Tony :). Today looks like we are going to talk about freeze dried
bloodworms :). First off let me say that many hobbyists, who have
only but one or two bettas, feed their bettas freeze dried
bloodworms. So this is not an unusual arrangement. Also and to
answer your question right off the bat (geese, that's a first for
me LOL), YES your betta can survive on just the FDB. However there
are a few things one should know about this specific food (some
good stuff and some bad stuff) so let us briefly look into the
matter right here and now:
FDB is a totally sterile and
ultra safe food for bettas. The freeze dried process kills all
bacteria and parasites present in the bloodworms. It is the
safest food to feed in respect to disease outbreaks
caused by food.
Bloodworms are not actually
"worms" per say. They are insect larvae, which is a
Many people are however
allergic to FDB, I'm one of them (ATCHAAAAA). Just talking
about FDB makes me sneeze! Other common symptoms are runny
nose, scratchy throat, skin redness (if you scratch yourself
while feeding the bettas) and as I said above lots and lots of
Atchaaaaaas LOL. (and I mean LOTS - and LOUD ones, too!) :P.
Note: By "allergic" to FDB I do not suggest that a)-
I was eating the FDB LOL b)- the FDB is not a safe product.
Just like hay makes some of us sneeze, so will FDB when you
breathe it. Note #2: Do not attempt to snort FDB ;P, although
subsequent sneezing may give you a "high" due to
lightheadedness, current side effects might be that you will
grow fish scales. (just joking silly!)
If you are allergic to FDB
you can try to cover your mouth and nose while feeding and to
wash your hands thoroughly after you are done. It will help.
However in my case it just wasn't enough. hence I had to
switch to frozen bloodworm instead. Geese, the irony is that
one of the best FDB product on the market today (San Francisco
Bay Brand) has a photo of one of my betta on it :)). Maybe
they should have put a photo of me sneezing instead LOL.
Recent surveys suggest that only 1 out of 50 people may be
allergic to this food. So more than likely you are safe. But
if you start sneezing while feeding your bettas, you will know
FDB is not adequate as a
sole food to raise juvenile bettas. Bettas will tend to not
grow as fast, or as big, or as nice.
Having said that, FDB is an
easy, fast and good way to feed your adult betta. Beats the
HECK out of flakes! (If you feed our betta flakes, you should
be shot on sight LOL).
Now in closing, I would like to
say that regardless of how good a food is, it is always best to
OFFER A VARIED DIET to your pets (bettas included). Try
alternating with Freeze dried Brine Shrimp, and now and then, as a
treat, a tiny piece of avocado (yop, bettas like it!), or pea
(take a defrosted frozen pea, take the skin off, cut a tiny piece
with your nail and give it to Mr. Betta) would give some other
needed elements to your fish diet without necessitating you having
to go to the fishstore and spending money. Some bettas might also
eat a tiny piece of lettuce or apple, etc... Please don't start
tossing beef stew, chocolate cake and Chinese left over food in your
betta bowl!! Limit yourself to a tiny piece of above mentioned
natural, healthy veggies.
Last but not least, if you
cannot offer a varied diet to your fish, then consider spending $5
on a small bottle of fish liquid vitamins. Your betta will thank
you for it!
Well kids, all this talk about
food (especially the chocolate cake part LOL) made me hungry, so
excuse me while I quietly slip behind the stage curtains and take
myself to the cafeteria for lunch :).
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- Love it!
Hello! I just want to say that you come up with
great ideas for your website! I didn't really know that was
The first time I saw it, I was thinking
"Where's the sound?" "Oh, duh, BETTAS don't
make no sound." I'm really expecting soon to see you.
Love ya site and your bettacam! Perfect Work! ;D