To fully understand what the perfect Fighter Fish Diet is you first have to understand where the Fighter Fish is originally from. These awesome fish have received the nick name “The Jewel Of The Orient”, their native home is originates from Thailand but they can also be found in their natural habitat in and around Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and parts of China.
They like to hang out around small, shallow ponds and even some slow moving streams. While there is some debate about which is actually the best possible habitat for your Fighter Fish, one thing that is often over looked is the actual water temperature. In their home countries the average water temperature is about 80ºF, so that is their ideally perfect water temp.
As the water starts to cool the Fighter Fish will get increasingly more agitated, which can really lead them to live up to their name. Fighter Fish have been known to fight to the death just because the other Betta Fish looked at them the wrong way. So be sure to keep their water temperature right at 80ºF and you’ll be fine. That’s why you shouldn’t keep them in a small bowl, because you cannot regulate the heat control very well. I highly recommend getting a top of the line Fighter Fish Aquarium.
Back in Thailand, you would find the Betta Fish feeding on all kinds of cool fish food like insects and insect larva. In a perfect world that’s all they would eat. But if need be they will adapt to eating the dry flake foods found at your local pet store or even freeze dried food if that’s all ya got.
However, the BEST food you can ever feed your Betta Fish is live insects. They will love that stuff and will eat it all day. Their digestive system are geared towards primarily consuming meat so when you can, give them the good stuff.
The healthier, more live food you give your Fighter Fish the more their colors will pop and the happier they will be.
They actually have a upward turned mouth made specifically for eating any unlucky bugs that happen to fall in the water. What you wanna try to do as a Fighter Fish owner is replicate their natural habitat as much as possible. By feeding them live bugs, you can do this and they’ll love you for it.
Some of the best things you can feed these little guys are Brine shrimp, Daphnia, plankton, tubifex, glassworms, and beef heart. Those are all great things to feed your Fighter Fish, you can find them either frozen or freeze dried. Either one will do nicely. But if you have flake food, you’ll need to suppletment with either freeze dried, frozen or preferably live food.
Some of my favorites are the freeze dried blood worms. Betta Fish go bonkers for these nasty little worms and will be sure to really brighten up their colors too.
Go ahead and leave a comment below to tell me what your favorite Fighter Fish Diet is…