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Thread: Is my betta getting enough food?
06-11-2013, 10:11 PM #1
Is my betta getting enough food?
My Betta is in a community tank (has been for around 5 - 6 months now) and he is fine with the other fish, however I noticed after I have fed the fish he seems to get in a bad mood and will chase my Gold Mountain Cloud Minnows (he used to chase my Pentazona Barbs but he doesnt bother them anymore). Im wondering if he does this because im not feeding him enough? I give him betta pellets, around 7 or 8 once a day.
27 Gallon planted: Super Dragon Betta, Neon Tetras, Honey Gourami, Rummy Nose Tetra, Checker barbs, Bolivian Ram, Otocinclus, Amano shrimp, Assassin snails.
75 Gallon Reef: Ocellaris Clownfish pair, Firefish, Royal Gramma, Bangaii Cardinal, Midas Blenny, Coral Beauty Angelfish, Cleaner Shrimp, 18+ crabs and snails
06-11-2013, 10:16 PM #2
I think it is just because something about the other fish is triggering him to get nippy. If no one is beating him up and he isn't beating them up I would think things are ok. Watch him eat and see if he is getting all his food or if someone else has their nose in his meal. After 5 or 6 months of doing this, and he is still fine, I would think he is getting plenty of food. He isn't skinny sickly right?When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!
06-12-2013, 11:28 AM #3
You are certainly feeding him enough. Watch his behavior with the other fish, is he "charging" but not attacking them, just masculinely chasing them away? That is typical Betta behavior. In effect, showing them who's boss. If he just darts at them, but leaves them alone, I'm pretty certain you have nothing to worry about. This occurs after feeding time, because he is roused up and on alert.2 10 gallon tanks, 1 20 gallon tank, 1 Fluval Edge, 1 29 gallon tank, and one backyard pond.