So, You got your first betta fish, but there’s like a million types of food to choose from which is the best keep reading, as I cover my top favorite foods to keep a betta fish happy and healthy with Best Food for Betta Fish.
Adding here with practical and proven tips to help fish enthusiasts like you and for my first couple of betta fish, I owned I just bought a random jar of betta flakes and fed them the same thing.
I found out from the internet that there were all sorts of goodies, a responsible owner should be feeding their betta fish, so I started buying and trying everything because nothing’s too good for my baby, seriously I think my fish eat way healthier than I do, any way to save you some time and money and refrigerator space let me share with you some yummy nutritious foods that my betta fish, comment your suggestions as well.
Alright first off what in the world do these critters eat in the wild well they’re mainly insectivores only, any old bug that falls into the water as well zooplankton crustaceans, so in the aquarium world that means they mostly prefer protein-rich small-sized floating foods their mouths are scooped upwards and shaped for eating off the surface of the water, and yes they will spit out their food if the pieces are too big, that’s not to say they won’t go after your catfishes sinking algae wafers, because some bettas are like tiny goldfish they’ll just inhale anything vaguely digestible for me, I believe that variety is key there’s no one magical food that contains all the nutrients and minerals a fish needs, however, some betta fish are very picky and may not take to new foods unless you mix them together with their favorite snack and/or if you just don’t feed them for a few days so they get hungry enough to try something else just remember that as you try out some of these new foods.
I’m about to mention make sure to remove any onion foods after about 15 minutes to an hour so that they don’t rot and make the water all toxic, which could be potentially lethal to your betta fish also you want to avoid any messy or microscopic foods if your betta fish is like mine and not bear the thought of having any roommates or cleanup crew.
I tend to stay away from certain flake foods definitely powder foods that are intended for fish fry and wrap a sheet gel food many times these messy foods will get into the substrate and foul up the water faster because your betta can’t find it or reach it okay time for my list of favorites first off let’s talk about prepared foods, sure they’re not exactly the most natural-looking choice but kind of like an all-in-one breakfast smoothie that contains lots of protein and essential vitamins,
Floating betta pellets are my favorite because they’re very clean float at the top of the water for easy access and are great for measuring out exactly how much you want to feed, in case you have to leave instructions for a pet sitter, some people like to pre-soak the pellets to avoid causing bloat in their beneficial, I usually don’t bother a few high-quality brands that are popular right now include, Hikari ocean nutrition northern and new life spectrum for smaller and younger bettas try Hikari pellets because they’re very tiny in comparison to these ocean nutrition pellets, I also have personally don’t appalled to any strict rules like only feed X number of pellets per day, because as you just saw pellets can really range in size and bettas also vary in size and activity level.
Stay tuned to find out my guideline for figuring out how much and how often to feed betta fish, another prepared food I’ve tried is Bloomville bug bites, I like the concept because they’re made out of black soldier fly larvae which is perfect for a little insect opposed, unfortunately, the granules are tiny and sink fairly quick, which is not ideal for most beneficient deter my very food motivated betta named Soundwave, it’s kind of like enrichment for him to hunt for every single morsel, he can find so maybe there’s another brand of insect-based floating foods that someone out there can let me know about the quick note on prepared foods, don’t let them expire it could really get your fish sick and honestly some people say that the foods are the freshest and most new vicious within the first month.
Maybe six months of unpackaging them, I keep mine in the refrigerator and I label them with the date they were opened next up is freeze-dried foods very similar to prepared foods and that they’re dry come in a jar usually and last a long time but the difference is that these are whole foods that are processed a lot less and they’re generally free from bacteria and parasites unlike certain live foods I’ve only bought freeze-dried blood worms so far and fish go crazy for them they flow which is great and they’re like a tasty treat to feed once a week or so other freeze-dried options include tube effects worms brine shrimp Daphnia really anything that’s small enough to fit in their mouth just be careful that the smaller crumbly pieces don’t get the water too dirty,
I really love the next category frozen foods they’re like my second favorite thing to feed fish and would be closer to number one if they could be easily purchased online and didn’t go bad so quickly once you thaw them they usually come in frozen cubes or sheets but for me one cube is way too much food for one feeding ,unless you have other fish to feed so I prefer the frozen sheets so they can break off smaller pieces I’d like to thaw them out in a small plastic container with a lid use a baby spoon to drain out any excess liquid and feed a few worms and then refrigerate the rest for the next few days make sure not to refreeze anything because the food will have bacterial growth on it you also don’t accidentally leave the stuff out on the counter because, it’ll stink to high heaven my favourites are frozen bloodworms brine shrimp and Daphnia there’s also a special brine shrimp that’s been fed spirulina algae which kind of sounds like a good preventative measure against blood or constipation cuz it’s similar to how people often recommend feeding a cooked shelled PE to help get a fish’s digestive system moving again and then we have live foods this should be the perfect choice right it’s the closest thing to what a betta splendens would eat in the wild and provides excellent enrichment ,
so why don’t I feed them as often well two reasons they might be carrying diseases and they’re a hassle to maintain but there are plenty of people who swear by them especially for conditioning a breeding pair or raising baby fries so let’s discuss common suggestions I’ve heard include live black worms micro worms that you can culture flightless fruit flies and even pinhead crickets personally though I’ve only fed brine shrimp because I happen to be raising some baby honey gouramis and even though they’re practically microscopic they swim in these irresistible jerky movements and are great enrichment my betta fish somehow caught every single one even though they’re pity. I’ve also tossed a few shrimp coals in the betta tank, yeah I know I know that might be a little unpalatable for some people but I knew they were disease-free I didn’t want them breeding anymore and soundwave had a good old time chasing them down,
However you’ll be happy to know that in his old age he’s mellowed out a lot and has decided to graciously spare them, for now, okay let’s talk about a very popular question I get how much and how often should I feed my betta fish especially with all these different kinds of foods seriously it’s really easy to overfeed beneficient captivity because they always act hungry and beg for food like the little adorable water puppies they are so I have multiple aquariums to feed as well as multiple humans in my family to cook for so I only got time to feed Soundwave once a day six days a week some people believe that fasting one day we can prevent bloating,
so I’m like sure Sunday’s are a day of rest in fact adult betta fish can go for a week or so without food so no need to get that pet sitter if you’re just gonna be gone for the weekend now I don’t like to go by the quote feed as much as they can eat in two minutes rural because my betta can gorge himself to death in that amount of time so when I first got them I started off feeding like four pellets a day for a week and then increased to five pellets a day the next week and then six pellets the next you see the pattern here if my betta started getting a little in the hefty side where his abdomen wasn’t a smooth slope but rather protruded like a pregnant belly then I backed off by one pellet each week until he reached a healthy weight or you could just skip a feeding or two to help rebalance them a little faster this system works with frozen or freeze-dried foods as well because you can start esstimating about how much volume his daily portion should be and again if he starts getting a rotund just cut back on the amount and you should see immediate results now.
if you have the opposite problem where he’s not eating at all he may be sick so take a closer look at his environment check out any symptoms and maybe get rid of some expired food if you have more questions about betta fish care, enjoy your aquariums with Best Food for Betta Fish.