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Feeding Bettas

Written by Mary Woods

Knowing the right way to feed your betta is fundamental, because not doing it right can have big consequences on your better health. Nothing is more stressful than dealing with a sick fish? Let’s do it right, and get rid from the calamity!
Here are some golden rules on feeding your betta.
Select the proper food. A betta specific pellet is ok, but frozen and live foods are preferable.
Remember not to leave uneaten food in the Aquarium! Once your betta and rest of the fish is done eating, you must remove all uneaten left over food.
Before dropping the food in the tank, make sure you have his attention. Let him see the food, get it close to his face from the outside of the aquarium, let him check out what it is, and then there you go! The best way is to drop a tiny bit of food– about 6 frozen brine shrimp, watch the bettas eat it all and then look at the belly, if it looks the same as it did before you fed, it’s ok to give them more, but always watch and make sure to make the second portion smaller than the.


Your betta should go for the food right away, but if not, watch where the food sinks, and what the betta does. If more than 15 min he has not eaten the food yet, remove the food. If it is already, then change it, as cloudy water will threaten your betta’s health.
During the pre-spawning period you can feed a wide variety of food, including blackworms, Grindal worms, fruit flies, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae and frozen blood worms (all are life except the frozen blood worms). During this period the adult fish may be fed 4 times per day or more depending on how close the fish are to being placed into the spawning tank.
You can start feeding your betta fry, 5 days after the spawning. Feed the fry several times per day, using a variety of foods (infusoria, boiled egg yolk, baby brine shrimp …) made up of small particles.

A betta specific pellet is ok, but frozen and live foods are preferable. Once your betta and rest of the fish is done eating, you must remove all uneaten left over food. The best way is to drop a tiny bit of food– about 6 frozen brine shrimp, watch the bettas eat it all and then look at the belly, if it looks the same as it did before you fed, it’s ok to give them more, but always watch and make sure to make the second portion smaller than the.
Your betta should go for the food right away, but if not, watch where the food sinks, and what the betta does. If more than 15 min he has not eaten the food yet, remove the food.

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Mary Woods