A quick comparison of some popular Betta fish food.

Boromir, my blue Betta, is a picky fish. He looks at new food offerings with deep suspicion. He likes his Bio-Gold Betta Fish pellets, and that’s really it. But since it’s better for my Betta to have a variety of treats in his diet, I’m still trying to get him to sample other wares.

Most people know it’s important to give their good quality Betta protein sources. The old Betta Peace Lily Vase, touted as a complete ecosystem, is generally understood as a slow death for these carnivorous fishies. It’s possible to make the vase idea work by removing the plant each time the Betta is fed, which is annoying. But assuming the Betta will graze on plant roots is just cruel. Please be a responsible pet parent and feed your pet specifically Betta-prepared meals!

Here are three preparations that work, with comments on what aspects don’t. The links here will take you to my full-length reviews of each product on this site, as I add them:

  • Hikari Betta Bio-Gold Pellets: basically fish kibble. Boromir loves it. He gets a few in the morning and a few in the evening. He eats every one and begs for more. The product’s first ingredients are fish meal, wheat flour, milt meal, Antartic krill meal, gluten meal, clam meal and cuttlefish oil. Only 38% protein, but still plenty for my little carnivore. Vitamins A, D, E, K, B (a complex of them) and C are listed, as well as a slew of minerals. I would call this a premium fish food. Cons: too many kibbles come out of the packaging and it’s hard to put them back in. The smaller package isn’t reclosable (the larger, more economical 20 gram size has a decent seal).

  • Top Fin Bloodworms Freeze-Dried Treats: Boromir only eats these when I wiggle them in his water, to simulate living things. I think it’s enjoyable for him to ‘hunt’ them – he drags them underwater and has his way with them. I like that these bloodworms are actual whole foods, not processed like the kibble described above or the flakes mentioned below. Bloodworms are 50% protein. Not bad. The cons: Bloodworms do not make up a complete diet, so deal them out like the special treat they are. I also have to be careful not to give him too much, since these eventually sink to the bottom and start rotting away, making a mess in my gravel.Bloodworms are bug larvae, by the way. Cool, huh?
  • Tetra BettaMin Tropical Medley Betta Flakes: the packaging calls this ‘the vibrant blend’, and contains fish meal, ground brown rice, dried yeast, shrimp meal, wheat gluten, brine shrimps and potato protein. So it’s full of quality protein (50%). The cons: Boromir won’t touch it. Too highly processed? The pieces sink to the bottom and make a nasty gravel soup. Also, the container is flawed in structure – the light little flyaway flakes make a red mess on my counter every time I open it.