Betta Poll Results: What Do You Mainly Feed Your Betta Fish?

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The answers to the last Betta Poll are in: What Do You Mainly Feed Your Betta Fish? Once again our readers have turned to the polls to tell us what they use to nourish their betta fish. This week, readers could select more than once answer and the results taught us that most Nippyfish readers feed their bettas a combination of pellets and flake or freeze dried foods. Only a few of you are opting to incorporate frozen and live foods into your bettas’ diets.

While there are advantages and disadvantages to all types of betta foods I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage our readers to add more frozen and live foods to their betta’s diet. These foods are closer to what your betta would eat naturally, they contain a lot of moisture and are less likely to cause bloating and bettas love the taste. Brine shrimp, tubifex, bloodworms, blackworms, mysis shrimp or beef heart are just a few of the many live and frozen options suitable for your betta.

78% (18 Votes) Commercial Fish Pellets (Like Hikari Bio-Gold or similar)
34% (8 Votes) Commercial Flake Food
56% (13 Votes) Freeze Dried Fish Food
17% (4 Votes) Frozen Fish Foods
2% (2 Votes) Live Food (Brine Shrimp, black worms, tubifex, etc)

This week’s Betta Fish Poll: How many betta fish do you currently own?

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3 Comments for this entry

  1. Anonymous says:

    Though I would like to feed my betta some of the frozen and live foods, my problem is storage. My roomates don’t appreciate frozen critters in the freezer, and I don’t know where or how you store the live ones? I’ve looked online but haven’t been able to find any information on it. Maybe you could give some helpful hints on this. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says:


    I am a new Beta fish owner and I got my fish 2 days ago. I also got some BettaMin flake food for him. When I first fed him, he ate ravenously. I had fed him just a pinchful of flakes. That was the first day I got him. On the second day, I fed him one pinchful in the morning. He ate less that time, and ate slowly. I also fed him during the day, but I left and did not see him eating it. Finally, I fed him that night. He did not eat at all! I came back that morning and some of the food was still there!

    I feed him one pinchful of flake food, two or three times a day.

    Am I feeding him too much? Is he sick???


  3. Phantom says:

    I feed all my bettas (and fish) freeze dried blood worms because I don’t want the diseases and parasites that come with live worms. I have heard too many horror stories about bettas getting sick due to a parasite from live food.

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