Step 1) Choose A Time That Fits Into Your Daily Routine
Evaluate your daily routine; look for a time where you can give your Betta your attention for approximately 5-10 minutes. This should give you enough time to ensure your Betta is healthy and eating.
You will want to ensure that your Betta is eating all the food and remove anything that is left over.
Watch your Betta for signals. If your Betta is still sleeping when you wake early morning, don’t wake them just for food. Wait until you have been up for a few minutes, take time to view how your Betta is adjusting to your routine, and work the feeding in when it’s best.
Choose one day a week to fast. Usually, I use Sunday, but any day will do. Fasting allows the Betta to clear its digestive system and help with bloating and constipation.
Step 2) How Many Times A Day To Feed Your Betta
The most common is twice per day, however once a day is also okay. Just be sure not to feed them more because you think they are hungry for the rest of the day.
Some people will feed up to three times a day. I would not recommend this. However, if you feel that your betta fish is unique and it’s what they need be sure to spread out the feedings (Very early, noon, very late)
Step 3) How Much To Feed Your Betta
Based on what you decide on steps 1 & 2, your Betta will determine how much it will eat at each feeding. Remember, the size of your Betta’s stomach is only about the size of its eye.
It’s also a good idea to keep track of what, when, and how much your Betta is eating at each feeding. This will help create a schedule that you can follow and organize as it can get confusing with all the different foods and treats your Betta will be eating.
If you feed only 1 time/day, Only feed about 4 pellets at each feeding, never more if you are using bloodworms 3-4 depending on the size.
If You feed 2 times/day, Only feed about 2-3 pellets at each feeding, never more. If you’re using bloodworms, 1-2 depending on the size.
For those that chose 3 times/day Never feed more than 2 pellets at each feeding or 1 bloodworm. Each meal should be small, as you are feeding more frequently.
Step 4) Choose What To Feed Your Betta
Using the list of foods above, decide what foods will be a staple, and what will be treats.
Always start with your staple food, before using treats. If you start with treats, some Betta will start rejecting the pellets and just wait for the treats. To prevent this from happening, use your staple for 2-3 weeks before introducing a treat.
Once your Betta has been eating the staple food, slowly bring in other types of staple foods. Only do this one food at a time as some betta fish are picky and can take up to 30 days to accept a new food.
If your Betta starts to accept the staple foods, start introducing treats the same way. Treats can be used as a replacement for one staple meal a week or as a combination with a staple (half treat, half staple)