Betta care: Food

Bettas, especially CTs like Le Bleu, require a little bit more care in terms of water and food. (Well, actually water is more important than the food but it doesn’t mean you just scrimp on it either.)

FD Tubifex, Daphnien, pellets, and bloodworms

While it is preferable that bettas get live food as often as possible, freeze dried (FD) is probably the next best thing (top on the list are frozen foods). Unless of course, you prefer to make your own food cultures and what-not. Bear in mind, breeders actually do this BUT I wasn’t referring to bettas you intend to use for spawning/breeding.

It is good to vary the food being fed to a betta – I move between Tubifex worms, Daphnien (small shrimp-like creatures), bloodworms and pellets. Once in a blue moon, I give Le Bleu some colour enhancer flakes but I have discovered that it’s not really necessary since the pellets (I get them repacked from Irene’s Aquarium near my home – they are actually Hikari betta pellets) contain all they need in terms of protein, vitamins and minerals.

So why the variety? Well, we don’t just each one type of food all the time – animals are the same. Variety is the spice of life and it really does help keep bettas happy.

The usual amount fed varies on how often you feed bettas. If fed twice a day, then give perhaps two to three pellets or whatever it is you’re feeding them with. They shouldn’t overeat as it might cause constipation and swimming issues. I feed my betta once a day – three pellets and two bloodworms/one pinch of either Daphnien or Tubifex. Their bellies should be nicely rounded and not overly bloated – just imagine yourself with an overly huge tummy after a meal. Same principle applies. ^.^

Price tag for food items:
FD Tubifex (6 g): RM6.80
FD Daphnien (10 g): RM14.80
FD Bloodworms (13 g): RM9.80
Pellets: RM2.80

Store all food products in a dry, dark and cool place. If all else fails, dump it in the fridge and use one of those humidity eradicator packs (they come in supplement bottles – I can’t remember what they are called exactly). They should keep for about a year to six months.

Do take note of the smell, texture and colour of the food you feed your betta. If it starts to go bad (mouldy, weird smell and soft), then trash it.

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