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Old 01-27-2012, 09:37 PM   #1 
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cupping betta during feeding time?

My betta's a pig. He'll go after any food, chasing off my 4 cories and ghost shrimp for their bottom feeder food. Should I cup my betta during feeding times? I'm mainly worried about the cories not getting enough to eat/overfeeding the betta.
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:40 PM   #2 
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Wow. I actually had the OPPOSITE problem. I had to take my betta out of the community tank and put him in his own because he was not aggressive enough to get enough food. I don't know the solution to your problem, but I can almost promise you that cupping him every day twice a day (or how ever often you feed him) would probably stress him out quite a bit.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:13 PM   #3 
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Yeah...I hear about a lot of people having the opposite problem...I was worried about stressing him out too much with the cupping; he seems happy right now...I just don't want him to explode from eating too much.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:28 PM   #4 
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break it up, some here, some there. I have to do that in my 20 gallon to keep the Rasboras from eatting my betta's pellets.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:42 PM   #5 
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You could try putting the cory's food directly on the bottom. Or feed the cories on a different side from your betta. I would start trying some suggestions and find out what works best for you and your fish.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:30 AM   #6 
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Don't know how big your tank is, but,,, you could get some of that plastic mesh stuff some people use for dividers and use it to partition him off until the other stock have eaten.
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Old 01-29-2012, 08:28 PM   #7 
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I don't think you can over feed him
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:27 AM   #8 
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My Betta tends to do abit of the same, Now feed my Betta first with pellets, he's then slower hitting my flake food for other residents now have a chance to feed. I tap the front of the lid feeding time, yep Betta is the first one to arrive.
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Old 01-30-2012, 11:17 AM   #9 
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I don't think you can over feed him
Yes you can. They have very small stomachs, and too much food in them can cause swim bladder problems. You can overfeed any fish.

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:26 AM   #10 
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Cories being catfish are more active at night. Break the pellets up into smaller pieces and drop them in a hour or two after lights out towards the rear of the tank. Their sensors will eventually find it.
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