Giant Betta Fish Care Focus Feeding and Treat Time
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work for teaching people effective Giant Betta Fish care. In this series of articles, I’m going to be sharing my expertise with you one topic at a time. Basically, I’m going to try and lay out every single gosh darn thing I know about one aspect of caring for the spectacular aquarium fish that is the Betta! I hope you learn lots, and don’t forget to share this article with anyone you think it could help out!
I want to do this first article on the actual feeding of Giant Betta Fish. giant betta fish tank size While it seems like a relatively simple task (and despite the next several hundred words, it really is! ), people generally have a lot of questions about it, so i thought it’d be a good place to start. It’s also worth mentioning, if you didn’t already know, that overfeeding is a huge cause of new Giant Betta Fish owners accidentally killing their finned friends, but we’ll get to some more on that later.
First things first: What do Giant Betta Fish eat?
In the wild, Giant Betta Fish eat small insects on the surface of the water in which they live. The upturned mouth of the Betta, which gives it a large lower lip, is characteristic of a carnivorous fish species.
In captivity, it is very important that Giant Betta Fish receive the same amount of protein they would on their natural diet, which is why other fish foods (like those made for gold fish) are not suitable. There are specially formulated pellets and flakes for Giant Betta Fish and these should make up your fish’s daily diet. I often see Giant Betta Fish care veterans recommend the top Fin brand Betta foods, so these are what I started out with years ago (and still use to this day).
Pellets vs. Flakes
One of the things you’ll have to decide when purchasing Giant Betta Fish food is whether to grab flakes or pellets. I personally use pellets, simply because they are more uniform in size; this means that feeding my fish “two pellets” at meal time will always be about the same amount of food, where as flakes vary in size and can be more difficult to measure. On the flip side, some Betta experts recommend flakes because they are easier for a fish to swallow, which can be helpful when introducing a new Betta to food that’s different than what he was getting at the pet store or breeder you got him from. Nutritionally, pellets and flakes are identical and ultimately the decision is up to you. Luckily, fish food is cheap so if you find yourself having issues with either type you can always grab the other kind for just a few dollars.