Which would be better? I am getting my next betta soon (my last one died at the ripe old age of seven). I plan on spoiling this one absolutely! It's going to live in a NPT, there are going to be lots of cherry shrimp (enough so that it wouldn't matter if one got hunted lol), the tank is 20-30 gallons. So now to spoil it all the more, I am wondering if it would be good to feed live foods?
If you have a reliable source of clean uncontaminated live food, go for it! That's good for the bettas natural predatory behaviour as well as nutritionally so long as you have enough variety.
Keeping a good pellet food on hand isn't a bad idea though for emergencies. A good on is nutritionally balanced to make sure your betta gets everything he or she needs. That way in one of your live food cultures falls through, you have a back up until its back up and going.
I think a high-quality pellet as the staple with live and frozen to supplement is an excellent balanced diet for a betta.
However, some of my fish only ever get live/frozen foods as they don't take pellets and they are all doing fine. They spawn and raise their fry on a diet predominately consisting of live blackworms so they can't be too lacking in nutrients.
So, question.... (sorry if this is hijacking) if you feed pellets -two types- and want to feed live brine shrimp -maybe as a treat once/twice a week- .... Would the betta still eat the pellets the rest of the week? And is that still a balanced diet?
Wow, seven years... I'm so sorry for your loss... I just lost my ferrets last winter, so I know how you feel :(
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