National Geographic Betta Flakes

JamieXPXP

sadly petsmart is always sold out of the pellets so I decided to try out the flakes because the ingredients and the guaranteed analysis are pretty decent. it smells really good, you can really smell the fish and all the other seafood they added in. kinda makes me want to eat it lol.

ingredients: Salmon, Halibut, Kelp, Wheat flour, Soy flour, Shrimp, Wheat glutten, Herring, Rice Hulls, Spirulina, Lecithin, Vegetable oil, BHA, Ethoxyquin, Canthaxanthin, Potassium Sorbate, Copper Chlorophyllin, Calcium L-Ascorbyl-2-Monophosphate, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, niacin, inositol.


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At first my betta was a bit confused about the flakes as he is normally on a pellet diet with freeze dried foods but once he figured out they were food he gobbled them up really quickly and left nothing behind. one flake per feeding is enough to fill him up. I'm not sure if I would use the flakes as his main food but it will definitely become part of his diet.

Pros
  • uses whole fish
  • long shelf life
  • lots of vitamins
Cons
  • only found at petsmart
  • comes in only one size container
  • might be a little bit more money then other brands as it was $5.49
 

Mary765

I feed my guppies flakes as their staple because I feel they are more versatile for all fish sizes.

They do smell good though
 

JamieXPXP

I feed my guppies flakes as their staple because I feel they are more versatile for all fish sizes.

They do smell good though
that's one of the things I do like about flakes, fish won't have a hard time eating it due to it being too big which is great if you have a community with different sizes of fish or have fish with small mouths. I have never used flakes till now since I haven't been able to find anything other then tetra or wardley which are brands I don't really like lol
 

Mary765

that's one of the things I do like about flakes, fish won't have a hard time eating it due to it being too big which is great if you have a community with different sizes of fish or have fish with small mouths. I have never used flakes till now since I haven't been able to find anything other then tetra or wardley which are brands I don't really like lol

Oh fair enough. My reputable lfs has their own flake brand so I just use that
 

JamieXPXP

Oh fair enough. My reputable lfs has their own flake brand so I just use that
oh nice not many lfs here have their own brand or if they do they aren't very good.
 

Mary765

oh nice not many lfs here have their own brand or if they do they aren't very good.

I don't know if the lfs actually made the flakes themselves or not, but there is certainly a connection between the two companies at the very least! And of course I checked the nutritional value and it all seems pretty good!
 

JamieXPXP

I actually prefer flake foods for small fish. My favorite is New Life Spectrum Community Flakes. Smells good for a fish food.
really? a lot of people seem to frown upon flakes for some reason, although I do agree flakes are great for small fish. ive heard a lot of good things about New Life Spectrum so I might give them a try when I'm running low on food
 

Mary765

Why do people prefer pellets to flake? I think pellets make more of a choking hazard..
 

goldface

really? a lot of people seem to frown upon flakes for some reason, although I do agree flakes are great for small fish. ive heard a lot of good things about New Life Spectrum so I might give them a try when I'm running low on food
Why do people prefer pellets to flake? I think pellets make more of a choking hazard..
I also believe they’re easier on the fish to digest, especially if you were to feed multiple times a day.
 

JamieXPXP

Why do people prefer pellets to flake? I think pellets make more of a choking hazard..
I also believe they’re easier on the fish to digest, especially if you were to feed multiple times a day.
I think a lot of people don't like how messy flakes can be if you feed more then your fish can eat, flakes apparently decompose quicker in the water so it loses it nutrients? although I do find fish have an easier time eating flakes and digests a lot better plus don't really have to worry about them choking on it.
 

Mary765

Speaking of flake I just switched out my old near-empty one for a new flake. Anybody heard anything about this one or am I on my own? I know API is a reputable brand but I don't know about their flake apparently it causes fish to produce less ammonia
 

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JamieXPXP

Speaking of flake I just switched out my old near-empty one for a new flake. Anybody heard anything about this one or am I on my own? I know API is a reputable brand but I don't know about their flake apparently it causes fish to produce less ammonia
ive never used their foods but have seen it before and a lot of people use them. it has pretty good reviews on amazon. unless your picky about ingredients then it is a good flake to feed fish.
 

Mary765

ive never used their foods but have seen it before and a lot of people use them. it has pretty good reviews on amazon. unless your picky about ingredients then it is a good flake to feed fish.

Ah good good! It was kinda an impulse buy as I was passing my lfs and realised I was nearly out of flake! What's up with the ingredients?
 

JamieXPXP

Ah good good! It was kinda an impulse buy as I was passing my lfs and realised I was nearly out of flake! What's up with the ingredients?
some people are picky about what's in the food and like to buy foods that uses whole fish,very little fillers etc. which I think apI uses a bit of fillers in their foods but other then that it is a really good flake food with pretty good ingredients like spirulina, squid and some others
 

Mary765

some people are picky about what's in the food and like to buy foods that uses whole fish,very little fillers etc. which I think apI uses a bit of fillers in their foods but other then that it is a really good flake food with pretty good ingredients like spirulina, squid and some others

Oh those sorts of people! Nah I'm not fussy as long as my fish are happy and healthy then I'm happy
 

JamieXPXP

Oh those sorts of people! Nah I'm not fussy as long as my fish are happy and healthy then I'm happy
I do like good ingredients in the food but isn't needed just as long as nutritional value is good and the fish like it
 

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