An adult betta fish is a low-maintenance pet. Betta fish breathe oxygen from the surface of the water, rather than through gills, so they do not need pumps or filters to keep the water oxygenated. They can survive in a regular fish tank or bowl. Baby betta fish, or betta fry, require a lot more attention in order to raise them to adulthood. An important part of this is feeding them the correct food.
Things You'll Need
- Pestle and mortar
- Freeze-dried blood worms and brine shrimp
- Baby brine shrimp
Leave the father of the baby betta fish in the tank with the fry for one week after they have hatched. The father takes care of the fry for this amount of time and you do not have to feed them. After a week, remove the father and put it back in its own tank.
Feed your baby betta fish egg yolk for the first two weeks after removing the father. Hard-boil an egg in a saucepan of boiling water. Once the egg is hard-boiled, remove the yolk from the center and crumble it to a fine powder. Feed a pea-sized amount three times a day.
Make a suitable food to feed your betta fry to eat after they are three weeks old, at which point you stop feeding them egg yolk. Purchase freeze-dried bloodworms and brine shrimp from your local aquarium supply shop. Crush them to a powder using a pestle and mortar.
Feed about half a teaspoon worth of this powder four times daily, until the fry are six weeks old, at which point you need to start feeding whole baby brine shrimp, still four times a day. These also are available from an aquarium supply shop.
Tips & Warnings
- Leftover food can cloud up the tank. Try to skim out any that you can from the surface. Once your fry reach two weeks old, you can do a 25 percent water change twice per week.
- Male betta fish fight if kept together, so once your fry reach eight weeks, you need to keep them separately.
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