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Old 10-08-2011, 08:22 PM   #1 
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Question Am I overfeeding my Betta? 15-20 pellets a day??

So I have a female Betta that ive had now for about a month. The Betta food i have says this exactly "Feed as much as Betta will eat in 3 minutes, 3-4 pellets twice a day." My Betta will eat at least 7 per feeding. I originally fed her 4, twice a day but she would "bob" at the top of the tank till i gave her more. She literally eats 7-10 pellets in about 2 minutes, twice a day. Im totally in love with this fish so i would be devastated if she died! Please help!!
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:28 PM   #2 
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What type of pellets are you feeding her, brand? My boys get 4 pellets twice a day since mine are smaller sized. Mine beg for more but I refuse them :) Bettas are piggies and they know how to work a person!
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:31 PM   #3 
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Betta's can eat forever. I mercilessly watched Lakitu eat like 6 frozen bloodworms the first day I got them and he still wanted more!

I would seriously reduce feeding. My bf likes to add extra food bc "it says on the back to feed as much as he'll eat in 3 minutes"... A betta's stomach is about the size of his eye. You do the math!! :P

Over feeding is the cause of a lot more disease and problems than you might think. A little diet won't kill him and it won't harm his love for you :)



Tidbit (bc I'm a geek) : Did you know, if you destroyed the ventromedial hypothalamus in the brain- a rat will eat and eat and eat and never feel full? They made lab rats into round balls this way. (can you imagine Marimo rat balls?!?!)
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:36 PM   #4 
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The pellets r top fin color enhancing Betta bits they r small red and brown pellets. I guess im going to have to learn not to overfeed her, but she really knows how to work it. thanks!!
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Old 10-08-2011, 08:38 PM   #5 
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I'm SO sorry I mis read and called her a "him"!!
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:14 PM   #6 
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i learned a new fact today lol

and yes your are over feding, mine just barely eat 4 pellets each time i feed them lol.
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:29 PM   #7 
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Yeah that's A LOT. I feed around 4-5 pellets a day.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:56 AM   #8 
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No matter what brand, feed no more than 5-6 a day. :)
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:32 AM   #9 
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No matter what brand, feed no more than 5-6 a day. :)
We feed 8 per day here, no issues. There are tiny NLS pellets that are 1/4 of the size of the pellets I feed, a betta would starve on 6 of those a day O_o
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No matter what brand, feed no more than 5-6 a day. :)
the brand and type does matter .. as pellet size varies depending on what brand and food it is .. NLS betta formula pellets is considerably smaller then NLS thera+a formula .. even if they are the same brand .. the pellet sizes are different .. and both of those foods are smaller then hikari bio gold pellets ..

15-20 pellets a day is definitely too much for a normal sized female betta .. unless she is a giant or a king

now that she's used to being fed so much .. her stomach has expanded .. i would recommend to slowly lower the amount (1-2 pellets less each feeding for 2-3 days .. then lower 1-2 pellets again for 2-3 days) .. instead of just suddenly changing reducing her food .. i don't know if females ever tail bite .. but if i changed my boy mystique's feeding schedule .. he stresses out and bites his tail T_T
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