All Bettas love live food. However, feeding your Betta pet freeze dried food is much more convenient and cost-effective. Pet stores sell specialty foods and Food for Bettas. Try mixing your pet Bettas foods and supplement them with alternatives. Don’t just feed them the same food over and over again. They will require alternatives to supplement and make-up their daily staple food. You should always try and supplement their meal time with freeze-dried mosquito larvae (e.g. known as “bloodworms”) or natural brine shrimp.
Betta Fish Live Food
“Mosquito larvae” is considered the Bettas natural and very digestable food. Also, “red mosquito larvae” known as “bloodworms.” Bettas just love to feed on live “brown worms” and Bettas go wild on bloodworms. However, these live foods are really notorious for carrying disease and bacteria. This also applies to many other types of live foods. If you wish to feed your Betta pet live worms, be certain to wash the worms in clean water and thoroughly. You should never give your Betta pet worms taken from your garden or worms you have caught in the wild because you are taking a big risk as these worms almost always carry harmful pesticides. Side point: Inexpensive Brine shrimp is also a favorite food of Bettas. You can feed Brine shrimp to your Betta as an occasional treat but keep in mind only feed it in moderation. You can feed your Betta pet freeze dried brine shrimp or you you so desire you can hatch them yourself from accumulated eggs.
Betta Fish Frozen Food
For Bettas frozen food is a safer bet than say live food, as there’s less likelihood of catching disease and even fin rot. But its still not as easy and friendly to use as freeze-dried.
Most Bettas can go a day or two without eating anything at all. So, you shouldn’t worry about leaving your Betta pet for the weekend. But if you intend to be away for a much longer period, then be sure to have a friend or relative stop by and feed your Betta pet.
A good alternative is to purchase a time-release fish food block (and/or an automatic fish feeder) from your local pet store. If you decide to go this route then make sure that the Betta’se water is clean and ok. If you are intending to be away for several days and wish to use a slow release food block it’s probably a good idea to replace all of the water with fresh water.
Your Betta’s Digestive Tract
If your tank is much smaller than say 5 gallons you should consider cleaning it before you plan your weekend away. As we’ve mentioned before it’s also a good idea to clean your tank or bowl at least once every week.
Side point: It’s good practice to allow your Betta to fast by skipping a day of feeding say once every week. Why? Because it will allow your Betta fish’s digestive tract sufficient time to recover and clean itself out on the inside.
Note: Bettas tend to stop feeding on dried or frozen food once their satisfied and full. However, they’ll continue to gorge themselves as long as there’s live food in their aquarium. So, don’t overfeed your Bettas with live food or they will quite literally eat themselves until they actually die. If you notice that your Betta fish has developed a paunchy look and/or a swollen belly, this is an indicator that you’re overfeeding your pet Betta.
What Betta Fish Eat?
What are the foods that Bettas… love the most? We’ll list them below but first… one thing that you should keep in mind is: “It’s best if Bettas eat a variety of foods”. Foods which we’ll call “Prepared foods”. Things like freeze dried foods, frozen foods and even live foods. However, one thing that all fish owners quickly learn is Bettas are finicky eaters. It’s like the old saying: “One Mans Food Is Another Mans Poison!”.
This holds true when it comes to Bettas as well. Food that you give to one of your fish will be consumed as quickly as you place it in the tank. However, give the same food to another Betta and he’ll spit it out just as quickly! So, what type of foods do pretty much all Bettas love? Let’s find out below.
Some Known Favorites of Bettas
Freeze Dried Bloodworms. This food is liked by almost all Bettas. And it has a lesser chance of being infected by parasites say than freeze dried grub.
Here’s another favorite… live baby guppy fish. Bettas oftentimes go wild when you feed them guppies. Then there’s specialty foods just for Betta fish. One excellent food you can easily find at your local pet store is: “Hikari Betta Bio Gold” Bettas also love the stuff! And its great nutrition for them too!
Frozen food which includes Bloodworms and “Brine Shrimp” is another favorite of almost all Bettas. You can use a little dixie cup to thaw-out the frozen food but, make sure that you use fresh tank water which is the best. How many Bloodworms should you feed you pet Betta? Usually about three to four per feeding is about the right amount.
Different Styles Of Fish Food
“Mosquito larvae” is another food which Bettas seem to love. They’ll even thrash about trying to devour all that they can! But the bottom line is (when it comes to feeding)… finding out just what your pet Betta loves the most, and serving it up as the main meal.
Luckily feeding bettas comes down to offering them what they’ll eat. So, you can see that Bettas love lots of different types of foods, and what one Betta will eat another Betta may turn his nose up at! Try a few different styles of fish food, and it won’t take you very long to work out which food is the favorite of your pet Betta.
Just remember that a Bettas stomach is tiny and usually no more than the size of its eye. In some instances, it holds true that a Bettas eyes are bigger than their stomach! So, you should keep this in mind at feeding time. Also, try and limit the amount of fish food that you feed you pet Betta fish.
Must Have Betta Fish Supplies List
1. You will need at a minimum a 2 gallon or larger aquarium container. But 2 gallons is the absolute bare minimum. You should even consider a 5 gallon container.
2. Proper water treatment for your betta. It’s not advisable to place your pet betta in straight tap water. Plus, it can get really costly if you are constantly buying betta water from your local pet shop.
3. Proper and adequate fish food. The best for a betta fish is either typically freeze dried or brine shrimp, freeze dried bloodworms and/or smaller floating fish pellets made especially for betta fish.
Also, flake food made especially for betta fish will also do well for a supplement food. However, you should make certain that it contains at the very least around 40 percent in protein. Betta’s usually only consume around 3 to 4 smaller pieces of flake food a day.
Just remember that one or two ounces of fish pellets will usually last quite a bit longer. The best though, is to buy several types of food to give your pet betta an all round nutrient supply of food.
4. Adequate Heat. When you have an adequate size aquarium tank, good size bowl or container you should invest in a traditional aquarium heater has been tested and is a submersible and non-breakable type.
Betta Supplies That are Optional
1. Fine tank gravel. Pea sized gravel in most cases is too large especially for smaller containers. It has been know that betta fish oftentimes can get their heads stuck in bigger tank gravel especially whenit’s marble size. Also, please keep in mind that the bigger the tank gravel, the more fish waste it is going to hold. This in turn will dirty your tank up much quicker.
Nevertheless, smaller or finer grained type gravel is much harder to locate even from a local pet shop. However after saying that, it is much better in your bowl or tank in the long term. Try to purcahse gravel that is no-wider than say half a pen thinkness in width. It’s also a good idea to buy 2 bags of fish tank gravel. You should strive to get about 10lbs worth to compliment a 5 gallon size tank.
2. What types of plants are best – plastic or real? Java moss and java ferns are usually much more expensive to buy than a lot of other other plants, but unless the tank or container you’re using requires special type of lighting, simply purchase the lowest type lighting that requires ordinary plants you can find at most pet shops. Always keep in mind that eventually your plants will die and decompose, and you will need to clean out the tank at least a few times until you have removed all of the dead plant matter.
3. Alternative Food Types. Freeze dried and brine shrimp. Floating fish pellets and especially developed fish flake food.
4. Proper Water testing kit (pH and ammonia test kits) If you’re using only a smaller container, you can generally skip purchasing an ammonia test kit.The idea is… if you are not sure about the ammonia content of your fish container, simply change the water. On the other hand, if you decide that you want to breed betta fish, you should think about buying a water hardness kit.
5. Aquarium Tank Filters. You will only need a filter if you intend setting-up a community fish tank. Small betta fish bowls do not need them. Why? Because most good owner’s change the bowl water every few days.
But if you do feel like you need to get a water filter, then start by looking at buying a smaller “over the side” hanging filter. With any filter of course, you will need to watch the power setting because too much power and you could blow your betta fish away in a strong water current.
6. Cleaning Animals. When you use a small bowl say only 2 gallons, all you will need is a snail. But if your bowl is around 3 to 5 gallons in size then there should be sufficient room for a small, very mellow-like tiny catfish. When you have “cleaning animals” in your tank or bowl you will also require some plant life as well. This will help to cut down on the build up of algae in the tank. However, it’s a lovely addition to any bowl or tank but it’s not really necessary at all. Expect to pay around $2.00 for a snail and about $7.00 for suitable catfish.