what age do you start weaning your fry from microworms and baby
brine shrimp? What foods do you introduce? I live in an area that
is short on live foods and would like to move on to frozen and
freeze-dried foods. Thanks!
Shannon :)) good to hear from you.
(Shannon is a long time customer of mine :). Oh, and no, that's NOT why her question got picked. She got picked because it happens to be the email my mouse clicked on today - my mouse has a mind of her own LOL).
OK, let's roll up our sleeves and tackle your (ever so most excellent question.
When should fry start eating other foods than their baby food (microworms/baby brine shrimp/vinegar eel etc)? As soon as they are large enough to. So here we are not looking so much at a time factor, but more at a size factor. As some spawns will grow much slower than others, putting a time frame would mean very little and result in possible disaster. What you need to assess is how large the mouth of your fry is becoming. If you can fit a bus in it now, then by all means do start feeding busses to your fry (although it might become expensive LOL). A few tips:
Here is a list of some of the suitable foods for fry growing: freeze dried bloodworms (easy to crush into a fine powder with your 2 fingers), freeze dried brine shrimp (not as easy to crush but still great, will float but can be made to sink by sticking your fingers in the water and then releasing the food), frozen brine shrimp (chopped), frozen bloodworms (chopped finely), frozen mysis shrimp (San Fransisco Bay brand only as other brand's mysis shrimp are too large for bettas :( and would require MASSIVE chopping - SFBB has small size, good for betta's mouth and it will not require much more chopping than brine shrimp).
Notice I do not list pellets because most are just not nutritious enough to be good fry foods. There are a few exception, but more on this in another column. Flakes? Pfffffeeettt! Forget it!! Live foods? I stay away! My new moto is: No live food, betta is good. Not that live food is evil, but it presents the very strong possibility to be the vector of many a nasty bug that will latch on to your betta's jugulars (matter of speak). So I pass, thank you but no thank you.
Well kiddo, I hope this helped you and 'bon appetit' (spelled the French way ;) ) to all your little ones!