Feeding Betta Newborn Guppies?...

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  1. Meghanfloof

    MeghanfloofValued MemberMember

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    Is feeding my betta fish newborn guppy fry an unacceptable treat? I have seen videos where they gulp them down in one bite and it seems to be a quick death for the fry. I have two guppies (male and female) at the moment, and of course my betta won't be the sole relying factor of population control but I was wondering if I could use the guppy population to my advantage for him, since I can't culture other live foods like bloodworms.

    Of course most of the guppies will go to the lfs/pet store, as I of course am not trying to over feed my betta haha.

    Perhaps I could even make a few dollars off of my gups... bought my pair for $10 and the male is a very bright red/orange tuxedo with a round tail. If I sold them on craigslist and they had that bright of color people would probably be interested (for comparison, my guppy is about2-3x brighter than any red tuxedo on google images I've seen)

    The female was in a tank with exclusively mosaics before I bought her too so as long as I have population control they shouldnt develop problems due to inbreeding on my part

    What do you guys think?
     
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    I see no problems feeding them. People feed other fishes to their fishes all the time.
     
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    My Betta don't eat fry.
    They love Betta pellets and the occasional nibble at veggies.
    Maybe if one sat still on their noses they might :rolleyes:
     
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    Provided you know the Guppy fry are healthy there is no problem.

    My Bettas for the most part do not know what pellets are, maybe they did before I got them. My fish only eat live or frozen food.
    They love bits of Barramundi and Banana prawn. They go crazy over live mosquito larvae small maggots and small earth worms.

    This is not for everyone because breeding and keeping live food can be difficult and you need the space for it.

    PS.
    Your Bettas need to learn what it means to be a predator.
     
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    Lordie, your Betta are fierce!
    I don't restrict mine. I have other carnivores. They eat fry and bloodworms.
    My Bettas just choose to be sweeties.
    They may want to kill each other but
    put them in the fry tank and they are sweet.
     
  6. NickAu

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    That is normal Betta behaviour and it should be encouraged,
     
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    Are those in the clip females or males?
    I have only ever kept males.
     
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    Those are females. It's a betta sorority.
     
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    Peer pressure :p
     
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    Yes they are females
     
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    It should be safe for the betta to consume the fry, but I wouldn’t call it a swift death. I believe people typically assume as soon as a fish is swallowed it’s deceased, but that’s not necessarily the case. When swallowed whole the fish will typically die from suffocation wich May take a bit. Likely a minute or two at least. Now if it manages to not suffocate, the digestion process will take care of any remaining life.

    As for selling, you could try selling trios, pairs, and virgin females. It would also be beneficial to offer them on forums and places like aquabid. You likely could make some pocket change if you truly do have a uniquely vibrant strain.
     
  12. NickAu

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    Bettas have teeth and chew their food.
     
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    Meghanfloof

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    Alright thank you all for the suggestions! I put four of the fry in the 10 gallon with my betta. If he eats them, its fine. If not, I'll just move them back into the main guppy tank when they're old enough to see a bit better. Plus they get to grow under better lighting in the ten anyways, so it's a win-win either way this turns out
     
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