How to Feed a Betta the Best Betta Food

Orange Halfmoon Betta © 2007 Daniella Vereeken

If you house a Betta fish, feeding your little friend a proper diet should be a priority for you. You see, many things can happen if you don’t. Polluted water, disease, constipation, starvation, abdominal bloating, and even death, are a few things you may run into.

Now, we know, if you’re new to the hobby, you may not know exactly what we mean when we say “a proper diet”, and that’s exactly why we’ve designed this page. To start off, we’ll explain the four basic rules of feeding Betta fish, then we’ll get into specific detail about which foods we consider to be the best betta foods.

Let’s just jump right into it, shall we?


4 Basic Rules of Feeding Betta Fish

Rule 1: Feed your Betta fish 1-2 times per day, but not everyday of the week.

For one day each week, it’s best to not feed your Betta fish. This gives their digestive system a chance to rest and clear out any blockages that may be forming.

Rule 2: Never over-feed your Betta fish.

Fish are just like dogs, they will continue to eat and eat if there is food infront of them. The important thing to realize is that a Betta’s stomach is only about as big as their eyeball, so you really have to control your portion sizes. If you feed them too much, they may over-eat, leading to obesity a long list of illnesses. And if they don’t end up eating everything that you put into the tank, it’ll decompose, polluting the water, and producing ammonia, therefore altering the chemistry of the tank’s water, leading to a need for a water change or more illnesses.

Rule 3: Feed your Betta fish different forms, brands, and products until you find the ones that your particular Betta enjoys.

It may sound funny, but when it comes to food, fish have preferences, just like humans. So don’t be afraid to experiment with new foods.

Rule 4: Feed your Betta fish a variety of foods and food forms.

You shouldn’t just feed your Betta the same food for every meal day-after-day. By doing that, your Betta fish is bound to become nutritionally deficient. We find it best to feed Bettas a flake or pellet food for every feeding, except two. For two of the feedings throughout each week, feed them a live, frozen, or freeze-dried food, or even just a different flake or pellet.


What’s the Best Betta Food?

When it comes to picking out a food for your Betta’s diet, you should understand that there are five different types of food, and each type has it’s own “best foods” within it – there are the best foods in pellet form and the best foods in flake form. For your convenience, we’ve listed below the five different types of food. To see what we consider to be the best foods for that type, why we consider them to be the best, and some other useful information, just select a type from the list below.


Best Pellets & Flakes

  • Nutrafin Max Betta Flakes

  • Ocean Nutrition Betta Pellets

  • Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets

Best Freeze-Dried Foods

Frozen Food

Live Foods