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post #21 of 30 Old 06-04-2008, 01:45 PM
wild bettas have 10x stronger immune systems, And they are definitely scavengers.
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post #22 of 30 Old 06-04-2008, 02:19 PM
Oh..Ok ..
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post #23 of 30 Old 06-04-2008, 02:22 PM
Here is the Index of Scavanger fish.......No Bettas

Algae Eaters
Algae Eating Plecostomus
Ancistrus Bushy Nose Plecostomus
Armored Catfish

Bushy Nose Plecostomus

Candy Striped Plecostomus
Chinese Algae Eaters X
Clown Loaches
Cory Catfish, Corydoras

Emerald Green "Cory" Catfish

Golden Nugget Plecostomus

Loaches X

Marbled Sailfin Plecostomus

Otocinclus Catfish X

Panda Cory Catfish, Corydoras
Peppered Cory Catfish, Corydoras
Pictus Catfish X
Plecostomus Catfish

Siamese Algae Eaters
Spotted Sail Fin Plecostomus
Synodontis Catfish

Upside Down Catfish

Vampire Plecostomus

White Tip Shark Catfish

Yoyo Loaches

Scavenger Names in Alphabetical
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post #24 of 30 Old 06-04-2008, 03:04 PM
Well they are NOT hunters.
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post #25 of 30 Old 06-04-2008, 03:26 PM
Who said that they were hunters?
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post #26 of 30 Old 06-04-2008, 07:23 PM
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Bettas are micropredators (I'm sorry if this term is not exactly accurate, I can really only find this word used in this context within the fishy world, and not as a scientific word for a type of predation). Which means their prey is mostly things they can eat in a bite or two. They generally eat tiny invertebrates; insect larvae, small worms & crustaceans and any small bugs unlucky enough to land on the surface of the water.

In response to the hunter statement, there are many different types of predators, some that hunt and some that don't. For instance one could be an ambush predator, not a hunter. Bettas on the other hand tend to be opportunistic predators (they attack prey that can be approached and eaten with little expenditure of energy).

Also, the idea that worms cause dropsy seems inaccurate, as it is a type of food bettas are used to feeding on. The idea probably comes from the fact that live prey can often leave much waste on the bottom, which in turn degrades water quality and causes dropsy. I cannot imagine that worms themselves cause dropsy, and would be interested to see a source that states that information (and what their basis is).
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post #27 of 30 Old 06-05-2008, 06:01 AM
Thank You Okiemavis..that is good info
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post #28 of 30 Old 06-05-2008, 06:17 PM
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Thanks, and I was reading the previous page, mosquito larvae is a great food for your betta, especially since you can get your own for free. It's a staple food for anabantoids in the wild. If you wander around this site I believe there's a post about collecting mosquito larvae and other foods like that.

While it's true that there are health risks posed to humans and other animals by mosquitoes, this has to do with the fact that they carry blood-borne illness, the way sharing an injection needle is dangerous (it's actually way more complicated than that, but yeah, bear with me). However, mosquito larvae pose basically no risk to fish, or humans for that matter. In fact, invertebrates are the best live food to feed your fish as there is almost no risk of transmitting infections that can be transmitted by feeder fish.
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post #29 of 30 Old 06-05-2008, 07:48 PM
my betta loves tubiflex worms
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post #30 of 30 Old 06-06-2008, 06:39 AM
Thanks for the info Okiemavis
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