When it comes to keeping fish in an aquarium, feeding will always part of the routine, making sure that your fish get the nutrients they need to thrive.
Some people are just feeding their fish any random brand and type of fish food; this should not be the case, as different types of fish will have different nutritional requirements. In this case, we are going to look at Betta fish.
There is good news about this type of fish, which is that it can feed on a variety of different types of food. You still have to know which types those are, how often to feed it, and what not to feed it.
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How Much to Feed a Betta Fish?
Feeding the betta fish is crucial, but you have to control the amount. You would not want a lot of your fish food going to waste. Make sure to only feed it the amount of food it can finish within 2 minutes.
Do not be surprised to see that is all the time the betta fish will spend eating. The remaining food in the aquarium will simply go to waste—it will now settle to the bottom of your aquarium and end up rotting there. You can imagine the amount of pollution this could cause in the aquarium water.
With so much food settling at the bottom, you would have to clean the aquarium more often to remove the remnants. Also, the dirty water caused by the remaining food could easily make the fish sick.
Sometimes you might get a betta fish that eats for more than 2 minutes. If you see such a behavior, it means your fish is getting fat.
Yes, do not be surprised to see the fish actually get fatter with time. Check around the belly area to see if it has a bulge. If there is a bulge present, then your fish is definitely overweight.
For those using pellets to feed the fish, simply use 3 pellets at each feeding time to eliminate the wastage of food.
How Often Do You Feed a Betta Fish?
Most of the time you will buy an adult betta fish from the pet store. For such a fish, simply feed it twice per day.
Giving it more food than that would not help the fish but simply go to waste as indicated earlier. The label on the fish food might state that you should feed it more often, but in reality, we know that’s just a gimmick to get you to buy more fish food.
If you end up with a younger betta fish the feeding is still the same, twice per day. The fish is also just like humans—skipping a meal once in a while not bad.
Whenever you skip giving the fish its food, it can help by giving its digestive system a break. Think about how the fish only eats for two minutes and that is it—this shows how small its digestive system is.
A break from feeding also helps the fish to get rid of the toxins from its body before the next meal comes in. You can feed it only once one day, or skip a day and then get back to the routine.
What to Feed a Betta Fish?
The other name for betta fish is Siamese Fighting Fish. The reason is that this fish will attack other types of fish in the aquarium if it sees them as a threat.
With such carnivorous behavior, it is easy to conclude that this fish likes to feed on protein. Below are some of the best betta food types to feed your betta fish.
1. Frozen food such as bloodworms – if you are in a position to get brine shrimp or bloodworms, then it is possible to have them frozen so that the fish can feed on them later on. You will simply have to unfreeze them in small batches when it’s time to feed them to the fish. Although they can be expensive, this food type comes with a lot of energy for the fish.
2. Using live food – the live food in this case could be the bloodworms. You can feed them directly to the fish so that it can enjoy some new proteins. Just make sure that you give the fish the right amount.
3. Feeding the fish with fish flakes – this could be the least expensive food you will ever have to buy for your betta fish. If you want to try this type of food, feed them a few times and watch their reaction first; some reports have shown that the betta fish do not always like the fish flakes.
4. Use betta fish pellets – these are not just any fish pellets, but special ones made specifically for betta fish. It should be easy for you to find this type of food in most pet stores. Most people use it as the staple food for their betta fish, and it actually works great. One thing to note is that these pellets are quite large, so they would sink faster and not be suitable for smaller fish.
5. Freeze-dried foods – your betta would likely see these foods as a treat. From statistics, it appears that betta fish often love to eat this type of food. You will definitely see them eating more of this food type than the others if given the chance.
You should always think carefully about the type of food you will feed a betta fish or any other type of fish. For the betta fish, it is notable that the fish flakes are not its favorite food, so taking the time to choose other food types is a good idea.
Research various options for fish food before you settle on one. Some might not always offer the best nutrients. Food with a lot of filler content is not worth giving to your fish.