Question How To Keep My Hungry Betta From Not Overeating

SilverLoachRam

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HI all! First off, I wasn't sure where to put this thread because it's not an emergency but it is a question I need help with.

So, I have a 20 gallon tank with 10 cory cats (4 paleatus 3 bandit 3 long fin panda), a very small 1.5 inch albino bristlenose and my black crowntail betta. The problem I have is I'm going out of town and when I feed my betta I have to isolate him because he is a little pig and will eat way to much food. I was using a fry net to hold him while he was eating but since than I've had to switch to a Gatorade bottle with a suction cup that was formally an egg tumbler I made to keep him in while feeding. Now I trust the person I have coming over every other night to feed the fish but I don't trust them enough to sit there and let my betta swim in after he realizes it's time to eat.

Any suggestions on what I could do? I have an upcycled 2.5 gallon but that's much to small and I feel is a recipe for disaster from ammonia spikes.

Thanks all, SilverLoachRam
 

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What do you feed him? Maybe try flakes instead of pellets if that's what you are doing right now? Do you have a filter for the 2.5? For a week if your fish-sitter changes the water regularly it should be fine...
 
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Manan said:
What do you feed him? Maybe try flakes instead of pellets if that's what you are doing right now? Do you have a filter for the 2.5? For a week if your fish-sitter changes the water regularly it should be fine...
I feed him HikarI Betta Biogold (pellets) cand the Cory's and pleco get HikarI micropellets. I do have a filter on the 2.5 but the sitter is a neighbor who was weary to even touch fish food without gloves on and there's no way I trust her enough to do a water change on any of my tanks.
 

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Hello. How long are you going to be out of town? Most fish can go about 2 weeks without food (especially if they are fed very well in the week or so leading up to it) so if your not going to be gone a long time, I just wouldn't feed them at all. It doesn't matter the type of food, overeating is overeating. If you don't trust a sitter to feed the betta seperately, I feel like they would be better off not eating at all.
 

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Exactly! Do not feed the fish while you're gone. Feed them well the day before you leave, then do a water change on the day you leave. A little starving will do good for them.
 
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Iboughtmykidfish said:
Hello. How long are you going to be out of town? Most fish can go about 2 weeks without food (especially if they are fed very well in the week or so leading up to it) so if your not going to be gone a long time, I just wouldn't feed them at all. It doesn't matter the type of food, overeating is overeating. If you don't trust a sitter to feed the betta seperately, I feel like they would be better off not eating at all.
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Exactly! Do not feed the fish while you're gone. Feed them well the day before you leave, then do a water change on the day you leave. A little starving will do good for them.
I'll be gone for 8 days 7 nights, so that should be fine to leave them all with no food that long?
 

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SilverLoachRam said:
I'll be gone for 8 days 7 nights, so that should be fine to leave them all with no food that long?
That's what I would do. Feed them good the couple days before you leave, and do a big water change either the day of or the night before, and they should be just fine when you get back.
 

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they will be fine not too feed them for that long! but for longer periods, a tank divider might be an otption.
Good luck, I love to see bettas in community tanks!
 

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Iboughtmykidfish said:
That's what I would do. Feed them good the couple days before you leave, and do a big water change either the day of or the night before, and they should be just fine when you get back.
I agree with not feeding too, I've left my tanks for longer periods than that without feeding. Typically, more might go wrong if someone who is not a fish person takes over. Anything less than 14 days is fine.
 

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