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Old 01-11-2010, 12:03 PM   #1 
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How Much and How Often Do You Feed Your Betta?

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My betta just started eating pellets which he had refused when I first got him. I'm just wondering how much you all feed your bettas so I can make a good guess as to how much I should give him. This morning I gave him 4 pellets and he ate them in seconds. I wasn't sure if I should give him more today or not.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:13 PM   #2 
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You should feed him 4-6 pellets per day broken up into two feedings, so 2-3 pellets per feeding, and fast him one day a week. What I do is feed 2 pellets in the morning, 3 at night, and Sunday is my fasting day. For a little variety, I also will substitute an evening feeding with frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, or Daphnia once or twice a week. Hope that helps :)
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:23 PM   #3 
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I agree with Dragonfish. I feed mine 3 or 4 pellets a day and I fast mine once a week also because it's good for their digestive systems.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:30 PM   #4 
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A good guideline to remember is that a betta's stomach is roughly the size of its eye. You may also find that as bettas get older they will gain about 1/2" in length and seem to be able to handle more pellets.

That being said you can also estimate hwo much your betta needs based on his metabolism, for instance a betta living in an unheated bowl may only need 2 pellets per day while a betta living in a heated tank with a stong filter current may need 6 or even 7.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:46 PM   #5 
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I did notice that betta is bigger than when I first got him. I've had him since early November and he is in a 5 gallon heated and filtered aquarium. I'd say he's fairly active especially in the morning so I'm thinking 4-5 might be good to start. I'm really glad that he is eating the pellets now as the flakes were kind of messy for him and would sink - and it seems bettas don't eat off the bottom.
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:29 PM   #6 
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Yeah flakes drive me nuts to no end... I am a huge fan of pellets.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:59 PM   #7 
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Sushi (my large betta) gets about 4-6 (Depending on how fast he decides to swim :P) and Surimi gets 3-4 a day. ( he is about .75 inches smaller)
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Old 01-11-2010, 06:52 PM   #8 
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All mine get 2 pellets twice a day, daphnia, bloodworms and brine shrimp once a week. They also get fasted once a week.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:04 PM   #9 
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Mine get 4 twice a day.. I tried feeding less but they don't tolerate it.. then the pouting and tailbiting starts. I don't do a fast day unless I'm about to go out of town.. again the tailbiting. I never have problems with constipation or fat fish so I just keep feeding them 4 a day. But my pellets are tiny so it really only adds up to like 2 regular sized pellets for each meal.

Lately I've been switching it up bc I got a sample of the tetra flakes so they get flakes in the morning, pellets at night, once a week they get freeze dried blood worms instead of pellets and I'm also starting to feed them live brine shrimp once a week.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:22 PM   #10 
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We feed our bettas about 5 pellets 1x a day every day except Sunday (when they fast).
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