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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2017, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi. I'm new to this forum and if this post is in the wrong section I'm sorry. I am planning to breed my betta and I have some questions about fry food. When they are big enough to eat brine shrimp can I feed NLS Small Fry Starter Formula instead? If not I will just stick to brine shrimp. Thanks (Just realized I spelled betta wrong, thanks autocorrect)

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In their first weeks of life, betta are extremely small. Newly hatched brine shrimp are too large for them when they first need to eat. I give mine infusoria. You need to start a culture two or three weeks ahead of breeding your betta.

All you need is a large glass jar. Fill it with water that likely has microscopic life in it (strained pond water, water from a canister filter, water squeezed from a sponge filter, etc) If you are also using tap water to finish filling the jar, make sure that it has aged a minimum of 24-hours. To the 'dirty' water, add a few drops of a liquid fry food for the micro-organisms to eat and some slightly boiled vegetable matter (lettuce leaves, zucchini) or old leaves from aquatic plants. Put it in a sunny window. The water will turn a cloudy green or grey. If you are going to keep the culture going, be sure to only add aged water
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What I meant was when the fry is big enough to eat fine shrimps can I replace that with NLS small fry starter formula?
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I'm assuming you mean freshly hatched brine shrimp and not adult brine shrimp?

Unlike other species of fish, betta fry tend to need live foods when they are young. They often fail to recognise powdered foods or anything that doesn't move, as food, and may starve to death.

You could try to wean the fry over onto powdered food, but I would feed it in conjunction with brine shrimp, until you are certain all fry are willingly taking the powdered food.

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