Cookoo For Copepods!

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Skye_marilyn, May 25, 2018.

  1. Skye_marilyn

    Skye_marilynWell Known MemberMember

    Hello fellow betta friends!
    I am here to tell you a story about my betta, so buckle up and get ready to read about his adventures. I’ve had my betta dynamite in a breeder box so I could easily transfer him in and out of baths for some suspected fin rot but yesterday I noticed a little bug crawling on my mystery snail’s shell. At first I thought this little creepy crawly was a gnat but then it dawned on me that this isn’t possible under water, so I did a little research and found that my tank had a mild swarm of seed shrimp running about. I wasn’t sure how they got there as I haven’t added plants in months but I do remember dynamite always pecking at the substrate in a peculiar way, never thought much of it until now. I’m going to assume they have been there all along but in controlled numbers due to dynamite hunting them down so they never became noticeable. So while he was in the breeder box these little crustaceans had the time to breed into a more noticeable infestation and I started to see them crawling all around. I decided to let my boy free and he had an eating fest! He practically ate them all into extinction in one hour! Now he has a nice round belly (luckily I didn’t feed him today) and from now on I’ll leave him in there to keep the population in check. I know this may be a bit boring but I thought it was funny and decided to share ;)
    I added a close up image of one of these buggers so you can get an idea.  
    Last edited by a moderator: May 25, 2018
  2. Gypsy13

    Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Thank you! I needed this! Awesomely cute! Poor little copepods. :)
  3. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I also feed my bettas love foods, but they get baby isopods, such as woodlice. They love them, just like a moving shrimp! :)
  4. midna

    midnaWell Known MemberMember

    a cute tiny little shrimp but not shrimp thing... i want it......

    @Fanatic do they just float on the surface since they aren't aquatic? we have a roly poly explosion outside, but i'm always careful not to step on any cuz i love them lol. i'd be hesitant to feed them to my betta.
  5. Ms rose

    Ms roseWell Known MemberMember

    i came because your "title" is hillarious. cookoo for copepods hahahah great story as well
  6. OP

    Skye_marilynWell Known MemberMember

    I thought of it and just knew everyone on fishlore had to hear this. He has gotten quite a fat belly from eating them all, I think I’ll hold off on feedingfor a few days. 795be1b9636456d9a2351804fcfc815d.jpg9abfa5e135aefbef6adcc0a92a1f73e2.jpg
  7. Ravynn

    RavynnWell Known MemberMember

    I somehow have a copepod population in my Betta tank as well. My boy goes around pecking the substrate and glass eating them throughout the day.

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