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Old 01-02-2012, 01:32 PM   #1 
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What to feed fry!

Hi there,
I need your help. What should i feed newborn fry? I have heard that crushed flake food is good and that live foods can choke fry.....
Is this true?
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:22 PM   #2 
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That is not true.
Most fry will not touch dry foods.
You want to start them with live foods which are pretty easy to obtain.
Feed infusoria, vinegar eels, microworms and babanaworms to small 1-3 week old fry.
If your fry are eating the above foods without problem, you can try feeding newly hatched bryne shrimp.
Some people use dry foods from the beginning but imo they are not the bet option for the fry. I think they should be introduced later when you're certain you have strong fry.
You will hear many opinions on this... just go with what you think it's best for your fish.
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:13 PM   #3 
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Thank you!
What about freeze dried bloodworms?
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:24 PM   #4 
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Freeze dried bloodworms are not a suitable food for bettas.
Yes, the fish will love them but they are known to cause constipation problems plus they don't provide much nutrition.
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:39 PM   #5 
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You need smaller foods like the microworms and such mentioned.

You can buy frozen BABY brine shrimp for $7 at petsmart.
or buy some eggs and hatch them yourself, fry love newly hatched baby brine shrimp.

regular dry food can cause constipation/swimbladder issues, some fry won't eat it, and it lack the nutrients they need to grow so they will grow VERY slowly IF they live.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:38 PM   #6 
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Betta fry start out at about 3mm long.. that will give you an idea of the size they are
http://www.bettysplendens.com/articl...?articleid=846

You need microscopic foods like baby brine shrimp (not adults) micro worms, walter worms, vinegar eels, golden pearls, decapped brine eggs, etc.

You can check out the sticky on foods for more information. THere are several first foods for fry. Personally my favorites are vinegar eels and walter worms but Brine shrimp is a classic as well.
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:34 AM   #7 
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Heres another good size reference...

I usually dont feed them for a few days after this, this was one full day old. But I use microworms, egg yolk (but it fouls the water so fast..), and then BBS once they can swallow them with no problem.
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