Betta fish and goldfish are probably the most popular species for novice aquarium owners, but different types of fish require very different living environment and nutrition. Goldfish need a 10-gallon or larger aquarium and prefer a tank filled with cooler water. Betta fish thrive in smaller, warmer fish tanks. Feeding betta fish food once or twice to goldfish will not kill the goldfish, but the digestive system and long-term nutritional requirements of goldfish are very different from betta fish. But what will happen if you feed Betta food to a goldfish?
What is the difference between the diet of goldfish and betta?
While exploring whether goldfish can eat Betta foods, let’s look at the dietary structure of these fish in the wild and in aquariums.
Betta fish are carnivores. In the wild, they eat almost everything, from worms to insects to small fish. In fact, proteins make up 70% of their intake in the wild. To replicate this, most commercial betta fish foods contain about 50% protein.
Goldfish, on the other hand, are omnivores and require protein and vegetables. Their digestive system is different from that of bettas. Excessive protein intake can cause various problems, including gas, swim bladder disease, and even kidney failure if they eat too much.
Can goldfish eat what betta eats?
Goldfish can occasionally eat the betta food as a way to get protein, but you should let goldfish eat less and feed them once a week as a special treat.
Goldfish prefer to eat food that has sunk in the middle or bottom of the fish tank, so if you give betta food to the goldfish, the goldfish will not eat it until it sinks.
Watch this very carefully, as any food placed on the bottom of the tank can break down, causing the ammonia content in the aquarium to rise.
Get the Right Food for your fish
In general, feeding goldfish with beta food is not a good idea. The two species have little in common and their dietary needs are different. Betta fish need much more protein than goldfish, which can cause many problems over time.
If you want to give your goldfish a special treat every so often, several times a month, but not more than once a week, give them a bit of beta food. Exceeding this amount can cause digestion problems of goldfish or something even worse.
When you are feeding your fish, it is always important to do some research. Some people may think that “fish is fish”, but the fact is that betta fish and goldfish are two completely different creatures. Giving them the right food can help them stay happy and healthy with Senzeal.