it thaw be better? I have fed the frozen stuff twice both straight frozen three months ago and and i've had them all for almost a year now except for four who came under my care when my cousin decided to move back to alberta.

and not entirely sure if this is in the right section lol.
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Old 01-08-2011, 10:15 PM   #2 
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The only thing I don't like about freeze dried foods, Is it backs the bettas up.
Everytime I gave bettas freeze dried foods for long periods of time. The bettas would get backed up and need to be flushed.
The best foods are a good flake food, frozen foods and live foods.

If you have frozen or are interested like you said. This is the best way. It usually comes in square cubes. Take a cube and put it in a little cup. Add a little water from your aquarium, or conditioned water. The best thing to do is put the cube in a fish net. Then rinse the food really good. This makes it where your water don't get nasty as fast and it help keep algae under control better...
Then take a straw or something, and give your fish a little at a time. Or dump a little in there.
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Old 01-09-2011, 01:30 PM   #3 
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freeze dried foods are sterile so you dont have to worry about your fish getting diseases from it
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:02 PM   #4 
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freeze dried foods are sterile so you dont have to worry about your fish getting diseases from it
But it'll back that poor sucker right up.
Get some nice pellets or something, use the freeze dried stuff like a treat, maybe (?) once a day, if that, I do pellets (rarely flakes, blegh!) all the time with treat once or twice a week.
Idk, it makes him bloated :s
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Old 01-09-2011, 02:13 PM   #5 
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I've never had issue with any of my freeze dried. Moderation is key.
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:48 PM   #6 
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do you still have constipation problems w/ freeze dried stuff if you soak it first?
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:49 PM   #7 
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Great! thanks everyone especially the frozen food advice i am going to try that tomorrow when the kids are in school. thanks again
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:25 PM   #8 
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do you still have constipation problems w/ freeze dried stuff if you soak it first?
now that you mention that i would like to know as well.
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Old 01-09-2011, 11:42 PM   #9 
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Soaking is usually used to prevent the expanding in the bett'a stomach, which can cause bloating and constipation. I used to not soak when I first started and accidentally gave one of my girls SBD because of it, so now I soak and I don't have any problems.
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Good to know, thanks. My brine shrimp are frozen but the bloodworms and daphnia are freeze dried - but I always pre-soak.
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