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A common question we are asked, is “how often do you feed a betta fish?” Given their tropical nature, like most other warmer tanks, bettas need to be fed at least twice a day. This is especially important considering that many betta fish tend to be overfed, receiving large meals infrequently. Along with inappropriate water temperatures, overfeeding can lead to a very dangerous gastrointestinal condition that can kill your betta.
Remember, when keeping any fish, maintaining optimal temperature for their species is critical. Bettas do best in temperatures between 78-82F (26-28C). Outside of this range, their immune function and digestion may not be operating well, causing gastrointestinal and other health issues. Please do not manipulate your fish tank’s temperature to try and combat any suspected diseases unless directed by a veterinarian. Although changing the temperature may slow the disease progression, you may also weaken your fish’s defenses.
If you are having a hard time maintaining a consistent temperature in your betta tank, you may want to consider a larger tank. There are not great heaters capable of maintaining a singular temperature in a small tank. The larger the tank, the larger the water volume and the more consistent the temperature will be.
How many pellets do I feed my betta fish a meal?
Once you have selected a diet for your betta, it is critical that the container is stored properly and replaced every 6 months. We have NEVER seen a betta actually finish a container of food. Since pellet size varies so widely, it is recommended that you feed the amount of pellets that would theoretically fit inside your fish’s eyeball per meal. This could be as few as 2 or 3, or up to 6 or 7, depending on the brand you choose. You do not need to soak your fish’s pellets prior to feeding. All fish can easily eat dry pellets and soaking only decreases their nutritional content.
How often do you feed a betta fish a day?
Starting with at least two meals a day, provided your tank is at the correct temperature, space your meals at least 6-8 hours apart. You can feed up to four or five meals a day provided they are smaller than eyeball size. Be sure to spread more frequent meals out 2-6 hours apart. This will prevent too much food from being in the intestines at once. Knowing your tank temperature is critical for good betta health. Do not trust your heater to work without checking it. Make sure your tank has a reliable thermometer and always have a spare heater handy.
If you are not available to feed your fish multiple small meals per day, you may want to consider an automatic feeder. This model is recommended since you can pre-measure out exact meals rather than spewing a random collection of food. You are welcome to incorporate treats into your betta’s diet, just keep in mind that these materials are supplemental and will not replace a complete pellet.
How often do you feed a baby betta fish?
Baby fish, along with actively breeding fish, need to be fed more protein and fat than their adult counterparts. Baby bettas, from fry to 4-6 months of age, should be fed food intended for baby fish, not necessarily bettas. Baby fry should be fed 3-5 times per day, very small meals. Depending on the amount of fry in the system, you may need to feed just a few sprinkles or a few heaps.
Learning how often do you feed a betta fish a day is a critical part of keeping your fish healthy.