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If you’re wondering what betta fish food, or how much and how often, you’re not alone. Surprisingly this is one of the most frequent questions when it comes to first-time betta keeping, and overfeeding is very common! To further complicate things, it’s not always wise to rely on the information from pet stores or on the food product labels either.
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Fish pellet or flake food containers often say “Feed what your fish will eat in 5 minutes or until he stops eating.” This DOES NOT apply to bettas. In the wild their instinct is to eat as much as possible because they don’t know when their next meal is coming. In a tank, however, we DO know when their next meal is coming. It is up to us to not overfeed our fish. Overfeeding can lead to problems and illness not to mention obesity. Your trusted source for How Much Should I Feed My Betta Fish videos and the latest top stories in world.
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Photo provided by FlickrSherman is a Crowntail male betta. Frank is a halfmoon male betta. I have some concerns regarding feeding: I don't know how much to feed my fish.
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What, how much, and when you feed your betta fish are all important things to keep in mind and they are all necessary for maintaining a healthy and happy fish. As long as you follow all of our betta fish feeding tips we guarantee that you will have a good looking and satisfied pet.Did you know that a betta’s stomach is roughly the size of it’s eye? That comparison is really good to keep in mind when its feeding time. Over feeding your betta fish is never good in any situation. Most bettas actually do know when too much is too much though, and will stop eating when full. However, this is not always the case, and can vary between feedings of the same betta.First let me say this: Yes, betta fish are little piggies who, if given the chance, will eat until they are fat and bloated. This is because they are programmed to eat when food is available. They don’t know when the next little mosquito larvae will wiggle their way on by. Any book or website that tells you to feed your betta whatever he can eat in 2, 3 or 5 minutes (the advice varies) has probably never owned a Siamese Fighting Fish. You’d be shocked at what a hungry betta can put down in 2 minutes.

That said, a few pellets per week or even 2 per day is not a sustainable diet. Most betta fish care websites (including this one) will recommend you an amount equal to the size of his eyeball, twice per day. This has usually been pretty solid advice because it means a smaller sized betta will eat less than a full grown betta. The problem with this advice, however, is that people still have a hard time gauging how much to feed. “Is it a portion the size of the visible eyeball or the entire eyeball?”Betta fish can and will often over eat. Like most fish, they will continue eating if allowed, so as a general rule, feed lightly at first and gauge how much your fish will eat at one feeding. A betta will need no more than a very small pinch of food. You do not want to overfeed because this can lead to digestion problems and polluted water.Overfeeding pretty much any living thing is generally not a recommended practice, and can cause many of the same problems as what happens when you personally over eat. How do you feel after overindulging? Betta fish get bloated too. Bettas can also get constipated. In the betta world though, these issues can be more than uncomfortable. Betta bloating and constipation can quite easily be very deadly. Apologies for the gloom and doom betta talk but, these are serious conditions with possibly morbid outcomes.How much to feed your betta fish can depend on their individual activity level, but 2-3 pellets 1-2 times daily is a safe amount. Get in the habit of sticking to a regular feeding schedule so that you don’t forget whether or not you fed them.