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Im new to the world of betta's, and saw that it would be nice for the fish to have a varied diet. So I was wondering how people felt about freeze dried bloodworms. Do they cause bloat, or if there is a special way to prepare them? Is it okay to give it to them once in a while, or daily? Do I soak them? Etc?

Betta's have so much personality and I dont wanna just give them stuff all willy nilly and hurt them.

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Welcome to the addiction! :-D

I stay away from freezedried myself, just to be safe, and stick with frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, and Daphnia. I've read that the process it goes through to freezedry things actually remove the nutrients, and that it can cause bloat and the like....but, with that said, I've also heard a couple things about soaking them fist, only giving a couple, ext. But, IMHO, its not worth the risk....I'm also super paranoid though :p

Also, they should only be fed 'treats' such as bloodworms and brine shrimp once-twice a week with a good pellet as a staple diet. I choose a day for each(bloodworms and brine shrimp)and replace the evening feeding with a few. :) Hope this helps!
 

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Wow you got a lot of fish o.o hehe!

Yea its an addiction, every time I go to wal mart or pets mart for their food or items, I go, "Wow shes gorgous I wanna take her home with me!". Luckily I go with friends who say, "nooo! Where are you gonna keep it!" LOL.

Anyway~ I do appricate the advice. I stared at this BettaMin, Tropical Medley by Tetra, which includes, FreezedDried shrimp brine, vs this little bottle of Tetra's, freezedried blood worms. I went with the Tropical Medley thinking it would be 'safer' and decided to go on the forums to ask about the bloodworms for next time.

So freezedried stuff takes out nutriants? Well that isnt cool! Maybe I should invest in some frozen stuff, which I guess you get at PetSmart...

Thanks for the reply <3
 

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Haha, I also have a pond full of breeding goldfish ;-)

Yup, bettas are definitely an addition, this last guy I bought(on my avvy)has to be my last one, I need to save room for fry^-^ But I get the 'you don't need another fish' speech from my mom anyway, luckily, or unluckily maybe, I don't listen xD

Your welcome, glad I could be of help :) I do believe I have a thing of Tropical Medley too...but that was long before I got bettas, so I've never fed it to them, and at my LPS frozen is actually cheaper :p
Yup, I keep reading that somehow it takes out the nutrients...which is why I decided to not even try it and find other ways to vary their diet. I've heard of people using some special kinds of flakes, and even different brands of pellets and mixing it up.

I've found frozen wherever fish are sold, my LPS, Petsmart, Petco, online....all over the place. I hear Hikari brand is best as well ^-^
 

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^^ Ill look em up next time I head over there. Which might be soon, I am under the
suspicion that the heater isnt working so I just got a thermometer to test it. (BTW a little off topic, whats a good temp for the water to be at? )

Stupid question, keep the worms in the freezer right? (Which my mother will 'love' to see). And do I thaw those out too?
 

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Ahh, yes, thermometers are good...I always forget those D: xD luckily, I have enough tanks with stable temps that I can 'borrow' for a short time.
Its recommended to keep the temp between 78-82 degrees, I keep mine all at around 79-80 and find they're most active then ;-)

Yup, just keep 'em in the freezer xD My mom is okay with it because they're sealed up, though once she freaked because I put a dish of excess worms in there....though, I just put the dish in a zip-lock baggy and the argument was solved ;-)

I thaw them in a small dish with tank water, usually its warm enough to thaw them out in 5 minutes or so(give or take....I usually leave them for a bit because I'm distracted my shiny objects xD)They come in 'cubes' so if you have excess drain the water and you can use the zip-lock method and save for future use ;-) If your mom gets mad, say your saving money by not wasting....or ask for your own mini freezer in your room :lol:
 

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Brilliance DragonFish <3

Ill go out sometime when I get some extra money and buy some for the little guys. Because come on, if you eat the same thing every day, youd get bored too Lol.

^^ Thanks for all the info! Everyone here is always willing to help yay! OH, that Medley I got, do you remember if its a daily thing?
 

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Happy to lend my brillianceness ;-) :lol: Jk, but I'm happy I could help ^-^

I know I would get bored xD Though, I once had a honey Gourami that refused to eat anything but flakes. She was quite the odd character...

Hmm.... like if your supposed to feed it every day? I fed it to my Community tank every other day, though with bettas, frezedried or frozen, I think the absolute max times you should be feeding it is three times per week....I don't know exactly why I'm afraid, all I know is that its bad for them in some way....
 

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Lol I mean feeding them the Melody food, can I feed them that daily, or is it a treat like thing like the blood worms ^^.
 

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Good stuff, Ill keep that in mind. Im going to change the tank tonight, and nothing says non-stress than new food! A -num num. ^^

That and poke around my room to find some new things that float for their tank lol. A top of a pill bottle keeps Aya busy but its too big for Celes....mm... *digs*
 

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Haha, indeed, I usually like to feed bloodworms after I do WCs....good to know I'm not the only one that makes that connection xD

lol, how cute! I've been looking for a plastic egg from my brothers room to try with Nova or Wally....so far, no luck D: I need to go get some ping pong balls...I tried a marble in my bare bottom 5 gallon, but Smore seems unamused and my mom came in and commented '....You've been a bad fish, you only get one marble' :lol:
 

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Awesome commenting Lol.

And that tidbit of info came from this forum hehe, so I wasnt awesome enough to notice that lol.

I got little beads on the bottom for Celestine, but she doesnt seem to care either lol. The female is a little bit of a picky aggressive thing.

Id use a ball but to keep the two of them mating (bad thing for a newbie Betta owner) I got a breeders cage in it floating on the side of our 2 gal tank to keep em apart. So there isnt enough room v.v
 

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lol, yes, she comes in and talks to my fish xD and Max, her betta, she sings to xD

It was another forum where I read about ping pong balls and marbles...and a few other things, can't remember them all now D:

Hmm....the breeder is only temporary though, correct? And the lid is on it? If I need to QT one of my girls because she ate too much, they'll jump out if I don't put the lid on....
 

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I switch Aya and Celestine in and out of the breeder so neither is stuck in it for long. But that way they wont breed lol and I dont need to get a new tank. Happily enough the only problem I have with the tank is that they go through a little bout of boredom being in it which can easily be fixed by putting my face by the tank which gets their attention quickly.

And yea, I had problems with Aya jumping out of the breeders thing and going after Celes in the middle of the night. The lid quickly fixed that problem lol. We had a pure white goldfish named Sesshomaru, and one night he committed fishie suicide because we had no lid. Lids = <3
 

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Hmm....you should get another tank anyway, kritter keepers work great. 2 gallons is really the minimum for one betta...and even with switching them out, its not healthy to have two in such a small space....also, the problem you'd have would be more along the lines of one killing the other, rather then them breeding.
Go snag a medium kritter keeper, their not that expensive, and one of those Hydro mini heaters. Trust me, your bettas will be much happier with the extra space AND you'll have room for a ping pong ball or something of the like ^-^

Buuuuut, omg, Sesshy! 8D Inuyasha is <33
 

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I got one of those mini heaters in there now, and I swear it stopped working. I got a vase which I could switch one into, but with it not being heated and all I thought it would be best to keep them in a heated tank.

And yea we were sad to see Sessy go, but we learned never to buy white fish/animals (had a friend with a guinea pig) and named them after semi evil charcs lol. They all want to kill themselves.
 

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Frozen has two problems: 1) it is less nutritious than live, and 2) you have to keep it in the freezer.

Freeze-drying preserves most of the nutrients in the food, without the problems of parasites (the process kills any that might be present). Also, once in the water, the freeze-dried worms seem more like live ones. They quickly absorb the water and resemble live worms.

I use freezedried and frozen foods. It is faster for me to feed freezedried because my fish are a little slow to see the frozen foods lol.
 

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Better watch Sasuke, one day he just might go nuts and bug out at a female LOL. Ninja's are sneaky that way.

But your right, I need a new tank, I feel bad keeping one in that breeders thingie gotta find one with a heater if possible.
 
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