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Old 10-05-2011, 10:46 AM   #1 
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Question Shelf life of food?

Hello all! I am getting a 3rd betta on friday and I was wondering if i will need to buy new food/treats as well.

So my question is what is the shelf life of Freezedried blood worm and pellets? I have had the bloodworms since the beginning on june and the pellets since the end of june/beginning of july (I believed the person at the fish store when they said only feed them bloodworms thanks to this site i know better).

Side note: AHHHHH! I can't wait for my third betta!!
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:50 AM   #2 
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:) Congrats on the new betta! What tail type do you think you'll get?
I'm not sure if freeze-dried food even expires... but it's usually a year or two before pellets expire. You can check the label and see is there's an exp. date. :)
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:09 AM   #3 
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Thanks! Idk what kind tho, where I am getting one all they had was veil tails last time I went. But I am hoping they will have some crowntails (that's about as exotic as it gets around here).

And thanks for the info on the food. I saw the ex. date I just wasn't sure if I should beleive it. You know like those 'tanks' that say they are for bettas when they are only fit to hold a cup of water. Sorry those make me mad lol. Each of my babys have their own 5gal tank.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:11 AM   #4 
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Generally-you have 6mo-1yr once the seal is cracked on the fish food....this also depends on ingredient quality and additives......most of the added vitamin are not stable...with that said....old fish food usually is not harmful per se'-it just lacks some of the nutrient value and vitamins....

Proper storage is really important-a cool dry, dark place it best...the worst place in on top of the tank light-that added heat and moisture can cause the fish food to go bad really fast...a tightly sealed container in a dark-dry cabinet is best...

You should try to buy the smallest container of fish food you can find or split it with friends so you can buy several different fish foods to provide a good varied diet.......
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:17 AM   #5 
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Ok I am storing it correctly then, that's good to know. Thank you! As for the varity in diet, I will buy a different pellet food when I go, any suggestions? I'd split it with a friend except I'm the only one I know with bettas. I don't mind buying the whole thing tho, as long as my bettas are happy and healthy i'm happy.

Oh and I am currently using TetraBetta floating mini pellets. Is there something better but still affordable I could use?
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:40 AM   #6 
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Ah ,well OLF is much more knowledgeable than me, so she's correct. :)
I think a lot of people like Omega One Buffet Pellets. I use TopFin, but anything with decent amounts of protein is good. Just make sure there isn't high amounts of wheat or gluten. :) Bettas are carnivores and need protein!~ omnomnom.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:45 AM   #7 
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Omega One Buffet Pellets, ok then! I will hopefully get some asap. What about my guys who have been on the same food (2 pellets a day & the occanisal treat) is there anything special i need to do when I switch their food? Sorry if this is a lot of questions i'm just always paranoid i will do something wrong and hurt them.
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You don't have to get Betta specific food-look at the ingredients-the first item needs to be either whole, filet or meal from fish or seafood source.....pellets, flake, frozen, freeze dried...something different for every meal....what one is missing the other may have to provide a good varied nutrient rich diet....
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:06 PM   #9 
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Ok! Thanks for the advice!! I will get some different food when I go to get a third betta. AH! I can't wait! lol. Thanks everyone for the help!
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:15 PM   #10 
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Can you post some pics of your new guy when you get him?
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