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Old 12-09-2011, 04:27 PM   #1 
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ants as a substitute for mosquito larvae

have any of you tried it? would it work? or will this kill the betta?
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:48 PM   #2 
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I've never heard of it before. I'm not sure how much nutritional value they have and I'd be worried they'd be carrying something. Perhaps a culture of flightless fruitflies instead?
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:01 PM   #3 
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I don't think they would even like it. I've tried an ant before(long story) and they are..for lack of a better word--spicy? The toxins kinda burn a little, even on my big ole human tongue. I can imagine it would shock a betta! And I don't know the nutrition level of them either!
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:33 PM   #4 
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They won't eat ants. Ants release chemicals when threatened which taste nasty.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:44 PM   #5 
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Ewww!
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:10 AM   #6 
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One in a million betta (sort of) would eat ants. I've only heard of 1 person who has successfully fed his bettas ants when food was scarce. But I'm not sure about their nutritional value nor do I know the kind of ants he uses.

I don't feed mine ants. But I do feed them ant/termite eggs or larva. In my country, they're regularly fed to predatory singing birds because they're very nutritious (high protein).
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:14 AM   #7 
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If ant's aren't going to work, how bout live crickets?
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:20 AM   #8 
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Ants are a no:
1) Their exoskeleton is very tough and can lead to impaction
2) The chemicals they release taste bad and could be harmful (not sure on that)

Crickets have a hard exoskeleton even for some types of reptiles. I know they are very popular for feeding to reptiles but they can also cause compaction so some keepers (like me) avoid using them unless they were freshly molted. Additionally, you would have to use super-pin head crickets (like 1-2 days old) which you won't find at any petstore.

Wingless fruit flies are a good option. It is pretty easy to make a culture of them too, but only adult bettas can really eat them.
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Old 12-11-2011, 11:24 AM   #9 
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Crickets are definitely no good. .... I mean for bettas. They're good for big enough fish that can eat them whole. But to feed them to bettas, you would have to chop them up..... their internal whatever is mainly liquid. You will end up with little to no meat.... just the exoskeleton which IMO is too hard for bettas.

It might work if you feed an extra big betta very young (newly hatched) and tiny crickets.... not sure, never tried.
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Your best bet is to stick with worm type foods if you want to do live foods. Daphnia is another good option but it can be hard to keep a colony going.
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