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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Just wondering; are there any types of live/fresh food you can feed your betta? Any veggies? Or is it best to just stick with pellets/flakes/worms? Thank you.
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You can raise your own live food, people raise things like grindal worms, vinegar eels, and brine shrimp. I've also heard of people setting containers of water outside for mosquitoes to breed in, they then get the larvae out the water and feed them to their betta. If you do the last please do not let the larvae turn into mosquitoes!

Another option is to feed a variety of frozen foods, like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, blood worms, and daphnia.

Betta are insectivores and have no need of vegges, so don't feed them that.

I rotate between frozen bloodworms, frozen brine shrimp, Fluval Bug Bites, and New Life Spectrum Betta Naturox. Each day they get something different.
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Well Betta are not vegetable eaters, so I don't recommend that for them. Feeding frozen blood worms and brine shrimp is a good idea. just don't over feed. Feeding quality product flake or pellet foods is a lot less hassle, and you can pretty much be sure those foods have all the nutrients they require.
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Thanks. That's what I was wondering about; what I could do for variety. He loves the new pellets I got him. He won't touch tubifex worms. I thought about brine shrimp. I will look into the other foods you mentioned.
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Thanks for all the help. Why do some people feed betta peas? Also, he didn't show much interest in flakes but after I added New Life Spectrum Betta, he perked up big time. After opening it, the dogs came running (they love fish) and the entire room smelled like I was cleaning fish :)
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Thanks for all the help. Why do some people feed betta peas? Also, he didn't show much interest in flakes but after I added New Life Spectrum Betta, he perked up big time. After opening it, the dogs came running (they love fish) and the entire room smelled like I was cleaning fish :)
Some people feed peas when their betta is constipated, since it doesn't digest. The outside skin is discarded before feeding.
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I feed frozen, live and pellets. Make sure you feed at least one food with Spirulina.

From Aquarium Fish Nutrition | Fish Food Information & Aquatic Health

Another note about fish food is what carnivores need. Carnivorous fish often consume whole animals including intestinal contents, which often include plant material. A quality fish food for carnivores must include vegetable matter such as spirulina.

.....Other quality sources of usable amino acids include: Whole fish meal (Whole Menhaden & salmon is best), Cylcops, fish roe, squid meal, and even spirulina algae.

....Spirulina and Blue-Green algae are recognized by the body (fish in particular) as a bacterium, causing an increase in antibodies, which in turn increase disease resistance. Spirulina is also high in usable or digestible amino acids.

Spirulina is probably one of the best fish food ingredients available, INCLUDING for carnivores (as PART of the diet, usually fed via gut loading, more information later in the article).

There is controversy among Betta owners about feeding peas. But before anyone tisk tisks feeding peas for constipation in carnivores note (also from this study):

Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion. This slows digestion. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables. It is also found in psyllium, a common fiber supplement.
Green peas contain 34% Fiber. Of that percentage 25% is Soluble Fiber.


and.....

Fiber acts as a laxative. All fiber is passed. However it has no effect on the ecology of your aquarium.
This is important in prevention and treatment of prolapse in fish.
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Like Russell said. The reason in the use of new life spectrum is it is 100% of all the nutrients that betta need, and the reason for the smell is it's all natural fish, and fish byproducts. That's why the dogs go crazy they think it's fresh fish for them.
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I'm currently feeding the new life spectrum betta. Yes, I like the spirulina idea as it is great for people and fish. Was surprised to see the vegetables included which is why I asked about veggies. Thanks.
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