3 years ago #1
guppylover
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I have betta food and that is what I feed the bettas. But could they eat tropical fish flake foods, too? And can tropical fish eat betta food?(I know these are silly questions but I just thought I would ask)
Guppylover

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3 years ago #2
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Yes they can. Bettas and other fish also like frozen (but well thawed) brine shrimp and blood worms.

In the last decade or so, lots of specialty foods have entered the market, and they are probably very good for their stated purpose. Earlier, fish foods were formulated mostly for omnivores (fish that eat both meat and vegetables).

As always, it's a good idea to read the label to make sure the selected staple food provides complete nutrition for your fish. Any supplements or treats come after that.

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3 years ago #3
rancon
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Bettas are carnivores. They will not eat food containing vegetation. Check the ingredients label to see if a betta will eat the tropical fish food. I often feed my betta pillbugs. Agonizing decapitation and amputation of pillbugs. They will eat small crickets, moths, dried worms, and sometimes, ants! They prefer it if the food is moving. Bettas will also eat mosquito larvae. Bettas sometimes flare at odd foods.

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3 years ago #4
Abc123
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Yes. This is fine. But if your Betta's don't eat the tropical fish food, then go back to their regular food. Same with your tropical fish. It's fine to give it a try...

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3 years ago #5
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I alternate food types for my 3 bettas. I feed them sparingly twice a day, I try to fast them once a week *hard to do.* I give: pellets (soaked), flakes (tropical), freeze dried shrimp, freeze dried blood worms. They do seem to like the flakes...I don't obviously give them all options a day, and I do from time to time give them a little pea portion...even people on Adkins incorporate vegetables...and 2 out of 3 really seem to like it. I'm not sure if you are supposed to but I once gave them a tiny piece of broccoli tip after I steamed some...they all liked it!

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3 years ago #6
GottaLuvDaFish
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I fed my platys and guppies and corry cats betta food for 3 weeks before I got actual tropical fish flake food, and to be honest, I think that they liked the betta flakes better than the food they have now! I am not sure about the betta eating tropical fish flakes, and I am not inclined to find out since my male betta is carring for fry (they hatched today, they are my first spawning, and Im so exited!)and my female is a VERY picky eater and won't even eat betta flakes.

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3 years ago #7
connor mckenning
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hotty boy

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3 years ago #8
Rancon
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Nice, my betta isn't doing so hot. Congrats on the babies!ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ

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2 years ago #9
babyfishman
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YES THEY CAN ONE TIME I RAN OUT OF BETTA FOOD AND I STARTED TO FEED THEM TROPICAL FOOD AND THEY EAT IT EVERY DAY.

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2 years ago #10
momtoangel
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Anytime I see someone ask what they should feed their Bettas, I jump on the chance to tell them to go to Petco and get the NEW LIFE SPECTRUM BETTA FORMULA. It's a very tiny pellet (unlike the honking big pellets of the "other" brands - which my Bettas would not eat!). I can almost guarantee you 100% that your Betta will practically jump out of the water for this food! I also give mine a treat of frozen bloodworms 1x week.

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2 years ago #11
Fishy love
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You sound like someone from a commercial.

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2 years ago #12
momtoangel
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Didn't mean to sound "commercial", but after my bettas wouldn't eat anything I tried, someone told me about the NLS and it worked. Just thought if there were others out there who were having trouble with feeding, I would give a suggestion.

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2 years ago #13
Fishy love
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It's okay, I'm pretty enthusiastic too!

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2 years ago #14
JOHNTANKED
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HI, I only feed, MICROWORMS, and my babys are really growing fast, now 4 wks old, Iv started occasionally feeding CRUSHED fish flakes,once a week, Il start with one feed a week oF BRINESHRIMPS, SOON, You must be very carefull feeding brine shrimp, as I cause swim bladder disorders, if fed to much.

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2 years ago #15
GarryJ
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Hi JohnTanked
Just to let you know this topic's last post was 2 month's ago, and It started a year ago. You can see time of last post in top right corner of reply.

If you knew this and wanted to reply anyway, I apologise.
Cheers.
Garry

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2 years ago #16
JOHNTANKED
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THX MATE

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2 years ago #17
njnolan1
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I feed my betta as well as my other fish NLS small fish formula. They both seem to enjoy it.

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2 years ago #18
clairefoote
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yes but you really should read on the back how much to give your betta and read on the label for what kind of fish should have this food.

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2 years ago #19
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2 years ago #20
njnolan1
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I understand people don't like answering old questions because the original op probably already figured it out or got the answers he wanted. The reason I answer old post has to with google. These old posts still pop up on google so I'm assuming people who google these questions may still want some more clarification, updated information or something else.

I do feed mine NLS small fish formula, blood worms and sometimes zoo med frog granules since my frogs never get a chance to eat them anyway. She also scavenges the floor for baby snail like it's nobody's business!

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2 years ago #21
Christi
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True, but you have already answered this post 4 months ago. Unless a person has something profound to say or can offer up a different point or perspective, posting on old threads where the question has been clearly resolved is frowned upon.

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2 years ago #22
njnolan1
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Four months later I get an email... I reread what I wrote and felt I wanted expand my answer. Guess I could have just edited my original post. Other forums I frequent don't allow you to edit after a specified amount of time so I didn't even think to check.

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1 year ago #23
resa
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BETTAS CAN EAT FLAKE FOODS HOWEVER IT CAN BLOAT THEM IF THAT'S THE ONLY FOOD YOU FEED THEM. YES I'M NEW HERE HOWEVER I HAVE BETTA EXPERIENCE. THE BEST FOOD YOU CAN FEED YOUR BETTA WOULD BE SMALL BETTA PELLETS. FREEZE DRIED BLOOD WORMS, FREEZE DRIED BRINE SHRIMP. HOWEVER ITS RECOMMENDED TO ONLY FEED FREEZE DRIED BLOOD WORMS AND BRINE SHRIMP AS A SNACK, FOR HEALTH REASONS. FOR INSTANCE ONLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF THEM ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK. IT'S BEST TO STICK WITH SMALL BETTA PELLETS AS A DAILY DIET. FEED ONLY 3 or 4 PELLETS 2x a day. GOOD LUCK ALSO I SEEM SOMEONE SAY THEY HAVE FED THEIR BETTA WITH ALL THESE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BUGS THAT WOULD BE OK AS A SNACK BUT NOT DAILY. AND NEVER EVER FEED YOUR BETTA ANYTHING YOU HAVE PERSONALLY CAUGHT IN THE WILD. THEY CARRY DISEASES AND BACTERIA ETC. AND CAN MAKE ANY FISH SICK OR EVEN DIE

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1 year ago #24
Christi
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Please do not type in caps, it is seen as yelling in the Internet world and is also against MAC rules.

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1 year ago #25
Guppy InfoGirl
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I agree with johnarthur. My betta uses BettaMin tropical fish food. It has brine shrimp mixed in with it too. He does just fine.

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