Hello everyone. I've been lurking here for a little while, but haven't quite been able to find a post already addressing this exactly. I just got back into having Betta's again. I have my Betta, Shouto, in a 10 gallon planted tank for anyone wondering.
So, first let me say, he eat very well. This is not a problem with his appetite and desire to eat in any way. If anything, the problem is that he gets a little too enthusiastic.
What is happening is that when I go to feed him (Omega One Betta pellets) he gets pretty excited and strikes hard at his food. Sometimes he grabs it no problem. Most of the time, he just ends up knocking into it, and if it doesn't knock it down to the bottom the first try, it will the second or third in general.
So, I will put a new pellet in, and he does the same thing. He might get one or two, but I end up with a bunch more at the bottom of the tank, which I obviously don't want. I mostly just stop after 3 whether he has gotten them or not recently. Sometimes later on he will go down and pick them off the ground, but not always.
THIS LEADS ME to my actual question. What would be a balanced diet for a Betta without feeding pellets? He gets Hikari Freeze-dried Bloodworms every few days already, and has no problems at all eating those, and definitely loves them. But I know I can't just feed him bloodworms all the time.
Currently looking into possibly getting Daphnia and Tubifex worms? Do you guys have some other suggestions on how to give him a balanced diet he can eat without worrying about his enthusiasm ruining it? Lol.