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Something is wrong with my betta PLEASE HELP!!!

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Something is wrong with my betta PLEASE HELP!!!
Old 06-04-2008, 09:50 AM   #11
 
I am also thinking on this same subject that from reader comments it seems like constipation is a common ailment with Bettas..I know I have had an ongoing problem with one of mine with it and I am curious if commercially produced fish food such as flake and pellet causes this problem.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:05 AM   #12
 
They are scavengers, not hunters, so feeding them F.D. food is good... but live brine shrimp are by far the best food i have found for bettas.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:24 AM   #13
 
Newly hatched brine shrimp have a lot of nutritional value - older brine do not. Unless you want to hatch a new batch of brine shrimp every other day, feed them as a treat. A high quality pellet is by far the best thing to feed as a staple. Yes, bettas are carnivorous, but the pellets satisfy that. They are made for bettas, after all. I would try to switch my betta to pellets, rather than flakes, if I were you.
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Old 06-04-2008, 10:32 AM   #14
 
The nutritional value of Adult Brine Shrimp depends on many factors, including what you give your brine shrimp to eat.

Oh well. Ive found that pellets cause constipation.
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:05 AM   #15
 
What do you think about live mosquito larve?
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:15 AM   #16
 
unhealthy, since they can carry disease and are generally dirty
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:17 AM   #17
 
Bettas have upturned mouths and are primarily carnivorous surface feeders. In the wild, bettas feed on zooplankton and the larvae of mosquitoes and other insects.[citation needed] Bettas which feed on wide range of foods live longer, have richer colors, and heal fin damage quicker. Typically, Betta pellets are a combination of mashed shrimp meal, fish meal, brine shrimp, bloodworms, and vitamins. Bettas also will eat live or frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp or daphnia. For variety and fiber, bettas are fed finely-chopped, high-protein vegetables, such as soybeans, green beans, broccoli, corn, and carrots. Some bettas subsist on dried flaked food suitable for tropical fish, because although this feed reduces their coloring, the bettas are able to digest this better than pellets. However, just feeding bettas vegetables alone is not a good idea since they are carnivorous and do best with meat products. Bettas can get constipated when their diet lacks variety. If their stomach looks swollen, feed them food with fiber.

Above is a quote from Wikapedia..I find corn an interesting choice..I think after reading this article that I should be feeding my guys more vegtable variety in addition to thier regular food..what do you think? ...
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:55 AM   #18
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afQ-1Z_WqlU

Here's a Betta eating a live worm..It looks pretty big!...Too Big!
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:21 PM   #19
 
live worms cause dropsy
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:27 PM   #20
 
hhhmmmm doubtful as that is what they eat in thier natural environment..I am quite sure they are not scavanger fish...those are usually bottom feeder fish....
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