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Old 02-18-2013, 01:29 PM   #1 
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How much do you feed your male betta?

Hello everyone!! I have heard a lot of opinions about how much you should feed your betta. I have heard you should fast your betta for a day out of the week. I recently bought a betta and he is extremely active; dashing to-and fro about his 5 gallon tank. I feed him 4-3 pellets 2 times a day and frozen blood worms occasionally. I have not fasted him yet. Since I just bought Peter, I would like to get him on a proper feeding regiment. This thread is for the experienced betta owners, the ones who have had bettas live over 4 years...
My questions are:
How much do you feed your betta?
What do you feed him?
Do you fast him, If so how much times a month?
If he is very active do you feed him more than a shy betta?

Thanks a lot!!!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:23 PM   #2 
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You are right. There are a lot of different opinions. I use Omega One pellets feeding 4 or 5 each morning. I have two bettas at home that I feed every day with no problems, then I have two at work that don't get fed on weekends. All are healthy and active.
It sounds to me like you are already doing right and I wouldn't bother with the fasting thing IMO.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #3 
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I've been feeding mine NLS pellets, 2-3 pellets, twice a day, but now that there are not one but two essentially renewable food sources within my tank (nematodes and molly/platy fry) I only feed him 2-3 pellets just once. On Friday, I replace that meal with one small chunk of frozen blood worms (I chisel off a piece the size of his eye). I fast every Saturday, plus any other day that he may happen to have a full belly (usually the day after a platy or molly gives birth, he typically goes on a fry-gorgefest and gets a pretty full tummy).

He also eats a small bit of the other fishes' flake food (Aqueon Tropical Flakes) but I've learned to feed him his pellets at the same time, "luring" him away from where I put in the flakes, dropping his pellets in slowly, and leading to another corner, like Hansel and Gretel lol. I've started to alternate their food with crunched up algae wafers to offset this issue as well.

ETA- Mine is super active, he is swimming all the time, "stalking" for fry, playing in the currents (dashing back and forth through them) and running his "exercise drills" (he has little patterns he swims through like an obstacle course, he'll do it for hours...). Once he gets an obviously full belly, he usually loses it (assuming he poops, which I rarely ever find, it's a 20 gallon, lots of plants) within 12 hours. His poop, when I do find it, looks normal, red curls.

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Old 02-18-2013, 07:34 PM   #4 
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I feed mine 5 pellets 2x per day for the ones that are at a normal activity level, the 3 I have that are more active get about 7 2x per day. They get a good mix of different foods, New Life Spectrum betta formula, Attison's, and Attisons betta pro. They also get either frozen Bloodworms or live daphnia 1x every other week. I personally dont fast unless they look bloated, which very rarely happens. I just hate feeling hungry so I dont want my betta's to feel that feeling either, and yes, I know how weird that sounds lol.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:37 PM   #5 
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I feed all my bettas (except the females in the community) 3 pellets twice a day. I feed Hikari Bio Gold and I also give them Life Spectrum to eat. Not to mention the bloodworms, daphnia, and baby brine shrimp as treats throughout the week.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:37 PM   #6 
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Sorry if im off topic. But I have my betta in a 2 gallon tank he is very small I would like to know first is there any way to tell my fish's age and second will he grow and if so at what rate and how can I help him grow? Sorry also how can I tell his gender.? Thanks and Thanks to everyone for taking the time to share their knowledge.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:19 AM   #7 
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All mine are fed different.. according to their size, activity, breeding, etc.

Yours seems to be on a good schedule, if you are wanting to fast, I would skip 1 meal a day once or twice a week.. but it's not really needed as long as he is eating a high quality pellet food.

KwL -

There is no way to tell a fish's age - fish continue to grow their whole life, it just slows doing greatly once they get to a certain age. All you can do is guess basically.. pet store bettas tend to be sold anywhere from (on average) 3 months of age to a year - but usually closer to the 3-5 months. Some will be bigger than others, it all depends on the breeder - what the fish ate as fry and juvies, how long they stayed in the grow out tanks, warmth of water, etc etc. So you can have a runt, or one that is really large for it's age. Just no true way to age any fish precisely.

The rate will depend on what you feed him, how much, water change and warmth of the tank - high quality food (good pellets such as Omega One, New Life Spectrum.. frozen foods such as blood worms, brine shrimp, etc.. live foods such as mosquito larvae and daphnia) will help him grow quite a bit.
Good, clean water will also help him grow up quicker and healthier - weekly water changes with a good water conditioner will help with that.
And make sure he is kept warm with a heater - a 25w heater will keep him at the appropriate temp. Cooler water will slow down his metabolism, which will cause him not to eat as much and in turn slow down his growth.

As for gender.. the long finned varieties (halfmoons, veiltails, crowntails, etc) will have longer fins on the males, and females will have short fins.
Plakat males will have short fins as well as the females having short fins - you will want to look at the ventrals (the 2 long skinny fins by the stomach), the males will have longer ventrals, the females will have a shorter, stubbier ones.

You say he is very small - did you purchase a Petco baby betta? If so, their care is a bit different than an adult.

Examples of males/female - the male has the longer fins.. the very bottom picture is of a plakat male, notice the longer ventrals that you don't see on the female.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #8 
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Many Thanx

Great info. Thank you so much for taking the time...
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:23 PM   #9 
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Hello! I feed all my bettas a mixture of freeze-dried bloodworms, daphnia, mysis, crushed krill, brine shrimp, and flakes. I mixed it all in a zip-lock bag, and serve Neil(m), Chappy(f), and Blind Willie(m) one pinch each, twice a day, every day. They all finish their food in a minute! :)

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Old 02-21-2013, 08:19 AM   #10 
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Would you know if Aqueon makes quality betta food or should I toss this and buy something more healthy
Many Thnx
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