Feeding Betta Fish

Ok, so you have brought your new Betta home. Now it’s dinner time. What are you going to do?

You have probably already heard or read that what you feed your Betta fish will have a profound effect on its health and well–being.

But what does that mean exactly? Here are some specifics:

How Much to Feed Betta fish?
Remember that the number one cause of Betta fish illness is contaminated water. Any uneaten food will rot and contribute to bacteria growth in the tank. So the first thing is not to feed your Betta more than what it will eat right away.

If you don’t watch it, your Betta will most likely eat too much. Bettas, left to their own devices, will overeat.

And just as for humans, it’s good for a Betta to not eat anything one day a week.

When to Feed Betta fish?
The best time for feeding your Betta is about an hour before sunset or an hour after sunrise. But if this doesn’t fit with your schedule, pick a time that’s convenient to you and stick with it. Try to feed your fish the same time every day.

What to Feed Betta fish?
Bettas are carnivores. Bettas cannot thrive on a vegetarian diet. The healthiest food for Bettas is called Hikari Bio-Gold. This is the product most often used by Betta breedeers.

Occasionally, feed Betta some frozen Mysis shrimp.

Blood worms should be given rarely.

Daphnia (water fleas) are another treat. You can use it two days per week.

Your Betta will probably also enjoy a little piece of which chicken meat and a cooked and peeler pea.

Bettas need a variety of foods. Research shows that a varied diet builds immune function in Bettas, as well as in any other organizm.

Be sure to remove any uneaten food from the Betta’s tank. Remember – leftover food will produce toxins and ammonia. A contaminated tank is a sure fire way to make your Betta sick.

Be vigilant and maintain the variety, even if your Betta shows a strong preference for one type of food.

How to Feed Your Betta?
Feed your betta by dropping the food with your fingers. Get your Betta used to coming and expecting the food to come from your hand. It’s a great way for you to bond! Bettas are not bottom feeders. Thet will come up for food. Your Betta may grab the food and swim away to eat it in one of its hiding spots. Fish often feel threatened when they eat, even if there are no other Bettas in the aquarium.