When trying to pick top quality food for your Betta... do you look at:
- the % guarantee analysis over the ingredients list
- the ingredients list over the % guarantee analysis
I know both are important... but which do you weigh as more important (in terms of making the final decision)? And why?
I ask this because I know New Life Spectrum (NLS), Omega One, Atison for example... are the popular brands for Betta fish (since I keep seeing it mentioned as a highly regarded + recommended brand).
So I went to go find and purchase suggested brands and I looked at their % guarantee analysis and ingredients list and compared to brands that were not recommended or mentioned such as Aquarian, Aqueon, Wardly, etc that had foods designed for Bettas.
Although the ingredients list was better (NLS/Omega One VS Others). The % guarantee analysis was lesser (in terms of protein). So I'm wondering why one would choose ingredients over nutritional value if food is purchased for the sake for having a pet healthy.
ATM, the foods I have for my Betta are:
- Hikari Betta Bio-gold
- Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets
- Nutrafin Max Colour Enhancing Flakes (I tried feeding this and he did eat it)
- Live Flightless Fruitflies (I am going to steer away from feeding worms because it seems like they have a knack for causing potential problems)
Is this a good selection of food?
Is there any others foods I should purchase to make my Betta happy? Should I order some New Life Spectrum and Atison food for him? Or should I save my money? I don't mind spending the money because what will make him happy and healthy which will make me happy.
Is there any nutrition in flightless fruitflies? Is their nutrition based on the media in which they eat? Should I feed these things to him as part of his daily meal plan or just as a treat? I plan on getting a live culture next week for him to have a form of live food that isn't worms.
I have read the following guide: http://www.ultimatebettas.com/index.php?showtopic=6655
and I was wondering if the information in there is outdated or still holds true. Specifically the following:
"Nutritional Analysis: These are the percentages that indicate the nutrient profile of the food. Because bettas are insectivores, you should seek a high protien, low fat food. Fat between 3-8% and protien between 35-45% is very favorable. Higher moisture and lower ash and magnesium, when possible, are also preferred for kidney health.
Ingredients: The source of nutrients matters almost as much as their percentages. Try to avoid foods that use large ammounts of low quality "filler" ingredients such as corn, wheat, and soy. At least the first two ingredients and preferably the first three ingredients should be animal protiens, as ingredients are listed in order of % composition. When possible, also seek betta foods with some invertebrate protiens, and try to avoid foods whose ingredients aren't easily recognizable whole food products.
What is your guideline on picking food? Is it the same as the above about protein % and fat %? What happens when the protein % is over 45% which I saw in some foods AKA Nutrafin MAX (with 47% min). Is there any such thing as too much protein for a carnivore fish such as the Betta?
I know the disadvantage of live food such as worms is intestinal issues and disease... but is there a disadvantage to flakes and pellets? Or is the only disadvantage is that if you don't pre-soak them it will swell up (which can be solved and is no longer a disadvantage).
Does that mean flakes and pellets have no disadvantages (as long as I prepare them right by soaking and making sure the pieces can fit inside the Betta's mouth easily)?
Is "Nutrafin Max Colour Enhancing Flakes" http://ca-en.hagen.com/Aquatic/Nutrition/Premium/A6772
the same as ""Nutrafin Max Betta Colour Enhancing Flakes"" http://ca-en.hagen.com/Aquatic/Nutrition/Premium/A6789
But just branded with another name? I'm wondering if they are different and I should buy the one specifically manufactured for Bettas.
Is a Betta able to tear his fins on the roots of floating plants (Amazon Frogbit / Water Lettuce)?
Is it required to trim the roots? Or is it fine. I don't want to seem overprotective but I don't want him to tear his fins (he is a HM).
I've already removed all rocks in the tank and I believe the driftwood and cholla wood is smooth and will not cause damage. So I'm looking @ the only thing that may cause damage...
Thanks for reading. Any input in any form (suggestions, critiques, links to guides, etc) is appreciated.
I'll be eagerly awaiting for answers because once I get them I'll decide whether or not to checkout Atison's and NLS @ ebay for my Betta.
P.S: I'm trying to determine if a variety of foods is best or if it is detrimental. In the link I posted earlier it stated:
"Most animal nutritionists agree that the best way to ensure complete nutrition for your pet is through variety. Because each food as its fortes and failings, it is best to feed multiple foods; this will magnify the benefits and reduce the negatives. What's more, feeding a great variety of foods is more enriching for your betta, providing a valuable source of stimulation that is lost when we stick to just one type or brand of food. That's right - I said brand. Even if all you can afford to feed is flakes or pellets, feeding multiple brands will offer much-needed variety; I myself feed fourteen brands of pellets in addition to frozen and live foods!"
I have read many conflicting arguments on the topic of Betta nutrition (For example: http://www.fishforums.com/forum/bett...ds-bettas.html
) so I thought I'd ask here where I frequent. So many sources I've read are outdated