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soco1125 06-05-2007 01:54 AM

it's ok for them to eat this, right?
is it ok for all of the inhabitants of my african tank to eat betta food? the betta who is rooming in this tank with the 2 bichirs and 10 "debauwi" cats loves his pellets... and the other fish freak over them too. i'm assuming it's ok for them to eat these high-protien pellets since all of these fish are carnivorous, but i want to know for sure. they only get a few pellets every other day or so... the rest of their food consists of flakes or freeze-dried artemia or bloodworms.

thanks :)

Daz 06-05-2007 02:04 AM

Bichirs really need something more substantial than flake, Bloodworm is fine for them, but try adding something like a little Smelt or a tad of Sardine now and again. As for the Betta, how long has he been in there ?

soco1125 06-05-2007 02:09 AM

yeah, i figured as much for the bichirs (i've only had them for a few days). the betta has been living in this tank for a couple of months while i've been trying to decide what to do with him. i know i will have to move him soon before the senegals get big enough to chomp on him.

mHeinitz57 06-09-2007 06:54 PM

Betta food is very high in protein and usually contains bloodworms in it. It is ok for pretty much all fish to eat but you would be suprised how many fish aren't purely carnivorous. Most cichlids, for instance, need more begetation in their diet than they usually get. Giving a well rounded diet will also bring out the colors of your fish. Personally I like to get a variety of frozen foods and switch it up day to day. Most bichir's won't eat pellet or flake (although mine does) so a frozen food is a good choice. I have 3 different types that I rotate: bloodworms, brine shrimp, and a mixture of spirulina, algea, spinach, and other greens. Most fish are ok eating another fishes food but its important to get everyone's diet in there. When you're bichirs are big enough, I found it easiest to go to the grocery store and buy a bag of precooked cocktail shrimp. Make sure they are unseasoned but for a few bucks you will feed them for a long time. Just thaw the shrimps out and cut them to bit sized peices.

soco1125 06-20-2007 09:53 AM

will get some shrimp next time i go to the grocery store. it's a good excuse i think.... "oh, honey we need shrimp to feed the fish... uh-oh, they'll never eat all of that... we better eat some of it." :)

have your bichers ever "buddied-up" with another fish? last night i saw my betta loafing on the gravel with one of the senegals "cuddled" up next to him. he even had one of his pectoral fins laying across the bichir's back. i ran to get my camera but they had moved before i could get a picture.

mHeinitz57 06-20-2007 10:21 AM

lol, thats so cute. Maybe you should play some marvin gaye and light candles next to the tank, you could breed the first betta and bichir combination. :-) Yeah every once in awhile I would snag one of his shrimps for myself, haha. Just make sure its not seasoned or anything though, you dont want any unneeded salt or anything. I do throw some tartar sauce in the filter though for flavoring...j/k :-)

soco1125 06-27-2007 01:24 AM

haha... yeah, i don't think they'd appreciate all the butter, tequila, and cajun seasoning i use to cook shrimp :P

alas, we shall not create the betta-bichir anytime soon. "betta max" had to be moved out of the tank because someone shredded his fins. i don't know if it was those nippy catfish or if the other senegal got jealous. anyways, he's doing well back in his old 2g tank and is being treated with melafix

mHeinitz57 06-27-2007 02:14 AM

hey that sounds good, feel free to make me shrimp anytime, haha!

soco1125 06-27-2007 01:29 PM

heehee... sure, look me up next time you're in branson, missouri! :)

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