Betta Feeding - Help!

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Betta Feeding - Help!

Postby jupitersbaby » Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:44 pm

Just become 'mum' to my first betta, but very concerned about feeding him. I've been using frozen bloodworm pods 2-3 times a day (just allowing a small amount to dissolve in the tank water, then giving the rest to my coldwater fish in another aquarium), but the betta seems to miss 90% of the bloodworm - he'll manage to take one or two small pieces, but the rest just float to the bottom and get left there. Is there a better food I cnn give him, that won't be so wasteful? Above all else, I'm very anxious that he's not getting enough to eat!
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Re: Betta Feeding - Help!

Postby Carylnz » Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:54 pm

Flakes are better as they are top feeders. You should never feed a fish bloodworms daily as they are a treat food only for most species.
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Re: Betta Feeding - Help!

Postby Scaley » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:54 pm

Carylnz wrote:You should never feed a fish bloodworms daily as they are a treat food only for most species.


Good morning Carylnz,

I've heard and read this before, but have never known why. Can you explain please?
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Re: Betta Feeding - Help!

Postby Carylnz » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:49 am

They are too rich and too much protein. A bit like feeding a human nothing but prime steak every day and nothing else. Bloodworms will not provide the other nutrients and minerals the fish needs - these are in flake and other dried foods. In some fish, they cause bloat - death.
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Re: Betta Feeding - Help!

Postby Scaley » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:07 am

Thanks for that explanation Carylnz, I appreciate it.
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