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Thread: I got a new betta! Any advice?

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    ive got one that lives in the bottom of an Exoterra terarrium, prolly close to 4 gallons of water.....no active filtration just lots of live plants and swapping out half the water every 7-10 days...but the water is only 4 inches deep and has a surface area of roughly 18inx18in minus the branches that are sticking out of the water........he seems happy enough...

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    Ok, I could also use the daphnia to feed my bladderworts too. I've heard that if you feed a betta too much live food, it would eat itself to death?

    thats just stupid.....what do they eat in the wild?
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    I've read they eat mosquito larva. And i think logic behind it is that a betta sees little swimming things and has the instinct to eat it. I doubt betta's in the wild would find a large amount of food in a small area trapped like they do in a tank. They also have a very small stomach. Besides, look at Lemmings, their instincts drive them off cliffs, so I'm sure a betta would not be able to resist his.
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    they usually aint trapped in that small of an area,its just usually shallow warm water with lil oxygen so other fish die off......ever seen lil pools with mosquito larva in them? infested is a good description....between the larva, bugs that hit the surface and what ever they would be eating themselves to death in the wild....
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    http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=8923
    and another quote I found from another website for which I would like confirmation or any advice. "Double Tail bettas will have swimbladder problem if you over feed them. They will start floating and may take up to several weeks to recover! So with DTs, it is even more important to not overdo it when it comes to food. Also when feeding live food, especially live brine shrimp, you must be aware that bettas will not stop eating until all the live food has been gobbled up. Twice I lost bettas that way. I kid you not. You will find them dead the next day. So only feed reasonable amounts of live food to your bettas, because in your fishroom, you are the only one with any ability to refrain things from getting out of hands. Your bettas can't and won't. They'll eat themselves to death. Literally." from http://www.bettatalk.com/food.htm
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    rice paddies are usually ankle deep warm water thats low in o2......they are also full of critters small enough for a betta to eat......my statement stands as written.....
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    @rattler: domesticated vs wild types...i think william does have a point. double tails are especially prone to spinal deformities and bladder problems to begin with. plus, a wild betta wouldnt just be eating all day, it would be dodging predators and hiding under folliage. plus, we are also assuming that the critters the betta eats have hiding places as well--it's not like they're helplessly swimming in the water column.
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    I'm curious if you have cycled the tank? A weekend is not near enough time for a tank to become established.
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    I think the fish aspects are well covered but I wanted to say that I'm pretty sure lemmings don't actually dive off cliffs instinctively... They do go crazy after a while but their modus operandi isn't quite so specific.
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