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Feeding Betta fish live food | Mosquito larva, Brine Shrimp, and Worms
What do I need to know about feeding Betta fish live food?
Live Mosquito Larva
Betta fish eat a host of wild items in their native Thailand which may not be easily accessible to most Betta hobbyists. And keeping live foods to feed Betta fish will require some work and know how. Remember live things need to be kept alive before you can feed them off to your Bettas. At any rate the most talked about live foods offered to Siamese fighting fish are mosquito larva, worms, and brine shrimp. As you might imagine very few people will have access to live mosquito larva which are found in rice paddies in Thailand. Between the weather and a steady source to collect these from mosquito larva is not an option for most people. However the good news is you can buy artificial mosquito larva which Bettas love. Check out this product called SAKURA Artificial Mosquito Larva for Bettas to learn more about supplementing your Betta diet with this new food. If by chance you do have access to live mosquito larva can be kept up to two weeks in a covered jar in the refrigerator. Be careful to the source of the water. The last thing you don’t want is to bring the wrong bacteria home and introduce it to your Betta fish.
Live Brine Shrimp
Brine shrimp is the perfect food for many tropical fish including Betta fish. For many fish this is the ideal food for young fry during their initial first few months. There are two options when feeding live brine shrimp to your Bettas. You can obviously buy them live from the local pet store or you can hatch and grow them yourself at home. The advantage to hatching your own eggs at home is to cut down on the travel and expense. It’s cheaper to hatch eggs yourself. You can Order San Francisco Bay Brand Brine Shrimp Eggs here with FREE shipping. Make sure you check out this video and learn how easy it is to hatch the eggs. Basically it takes about 12 hours to hatch these guys and you can easily provide live brine shrimp to your Bettas on a weekly basis.
How to Hatch Brine Shrimp Video
Live Black Worms
Live worms are known to incite spawning with Betta fish, killies and other native fishes. Many hobbyists use live worms to also ripen females for breeding. If you are considering feeding live know that you don’t want to feed this stuff daily. Perhaps once or twice a week if that and for purposes of preparing your female for breeding. Black worms are known to transmit parasites to your fish so be careful when buying these. Its good practice to rinse the worms prior to feeding. Worms can be stored in containers and refrigerated. There is a good thread you can read over at Bettafish.com called Warning About Live Black Worms. There is a reference to the Betta Handbook by Robert J. Goldstein discussing gastric distress and sometimes death from Bettas engorging on black worms. Its suggested to cut them into pieces with a razor before feeding. At any rate if you’re not into handling live black worms as an alternative you can go with freeze dried worms. Hikari makes a great product under six bucks, you can Order Hikari Bio-Pure Freeze Dried Blood Worms for Bettas here.