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Old 12-29-2011, 11:11 PM   #1 
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Feeding My Betta

So my betta knows when it is time for him to eat. He swims to the slot I feed him through, and floats there vertically waiting for food to fall through. its really kinda sad. I want to fast him once a week, but when i look at him just sitting there waiting for food, I cant help but feed him. and sometimes he starts to swim erratically.... Like CRAZY! if i really wait too long. should i just hold off on feeding him, or should i just give him the food because i don't him to hurt himself.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:37 PM   #2 
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maybe feed him very little per day instead of one big meal a week? like 3-4 pellet a day is all im giving mine and he's happy with it :D
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:42 PM   #3 
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I do. I feed him twice a day. everyday. I wanted to fast him once a week though because he sometimes get SB issues
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:08 AM   #4 
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oh...i misread sorry...i thought u said feed him once a week x.x
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:15 AM   #5 
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Just hold off. He'll be fine.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:23 AM   #6 
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O.K. I just cant look at him the day i fast him, because i will be tempted to feed him.
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Old 12-30-2011, 03:47 AM   #7 
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Bettas are notorious beggars. Fasting him for one day wont do any harm, they can live up to 2 weeks without food. You just need to ignore his begging dance :P
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:59 PM   #8 
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I may be wrong...but I don't think you HAVE to fast him once a week. It's a nice extra thing to do, but not vital. You might try just making his regular feedings a little smaller if he is having problems instead of not feeding for a day, especially if the fasting day is hard for you. Or you could try some kind of smaller food like flakes for a day. Just reduce the food somehow. I don't think it necessarily has to be a fast.

On the other hand, nothing bad will happen if you fast him for a day. He'll forgive you :).
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Old 12-31-2011, 04:19 PM   #9 
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its just that his hunger dance is so erratic, i think he will hurt himself. So I dont fast him to calm him down
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