Would It Be Alright To Feed Some Of The Bottom Feeder Bug Bites To My Betta?

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I bought the bottom feeder bug bites for my corys, since I'm tight on money and also they don't seem to be eating anything else but shrimp pellets.

I just want to make sure of things so I'm making this post. I figured not, since the bug bites for bottom feeders are specially formulated for those types of fish? Also, I have NLF betta pellets. Thought I give some to my corys and they swept them up pretty fast.

though my main food menu for the corys is: shrimp pellets, bug bites, blood worms (I have the Hikari brand, they claimed to have the nutrients specially preserved even though it's freeze dried), a tiny piece of shrimp once or every other week

betta food menu: NLF betta pellets, dried shrimp twice a week or blood worms twice a week (I don't give them the same week)

(the last two info was just provided so people won't worry about me feeding the same thing. I try to feed my fish a variety of foods even with short on cash and my parents a little mad about spending money on stuff like this. Sorry if it's not good enough)
 

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This should be fine to feed your fish bug bites. Bad thing is that they eat anything which you put on the tank. But remember don't overfeed them otherwise they won't be able to survive.
 

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One thing that Bettas love, is boiled or steamed peas.

Just remember to take the outside skin off every pea.

Some won’t eat them the first couple times, but you can train them to eat them right out of your fingers.

They also like broccoli. Cook it until it is soft. They will eat all the little green florets off them.

You should see my shrimp with broccoli. They just pile on until you can’t see the broccoli. My bristlenoses do the same thing. They love peas an broccoli. Keep them as treats tho.
 

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One thing that Bettas love, is boiled or steamed peas.

Just remember to take the outside skin off every pea.

Some won’t eat them the first couple times, but you can train them to eat them right out of your fingers.

They also like broccoli. Cook it until it is soft. They will eat all the little green florets off them.

You should see my shrimp with broccoli. They just pile on until you can’t see the broccoli. My bristlenoses do the same thing. They love peas an broccoli. Keep them as treats tho.
Bettas are carnivores. Though the occasional pea might be alright since peas generally help with digestive issues, broccoli is a different story. Bettas are not built to process the fibres in vegetables and may get constipated if they eat too much, hum, vegetarian food. You won't poison them by doing it once or twice or anything like that, but it is better not to do it too often or at all.


It is very easy to check if your betta can eat a certain food: A. are these foods meant for aquatic carnivores? B. will it fit in a bettas mouth? If the answer is yes to both, you can feed it to your betta. Or any other carnivorous fish. Most fish are very opportunistic and can eat a large range of foods as long as the type (e.g. vegetable, insect, meat, etc.) is compatible with their digestive system. Some fish are herbivores (many livebearers like guppies), many are omnivores (they need varying ratios of both vegetable and meaty foods) and some are carnivores (which betta fall under). If you get the type wrong you can cause constipation and nutrient issues in the long run, or your fish may not recognise it as food and refuse to eat it. It is always good to google this when getting a fish.
And make sure not to overfeed them. That's pretty much it.
 
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I did a whole ton of research before I got my betta and corys. Was just asking about this specific food. It contains the same ingredients as the fluval tropical bug bites. But I guess it's better just not to feed it to my betta though.
 

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I did a whole ton of research before I got my betta and corys. Was just asking about this specific food. It contains the same ingredients as the fluval tropical bug bites. But I guess it's better just not to feed it to my betta though.
Oh yes, I did not mean to sound like I was putting you down. Just that I know a lot of people feel nervous about what they can and can't feed their fish (and so usually stick to unnecessarily expensive pellets or flakes meant specifically for the type of fish they have) which is also less than optimal because they often contain fillers and most of all, variety in feeding is pretty much always good for your aquatic pet's health. So actually, kudos to you for considering what else to feed them!

Quite the opposite: bug bites' main ingredients are insect-based, so bug bites would actually be great for bettas. I have never had them so I can't judge the size, but as long as they smaller than a betta's eye or you can crush them to be that small, it should be a perfectly good variation on its diet. You can actually feed your bettas actual insects if you can get your hands on dead flies small enough for them to eat.
 
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Oh yes, I did not mean to sound like I was putting you down. Just that I know a lot of people feel nervous about what they can and can't feed their fish (and so usually stick to unnecessarily expensive pellets or flakes meant specifically for the type of fish they have) which is also less than optimal because they often contain fillers and most of all, variety in feeding is pretty much always good for your aquatic pet's health. So actually, kudos to you for considering what else to feed them!

Quite the opposite: bug bites' main ingredients are insect-based, so bug bites would actually be great for bettas. I have never had them so I can't judge the size, but as long as they smaller than a betta's eye or you can crush them to be that small, it should be a perfectly good variation on its diet. You can actually feed your bettas actual insects if you can get your hands on dead flies small enough for them to eat.
Ah, sorry. I'm so used to people putting me down. I was on subreddit for aquariums, etc. They often put me down for asking questions like these and saying "I should have done more research", "I have no common sense", "selectively picking people on who to listen too" when I don't agree with them, etc.

Like geesh, why are people on reddit like "the know it all" type of people and think what those subreddits thinks is 100% correct and everything else is wrong? That's why now I just resort to forums like these and completely left reddit.
 

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Ah, sorry. I'm so used to people putting me down. I was on subreddit for aquariums, etc. They often put me down for asking questions like these and saying "I should have done more research", "I have no common sense", "selectively picking people on who to listen too" when I don't agree with them, etc.

Like geesh, why are people on reddit like "the know it all" type of people and think what those subreddits thinks is 100% correct and everything else is wrong? That's why now I just resort to forums like these and completely left reddit.
You have an excellent selection of fish food so far.. one day try some frozen blood worms for your Cory's, they relish them! Betta might enjoy one too! This is a great forum for learning, welcome to it @FancyBubbles.
 
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I have another question and thought I'd just ask it here, since it's similar to feeding.

I decided to slightly give more than I should when I first bought my corys. They literally weren't fed at all at the petstore so I figured they could use some fattening up before I feed them regularly and a bit less.

So one my my albino cory is an absolute pig. Will inhale anything that's food, always the first to go after the food. And now he or she is fat. Cory's name is Bullet. Bullet currently has a round belly, not outwards side to side, but the roundness is downward. (don't know how to describe it oof)

No raised scales, no lethargy. Still eating/looking for food like there's no tomorrow. So most likely not dropsy.

Is this just from overeating? Starting from today I'm going to feed them a bit less since I only fed them more than I should since they were literally bones when I first bought them. Would it be fine if I skip 1 or 2 days of feeding?
 

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My albino's are fat too and they are always the first to show up for food. They seem to have a different metabolism than my Pepper Cories who are thinner. I always hope that the rest of the slow fish in my community tank can get to chow down before they show up... Hikari makes a small sinking wafer that might be just enough for a diet?
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Is this just from overeating? Starting from today I'm going to feed them a bit less since I only fed them more than I should since they were literally bones when I first bought them. Would it be fine if I skip 1 or 2 days of feeding?
Unfortunately (or should I fortunately) there is such a thing as fish obesity. (Don't take this the wrong way, I'm not being in the slightest condescending, but I just have no way to peer through the internet connection and see how much you know, so I tend to err on the side of explaining everything). Though the extent varies from species to species, most fish have a metabolic trick much like most mammals where they prefer to overeat when there is an abundance of food and store the excess as fat, then burn the fat in times of scarcity. Some fish don't do this at all (and basically have to eat constantly or die) and some do this to large extents. Cories fall mostly in the latter category.
So bulging fish doesn't have to mean constipation (which is an immediately health risk) but can simply be excess fat from previous overfeedings. It is not dangerous, but it would be better if you could get it to lose weight eventually as long-term it can be detrimental to health.
The easiest trick I can think of is just to distribute the food throughout the tank as much as you can, all at same time. Even if that one cory eats fast he shouldn't (I hope o.o) be able to be everywhere at once.
Feeding problems when different species are kept together because they eat at different speeds can be a real challenge though, and not always a solvable one. It is one of the reasons people are generally not advised to keep african dwarf frogs with fish. You can, and some have made it work, but in most cases the frogs will starve because they take much longer to find the food than the fish kept in the same space. Interesting stuff ^^

Anyway if this problem persists after a while you could consider making the cory skip out on a meal one day a week or so by simply netting it during feeding time and then released it back in after the food is mostly gone.
 

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Not sure about in your area, but around me bug bites are some of the most expensive food around. I don’t keep betta’s But I think any good quality food would be fine. I want to echo the over feeding caution previously mentioned. It is very easy to over feed and with sinking food I find it even more of a challenge.
 

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Yes, bottom feeder bug bites are fine for bettas, I feed to my bettas no problems. I soak them first and break them up some because they're kinda big. I feed with tweezers so they don't overfeed.

As for the fat cory, got any pics? Maybe full of eggs?
 
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I'm cutting back on the feeding now since they all seem to have regained their health compared to when I first got them.

@LDan

Tried to take a decent pic of the chubby cory.
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Doesn't look too big to me, probably a female as they are chubbier than the males. Are you on Facebook? There's a group called Fish Tank Enablers, this dude has like a million cory cats and they're HUGE! Like, seriously morbidly obese-looking. But he's a breeder who conditions them to be full of eggs. Take a look, there's a lot of pics of fat cory cats so you could compare and put your mind at ease. I really think she's just full of eggs.
 
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So I guess I either have 3 females and one male, or 2 females and 2 males. (Currently, I have 4 albino corys) One is currently "sitting" on the sand, also he (or she) is facing directly at me so haven't got a closer look at his (or her) size.

I guess the cory in this image could just be full of eggs. Looked up some images and fat corys seemed to look really round and too chunky, while mine just looks like a potbelly from underneath.
 

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So I guess I either have 3 females and one male, or 2 females and 2 males. (Currently, I have 4 albino corys) One is currently "sitting" on the sand, also he (or she) is facing directly at me so haven't got a closer look at his (or her) size.

I guess the cory in this image could just be full of eggs. Looked up some images and fat corys seemed to look really round and too chunky, while mine just looks like a potbelly from underneath.
It isn't full of eggs. Corys can have a more or less pronounced breast(skute).
It looks healthy though.
 
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