Betta Fish Food: Feeding Betta Fish 0 617

Betta fish food

Feeding the correct betta fish food is, of course, an essential part of betta fish care.

One of the most important elements of keeping any type of aquarium fish fit and healthy is feeding them an appropriate diet and providing for all of their nutritional requirements.

Though it is easy to just buy generic fish pellets or flake fish food to feed all varieties of aquarium fish, different species actually have differing nutritional requirements, and the betta is no exception.

Read on to learn more about betta fish food and find out how to choose the best food for your betta.

About betta fish food

Most tropical freshwater fish are either vegetarians, meaning that they eat only plant matter, or omnivorous, meaning that they can eat both plant and animal matter.

The betta, however, is a carnivorous fish and betta fish food must therefore contain plenty of animal-based protein.

What do bettas eat in the wild?

In their natural habitat, betta fish live in shallow rice paddies in Thailand, and have access to a wide range of live foods.

Natural betta fish food includes aquatic worms, plankton, bugs and insects all make up part of their diet, and as rice paddies are shallow, bettas will often feed close to the surface of the water, picking off insects and aquatic bugs to eat throughout the day.

Betta fish food within the home aquarium

There are many different options available to you when choosing what to feed your bettas. It is, of course, important to feed a food that is designed for bettas’ specific needs in order to allow them to thrive.

Larger aquatic retailers will usually stock a wide range of pre-prepared dried foods such as fish food pellets and flakes, and if possible, you should choose a brand that is specially designed to feed bettas. These are more appropriate to their nutritional requirements than general community tank fish foods that contain different ingredients to meet the various needs of other types of community fish.

You may also wish to consider feeding your bettas live food or fresh frozen food. This can often be bought frozen into individual segments to defrost at home as and when needed to feed your fish.

The best live and frozen foods to feed bettas include mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, bloodworms, tubifex worms, and plankton. It is important to choose your supplier carefully in order to ensure the quality of the live or frozen food, as poor quality live or frozen food may harbor parasites.

Finally, it is worth noting that bettas are relatively picky eaters, so if they are used to eating live or frozen food and you have to feed them pellet or flake food at some point because you run out, you might find that they are reluctant to eat it and would rather wait for a more palatable meal!

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 386

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Photo: Tortoise by snowmentality licensed under Creative commons 2

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 529

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.