Animal Stories - Marine Betta

Animal-World Information about: Marine Betta

There is a beautiful grace the peaceful Marine Betta (Bet’-ah) has, and now it is available as a tank bred fish! 
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Alfred Cheng - 2017-08-04
I have my comet fish for a year now. It eats pellet now! I immersed the pellet in water. Made it soft before feeding. Comet doesn't like hard pellet that is difficult to chew. It started eating live shrimp only at the beginning. It did not eat fishes, even a small fishes. It was shy and hided in a cave and waiting for food. I gradually change the food from live shrimp to frozen food - brine shrimp, mysis shrimp and blood worm. It took 3-6 months. I then gradually changed the food to pellet. Mixed pellet with frozen food. Feed at the same time. After about 9 months, it fully adopt to pellet. It swam around like other fishes waiting for my feeding. It stared at the pellet. Picked the one that was moving, or just after moved. Kept the habit of predator hunting live food :)

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  • Anonymous - 2019-08-10
    My fish is now 3 years old. Eat almost everything. I didn't feed live food for a long time.
Chris Karmazin - 2012-03-03
I've had my betta one year and almost everything I have read does not apply. My betta (comet) will eat whatever fits in his mouth. And will beat my lionfish when eating. He is also free swimming, but alittle timid with sudden movement.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-04
    You are very lucky. That is extremely rare. Are you feeding live food? Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!
David B. Romsey - 2008-01-20
I have a 150 gallon reef tank in which I have been keeping a Marine Betta (Calloplesiops altivelis) for over 2 years. The tank contains 150 lbs. of live rock with a number of caves and crevasses. Its tank mates are: 1-8" Vlaming's Unicorn fish, 2-5" Yellow Tangs, 1-6" Blue Tang, 1- 7" Sailfin Tang, 2 large Blue Velvet Damsels, 1-6" Picasso Tang, 1-4" Lawnmower Blennie and 1-2" Green Mandarin. All of these fish (with the exception of the Mandarin) including the Betta have been living and thriving on a diet of TetraMin flake food and dried Red Algae sheets for a couple of years. Every 2 weeks I toss in some chopped up smelt fish. There is no protein skimmer on this tank. The Betta waits in either back corner of the tank until feeding time and rises to the top to grab the flakes as they float by. So I guess the statement that Marine Betta are "finicky" about what they eat has at least one exception, which I believe is notable if it's that significant.

Will - 2007-03-27
I have had my Marine Betta for a few months now and he is by far one of the most coolest fish I have ever had. We feed him frozen shrimp for the most part but once or twice a week we toss in about a dozen guppies! I like watching him go after them instead of some of the other predator fish we have because he is so tactical on how he hunts. Where some of our other fish just shoot across the tank to get them you can see him just watching and waiting then bam! Love this guy.

James - 2004-10-08
i have had my marine betta grouper for more than a couple months :). i feed them frozen food like those saltwater variety packs, hoping they get all the nutrition. i get some tank water, put the frozen cube in there and stir it till it thaws out. I pour the contents on both sides of the tank. :) i really like this fish, very interesting :) and very shy but, have heard he is a predator.

Robert - 2004-05-02
I have had a marine betta for about a year now and it eats frozen mysys shrimps without any problem. The product (which I have delivered by air courrier from British Columbia) is fantastic. I have other fishes that are difficult to feed (like a copperband butterfly) and this one also eats that frozen mysis shrimps like crazy. It is the only non-live food that they will eat.