Having a Betta is a priced possession in the aquarium world. To keep bettas in your aquarium comes with several responsibilities: water care and feeding it regularly.
The best way to feed your betta fish bloodworms is to put the blood worms in a small cup or container and place some room temperature water in to the cup. Wait until the bloodworms have defrosted then drain the cup and put the worms in your tank.
Your betta’s diet contributes a great percentage to its wellbeing. One of the vital parts of their diet is bloodworms.
Bloodworms are the larvae stage of midge flies. Bloodworms for betta come in three different types:
- Live bloodworms
- Freeze-Dried bloodworms
- Frozen Bloodworms.
Whichever you choose to use is totally dependent on your preference. Let’s briefly explore each of them.
As the name implies, live bloodworms come in their purest natural form. Being alive keeps all their nutrients intact and is very healthy for bettas. Another fantastic thing about them is that they stimulate your betta’s instincts as a hunter. However, they’re quite expensive and they sometimes carry pathogens that are harmful to your betta.
Freeze-dried bloodworms come processed. They are pre-dried and come in cans. They come easy to store and use. They have a really long shelf life, so you don’t have to worry about restocking soon. To use, all you have to do is dip them in water, this enables it to expand back into its original size. A major disadvantage of using freeze-dried bloodworms is that it doesn’t contain any nutrients.
Choosing to feed your betta Frozen bloodworms is one of the best feeding decisions to make. Frozen bloodworms are a great choice between live bloodworms and freeze-dried bloodworms.
This is because, they can be stored up for 6 months, while still keeping their nutrients intact. They are, in fact, very healthy for your betta.
Another amazing fact about the frozen bloodworms is that they do not contain parasites, bacteria. Because freezing kills these parasites. Frozen bloodworms do not cost a fortune and can last for a long time.
So, how do you feed your frozen bloodworms to your betta?
Now, this is the tricky part. You have to be extra careful when feeding your betta with frozen bloodworms. Here are a few tips.
Never throw in cubes of frozen bloodworms
You are supposed to defrost your bloodworms first before feeding it to your betta. To defrost, take a few cups of tank water into a small bowl, put a cube of frozen bloodworms and allow to thaw out.
After that, drain out the water and feed. Do not poor stained from the can into your tank as it is unnecessary and can leave your tank messy.
Note: If you have a small tank, cut the cube in half.
Do not overfeed your Betta
Overfeeding could prove dangerous for your betta as it causes ammonia spikes, constipation, and bladder disease.
While treatable, these diseases may become fatal. It is better to be safe than sorry. It is healthier to feed your betta once or twice a week with a rationing of 1-2 bloodworms a meal.
After defrosting, place one worm on a spoon and lower gently into the tank. To feed fish directly, use tongs or a pipette.
Moderation is key when it comes to feeding bettas. Keeping to the aforementioned steps will ensure your bettas stay healthy and bursting with life.