How often and what food should you feed your betta fish?

We are often asked how often to feed betta fish and what food we recommend, this in mind we decided to write a blog article describing what we recommend. Please note, ideally in the best case situation, you would alternate these foods to give them the best nutritional diversity.

Baby pellets

These are particularly made by keeping in mind the nutritional requirements of betta fish. Baby pellets are full of proteins and nutritional ingredients that are needed to maintain good health. They have the right size to fit the tiny mouth of your betta fish. Please note that you need to buy pallets specifically designed for Betta fish.

You need to keep in mind that some pellets significantly expand when they are exposed to water. This will result in bloating and other digestive problems in betta’s stomach. So before feeding betta fish, soak them in water to hydrate the.

Dried food

u are not in favor of feeding live food then freeze-dried foods are an amazing alternative. These foods have been stripped of their moisture and fillers are added to stabilize them. Brine shrimps and freeze-dried bloodworms are just perfect food for your betta fish that are full of proteins and free from parasites that may come with live foods.

Betta fish flakes

These are specifically made for betta fish. Don’t give them other tropical flakes because they don’t have the protein requirements your betta fish needs. The main drawback of flakes is that they tend to sink once they are wet and some bettas don’t like flakes at all.Frozen food

If you want to give some high-quality meaty proteins to your betta fish then incorporate frozen food in their diet. You can get variety of frozen foods including daphnia, brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, bloodworms and tubifex. All these foods will be appreciated by your fish.

Live food

When in wild, betta fish eats insect and insect larvae. You can do the same in the captive environment by feeding them live food.  You can get these live foods from any fish store. Depending on where you live try feeding them a mosquito and watch them snap away at it. If you live in a hot country where mosquitoes are a real pain this can be a very satisfying thing to watch! Revenge is sweet!

Mosquito larvae

Betta fish feeds on mosquito larvae when they are present in the natural habitat. They are hard to find during winter season but during summer and spring they are very active and abundant. Buy a starter culture and harvest them at home or find an online store that carries these larvae in a frozen form.



These are not truly worms but are fly larvae. Bloodworms live in ponds and they are major food source for a wild betta. However for a captive betta fish these should be given as a treat rather than as main food because although these are full in iron but lack amino acids.Wingless fruit flies

You can easily grow wingless fruit flies at home by breeding them in small ponds. Bettas love these fruit flies because they are insectivores. Make sure not to take these flues from nature because there are high chances that they may be carrying diseases that could harm your betta.

Brine Shrimp

These tiny crustaceans contain vitamins, proteins and other important amino acids that are all combined to provide your betta fish with proteins and other important nutrients. You can easily buy a Brine shrimp hatching kit online for very little money. Then just put the brine shrimp eggs in the bubbling incubator and around 16 hours later you have a whole lot of brine shrimps! Just in case you decide to breed bettas, Brine shrimp is also the perfect food for your fry.

Mysis Shrimp

These are another great food option for your betta fish due to their exoskeleton. The external part is full of fiber which helps in the digestion of protein rich foods. These are also packed with moisture and amino acids both are important for a healthy fish.



How often should you feed your betta fish?

When it comes to feeding betta fish, less is more. They don’t require very much food because their stomach is roughly the size of their eye. So if you have an adult betta fish feed it once per day or better still, twice a day but smaller quantities and babies (fry) should be fed twice a day.

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