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If your Betta has tankmates, ensure they are fed in a different area of the tank than your Betta fish. You want to ensure everyone gets their food. Pay special attention to the social situation at feeding time, if more aggressive or faster fish are eating all the Betta's food, you may need to barracks your Betta at feeding time, or simply hand feed his food one piece at a time.
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How would you like to eat chicken every day for your entire life? Bettas have been known to tolerate pellets or flake food for a while, but then suddenly stop eating. This is not a symptom of boredom, but extreme stress. Fish and especially Bettas stop eating only when things have gone very wrong. Your Betta's pellets may look good, but they are deficient in vitamins, minerals and can be the cause of malnutrition. Malnutrition will eventually lead to illness. Bettas are healthier when fed a varied diet.
If you are a hobbyist with only one pet Betta fish and are currently feeding pellets now, this is not meant to make you feel bad. There are some situations where feeding pellets is a good option. For example, the Betta fish is your small child's pet, you would have your child count out the number of pellets your fish eats in 3 to 5 minutes and then allow them to feed your fish one pellet at a time. You will need to take some precautions to ensure that these pellets are safe for your fish:
- Feed pellet foods in the morning and frozen or live food in the evening (of vice versa, or alternate days).
- Fast your Betta 1 day out of the week to avoid constipation.
- Ensure you are feeding a high quality pellet food if you must use pellets. I recommend Hikari Betta Bio Gold as a high quality pellet type food.
Frozen foods are probably the most convenient method of providing appropriate nutrition for your Betta fish. Keep frozen food solidly frozen until you are ready to use it. Frozen foods will spoil quickly once thawed. Treat your Betta's food the same way you would treat your children's food. Never refreeze thawed fish food. Some good frozen food choices are:
- Frozen bloodworms
- Frozen brine shrimp
- Frozen daphnia
- Frozen tubifex worms
- Frozen mysis shrimp
- Frozen glass worms
Some Betta enthusiasts actually spoon feed or hand feed their Bettas. This can be a great way to interact more with your fishy friend. The video below is of Mean and Pinchy handfeeding her Betta fish, Indie.