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Old 03-03-2008, 10:20 AM   #1 
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feeding betta

I recently got a blue and red fantail betta for the first time and have him in a 1 gallon rectangular tank with 1 ornament, filtration and a light. He seems to be doing fine after 2 weeks. His color has improved and he is lively. We put a mirror near the tank so he can see his reflection.

The pet store we got him at suggested the small bites pellet food and said to feed the betta 6 - 7 pellets every 3 days. But when I got home and read the package it said to feed 1 - 2 pellets once a day.

Which method is better for the fish?
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:00 PM   #2 
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Hey! Welcome to the forum!!
I used to feed mine about 4-5 a day. However I was advised by an expert to feed the fishie as follows:
Your feeding schedule should be determined by your fish. He knows how hungry he is, and when. Feeding once/day is plenty, and what I suggest is 2 - 3 pellets at a time until he turns away. Keep count, this will tell you how many to offer next time. If you do this for a week, by the end of it you'll know exactly how much he wants/needs and you'll have a nice routine worked out for you both.

Hope this helps!
BTW, you should think about getting Fishie a bigger tank like 2.5 gallons or larger!! :D
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:34 PM   #3 
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I feed mine 2 or 3 at a time, twice a day. I do blood worms once a week and flakes once in a while instead of the pellets.
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Old 03-03-2008, 01:43 PM   #4 
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I know you asked what to feed him...but you need to buy a heater. Don't sya the light is enough, because it isn't. During the night the temperature can easily drop 10+ degrees, and that can kill a fish.

Pellets are his staple diet. I feed mine 2-3 pellets twice a day. Once or twice a week, I give him a few bloodworms in addition.
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:11 PM   #5 
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everywhere i look there is different recommendations on how much to feed a betta, am i feeding to much if im feeding 7-8 pellets daily skipping 1 day of feeding out of the week?
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:31 AM   #6 
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You may end up overfeeding him. Sometimes Betas will eat until there tumy explodes
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