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Old 03-03-2011, 01:26 PM   #1 
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Red face Feeding Baby Bettas (pics)

So I have had two of beat2020s babies since Tuesday. They are about 17-19 weeks old I think, but from looking at the fry growth chart on bettatalk.com they look more like they are seven or eight weeks old. I tried feeding them the NLS betta pellets but they were too big. So they have been eating them crushed. They eat when the girls too, which is about 2-3 times a day. Each baby gets about 1 and a half crushed pellets at each feeding time. Today I also gave them each a treat of freeze dried brine shrimp, probably the equivalent of one NLS pellet. Is this too much/ not enough? I feel like an idiot for not asking before they got here!

Here are some new photos of them taken last night and then this morning during a water change. Check out the very last picture, the little MG blew a bubble for the shot!

First group of shots is of the Multi halfmoon with one ventral, the second group of of the Mustard Gas halfmoon.

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Old 03-03-2011, 01:33 PM   #2 
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Aww what cuties! I can't wait to get my little one :)
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:17 PM   #3 
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They are so cute!
Did you breed them????
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:53 PM   #4 
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They are so cute!
Did you breed them????
No, if you had read the thread you would see that I got them from beat2020 :)
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:19 PM   #5 
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adorable :)
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They're soooo cute!!!
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:04 PM   #7 
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I think with fry, it is better to feed them a few 'tiny' meals a day... this helps prevent SBD-like symptoms due to overfeeding/constipation...
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Old 03-03-2011, 09:23 PM   #8 
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Okay I will do that. I went out and bought some NLS tiny pellets for tropical fish. Is this okay? I know bettas are tropical but I wasn't sure if the food is okay since it doesn't specifically say betta anywhere.
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Old 03-04-2011, 09:08 AM   #9 
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turtle10,

I can't imagine it would hurt your fry, but to know if it will really help them, check out the ingrediants.

Bettas are carnivores, so the protein content should be 40-50%; the ingrediants should list a lot of 'fish meat' sources at the top of the ingrediant list.

An 'all tropical fish' mix may be too 'middle of the road' - it has to accomodate the omnivores and plant eaters too.

There's nothing wrong with crushing up the betta pellets, until the little one can handle them. Put a few in a tough ziplock baggie, whack it with a hammer... tada! Your done. :)
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These are the first five ingredients in order of the tropical small fish food by NLS: Whole Antarctic Krill Meal, Whole Herring Meal, Whole Wheat Flower, Algae Meal, and Soybean Isolate. It says the crude protein is at minimum 48%. This should be fine right? They do also get tiny microworms every other day and occasionally I would be feeding them a bit of crushed freeze dried brine shrimp.
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