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Old 07-03-2013, 01:13 PM   #1 
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Question How much to feed?

Hello! I have a question regarding how much and how often to feed my betta, Jasper. I feed him Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets. I give him 3 a day and fast him one day a week. Is that a good amount? Also would it be better to feed him everything in one sitting or split it up to feed him a smaller amount twice a day. Also, I want to incorporate frozen bloodworms as a treat once a week. How many should I give him and should I give them at the same time as the pellets or wait to let him digest the pellets before feeding him the bloodworms? Thanks in advance for any help!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:08 PM   #2 
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I feed New Life Spectrum. Mine get four or five pellets twice a day. They can only eat four or five at one time.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #3 
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Ok, so then 8-10 a day split up?
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:51 PM   #4 
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I am new to Betta ownership and had the same question you do. Everything I read said only to feed as much as the fish will eat in 5 minutes. So I think this amount depends on the size of the fish, how good of an eater it is, etc.

First of all, I was feeding mine way too much and there was old food at the bottom of the bowl.

What I did was I skipped the day of feeding, then when I did feed them (I have two, in separate bowls) I put two little pellets in at a time. And watched how quickly they ate. Kept giving two at a time until they stopped eating. Which for one was indeed within about 5 minutes, but the other one is just a slower eater. But after 15 minutes I remove the remaining pellets from the water - and they are usually still floating at the top.

I think if you would try this, you will determine the eating pattern of the individual fish.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:40 PM   #5 
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I'm just worried he would over eat because the second I drop a pellet in he downs it. It takes all of 30 seconds to feed him and that's just because I wait a while before giving him another pellet. He could probably eat them all in under ten secs. If I would let him, the little piggy!! And that would be a ton of food in 5 minutes...
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #6 
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I hand feed and drop in one pellet at a time. Usually, after four or five my guys swim away.

Bettas don't fit into the five-minute rule. They eat one piece of food at a time and take time to chew.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:01 PM   #7 
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great info...... I basically drop one pellet in every once in a while
an would bet that the total is around 10 per day.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:46 PM   #8 
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Ok thanks:D makes sense, anyone have advice about the bloodworms?
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:47 PM   #9 
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I use NLS pellets which are smaller than the Omega pellets and I feed 8 - 10 pellets a day splitting it up into two feedings per day. If I accidentally feed too much or I notice he is still stuffed from his last meal I might skip a feeding or two. Omega pellets probably 2 - 3 twice a day is good but I'm not sure how large they are. I think the NLS pellets I feed are 1 millimeter in diameter.

Bloodworms can be fed once or twice a week instead of their normal pellet feeding. I feed 2 or 3 bloodworms to each. Enough to fill them up.
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Old 07-04-2013, 03:49 PM   #10 
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Ok, thank you!! (:
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