How Much to Feed a Betta Fish, What Can Betta Fish Eat
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How Much to Feed a Betta Fish, What Can Betta Fish Eat

How much food does a Betta fish need? How to feed a Betta fish? What kind of food is best for a Siamese fighting fish? How often do Betta fish need to be fed. What do Betta fish eat? How long can I leave my Betta fish without feeding it if I am going on holiday? Why is my Betta fish not eating his food?

A common mistake among new owners of Betta fish (also known as Siamese fighting fish) is over feeding. Some fish will over eat, other times the excess food sinks to the bottom of the tank to rot. When fish food rots the tank becomes polluted and needs more frequent cleaning. A polluted tank can make your fish unhealthy, or even stunt its growth (a common problem for goldfish).

Betta fish are carnivores, they need proper food for Betta fish. Commercially available Betta fish food comes in pellet form and flake form and is available from most aquarium supply stores. Most Betta fish prefer the Betta pellets fish food rather than the flakes, however when you purchase your fish you may want to buy the same food that it is already use to eating and stick with that. Note that your fish might not want to eat on the day it is purchased. If a Betta fish was purchased from a breeder it might be use to eating live food and might not eat pellets.

As a rule of thumb a Betta fish's stomach is roughly the size of its eye.

©by author, note this fish does not have a rounded belly, which would indicate being overfed.

Some people feed their Betta fish once a day, other people feed their fish every second day.

If you decide to feed your fish once a day, it may eat between 1 and 4 pellets per day, depending on the size of the fish. If you are feeding every second day you will want to give 2 to 6 pellets per day, depending on the size of your fish.

Any uneaten pellets should be removed after 2 minutes.

You can also give your Betta fish healthy treats from time to time, such as blood worms, tubifex worms, mosquito larvae, or brine shrimp. Most often these foods come frozen, or “freeze dried”, frozen often being the preferred. Be aware that if you feed live brine shrimp your fish will not know when to stop, so you must not overfeed live brine shrimp. Be cautious when feeding live food as the water it comes in can be contaminated. Never feed any worms from your garden.

Some people will acquire a bit of frozen beef heart and chop it into fine pieces for their fish.

In some cases people prefer to feed their fish a diet of the above mentioned “treats” rather than feeding the store bought pellets.

If you are wanting to breed your Betta fish you will want to feed it a healthy, high protein, diet, consisting mostly of live food such as brine shrimp, or even frozen brine shrimp (thawed first in water taken out of the aquarium, not straight from the tap).

Some keepers have one day a week that they do not feed their fish, instead allowing it to have a chance to clean out its own digestive system. Betta fish can live for a week, or longer, without eating, however this is not the ideal feeding schedule. If you are going on holiday, leaving your fish without food for 3-4 days should be alright.

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I always learn so much from your articles, Brenda.