5 years ago #1
sillysue
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Peas
Why are peas good for Bettas and are any other vegetables good for them? Are we talking regular green sweet peas?

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5 years ago #2
johnarthur
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DK recommends taking the shells off the peas. They have a laxative effect on Bettas.

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5 years ago #3
sillysue
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so the shells have a laxative effect? Or the peas? Should I give albert peas?

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5 years ago #4
johnarthur
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Just the peas. Don't put the shells in the aquarium. I think DK uses frozen peas, boils them a couple of minutes, then removes and discards the shells. Of course, Bettas can't hold very much, so give Prince Albert a small piece of a pea. If he doesn't eat it in a few minutes, you can use a turkey baster to remove it. DK feeds peas once a week as a preventive measure.

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5 years ago #5
dkpate
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Yes, John is correct, I feed them peas once a week.

I boil in the microwave (coffee cup) for 3 minutes, run under cold water, pop the middle out, mush a little, and then feed.

You would probably only need to boil 2 peas for Albert, since he is the only one. Keep in mind that he will not eat 2 of them, but sometimes one pea is a dud. Feed him the same amount as 3 pellets would be, and nothing else. I acually feed all of my fish peas every week, and they gobble them up like candy!

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5 years ago #6
Crissy
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I wonder who was the first person to discover that pea's are good for fish lol That is amazing.

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5 years ago #7
KJP
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Bettas are carnivorous and their stomach has enzymes and structure adapted to eating high protein food (=meat) so that is why the peas and other vegetables have a laxative effect – they cant be digested and get passed through the gut quickly. Peas are the first remedy that should be tried for any swim bladder problems. Or as preventive measure as Dk does. You can also leave one day per week without any food to help constipation. Constipation and swim bladder problems are common among Bettas.

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2 years ago #8
KK
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Peas are bad for Bettas and vegetables too. It ruins there digestive track. DONT FEED IT TO THEm

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2 years ago #9
NEEDBETTAHELPFAST
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What if I have a fish with swim bladder? I fed him a pea... He is at the top struggling and thrashing. He's bloated too, and goes sideways. I have a divider with another male in hopes that he will flare and a bowel movement will be produced. I don't know what to do. He's pretty much hopeless. He's laying sideways motionless right now and idk what to do. HELP ME.

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2 years ago #10
Kristy
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my betta had the same problem, I fed him two peas tonight and not even an hour later he is swimming like normal again! I am in total shock how fast it worked. Just put some of the pea on the end of a toothpick and hold it for him.

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2 years ago #11
CamoaSushi
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Why do you say they bad for Bettas? My Betta loves them and is super healthy. Just wondering.
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1 year ago #12
manicbibliophile
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Hmmm. Someone smarter than I am should look at the crude protein in 3 betta pellets and the percent daily value of protein in 1 pea and see how they compare. I really don't think it's the protein because plenty of vegetables are high in protein. There has to be something else in the meat that helps them bind the protein in their system or something. Pellets aren't solid protein and neither are straight up live blood worms. Every food has a mix of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and sugars.

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1 year ago #13
ankitfishiefan
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All peas does is that it gets the food moving along the digestive tract and prevents blockages....it also removes any air bubbles gulped while the fish feeds, a classic problem with most goldfish. Peas has a lot of fiber and fiber helps food move along in the digestive system

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1 year ago #14
Bettalover22457
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When I saw this post I thought it seemed interesting, because I only feed my Betta a type of Betta food called Bettamin, which has color enhancers, and I thought it would be nice for him to try something new. If anyone can give me any advice on the topic, I would be most thankful.

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1 year ago #15
Bettalover22457
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Oh my gosh, If a Betta is swimming on his side, it means that he is either just not feeling well, or he is sick. It is hard to tell which it is so I would recommend taking your Betta to the vet, and have him checked out.

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1 year ago #16
bettafish9
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People feed there female betta fish peas mostly when there pregnant for a healthy diet because I have a pregnant fish that sits at the bottom of the tank and comes up when I put food in the tank sometimes most of the time I have to push the food down with my finger.

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1 year ago #17
Aquaholic
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Bettas do not get pregnant. An egg laying fish gets gravid, which means the eggs are ready to be released. Too, a proper conditioning diet consists of meaty foods, not vegetables. I will admit that I do not know if breeders feed peas in conjunction with the protein heavy diet.

The best preventative measure for digestive issues is feeding a high quality, easily digestible pellet. I've never had a digestive issue since switching to a new life spectrum diet, and my fish eat their fill at every feeding. I've never fed peas.

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1 year ago #18
Ciara Lynn
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I need help my beta fish can't swim he's bloated in the back but can't get off the bottom of his aquarium I've had him for two month and this started 2 night ago when I came home. Please help I heard peas are good for him but what kind of peas and what part do I give him?

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11 months ago #19
Sasha
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Should I feed my Betta fish frozen peas, baby peas, room temperature peas, or warm peas.

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11 months ago #20
Nazira03
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Sasha, please do not post on old threads. If you have a question post a new thread.

As for your question, feed your betta de-shelled room temperature peas.

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