Originally Posted by dancersmama79
i feed him aqueon betta food pellets and topfin freezedried bloodworms and occasionally a portion of frozen pea thats been microwaved and cooled to room temp. i also feed him twice a day a bit of both
Just a suggestion about the food, betta's are primarily carnivorous so if you want to feed a little bit of a pea only do it once a week.
Also freeze dried foods should only be fed as a treat, 1-2 times a week, and for bettas it is reccomended that they are soaked for a little while before you feed them because they can cause bloating. It would be better to get some frozen blood worms and if you want you can feed them every other day and feed the dry pellets on opposite days. Mine get bloodworms about twice a week. And I only feed mine once a day, and each betta only gets two pellets per feeding. Unless you are conditioning to breed them, feeding once a day is plenty, and you can even skip feeding 1-2 days a week.
And yes you are doing a good job with the water changes. whoever suggested not to do water changes was giving bad advice. Yes keep the filter in so that bacteria can colonize in it, bacteria live in the filters, substrate and on the walls, not really a lot of bacteria floating in the water. even 100% water changes in a 1 gallon tank are not going to stress your betta out. The last time I had a betta in a small tank like that I did 100% water changes 3x a week. One fish is going to have a relatively low biolaod, so the ammonia won't cause any toxicity issues for about 2 days if you have at least 1 gallon of water.
Yes betta's have a labyrinth organ and breathe air from the surface. This does not mean they don't get harmed from ammonia building up in the water just like any other fish.
Good luck with your betta, they are one of my most favorite fish.