Hi am a fish newbie. Had a beta from a chain store and even though I knew nothing he did live (and seemed happy--lots of bubble nests!) for 2 years. We constantly fed him garden worms along with pellets because we didn't know better but he seemed to have no trouble with them. He did live in a gallon bowl w/weekly changes. We were clueless about proper h2o care exept for conditioner.
Then I got a new (chain store) female for my daughter. We moved her in slowly but she died right after her first worm. I later found out that betas will overeat fresh foods (she did look bloated and died very quickly).
Determined to do better, I went to a local fish place instead of the chain and found my daughter a beautiful deep red male, very feisty and healthy. He despises and will not eat pellets although I have fed him a termite and he eagerly eats mosquito larvae. I washed them and got them from a reliable bucket.
My question is, how many can he safely eat? How can I balance his diet if he rejects pellets? He is in a gallon bowl but we have ordered an eclipse 6 gallon and a 50 watt heater. Our house gets cold--we heat with coal and there is great temp fluctuation. Is the heater safe in the small tank?
I have read that mosquito larvae may introduce diseases. Any opinions on this if the bucket is clean and I wash them first? I'm afraid to feed him any worms although my first male adored them and ate them whole (small ones)w/out problem. (we don't use chemicals) Any advice? I really like these little guys and want to keep our new one healthy. They have such attitude...