Thanks for the info. I have lots of plastic aquarium plants in the tank now, and it looks great, but I have a spot for a live plant in the back. I had a piece of bamboo that looked like a palm tree there when the ADFs were in the tank, but I took it out and put it in their tank with them, since it was originally theirs. Is bamboo good, or useless, or harmful? As for the bloodworms, can he eat them daily, or only once a week? I've heard so many different stories...anywhere from once a day, to once a week, to only every two weeks because they have too much protein for a fish. I really appreciate the help!
As for plants.. look up "hardy" or "beginner" plants.. it will depend on what you are wanting - are you wanting to put in soil/sand and plant the plants into the soil, do you want floating plants or do you want ones that you can tie (using sewing string or fishing line) to rocks/decorations/driftwood?
There are plants that can be good for all 3 of those ways too.. it all comes down to how much you want to put into it - how difficult you want to make it, etc.
I only deal with floating plants - Anacharis, pennywort, hornwort varieties that can be tied down or floating.. I float due to I use them for breeding bettas.
If you are wanting the best advice when it comes to plants, and how to care for certain types - be it Javas or Anubias.. I would message Oldfishlady - she deals with many varieties of plants and is quite knowledgeable in plant care.
Sounds cute, both your boy and fish lol.. these are fun little creatures and pretty intelligent for fish.
As far as feeding, 4-5 per meal on the pellets is fine. It's not too much, but not too little. It's enough to keep up his energy and metabolism, so I see nothing wrong with that.
As for the bloodworms, I'm sure he loves them.. mine jump for them as well. You can judge better on how many to feed him, but I would say anywhere from 3 to 6 pieces is good depending on the size of the worms - some are smaller than others. But bloodworms are great to feed them for the extra protein.
Hi. I'm pretty new to the forum, and ran across some very knowledgable posts you'd written. Maybe you can help me. I have a male veil tail betta, Azure, who lives in a heated, filtered, 10 gallon tank. He has lots of artificial plants, and places to hide. He's very happy and social, and actually goes nuts when my son comes in the door from school. It's like Azure knows he's home, and he loves him. We're very attached to him, and want to make sure we're feeding him right. His tank setup came with Aqueon pellets, which he loves. He eats 4-5 tiny pellets in the morning, then when we feed our ADFs after school, he gets a few tiny, thread-like bloodworms. Is that too much food, too little, or just enough? He's a very active guy, and is so spoiled, that when I open the cover to give him bloodworms, he jumps out of the water. Very active fish. I've seen different info on how often and how many frozen bloodworms to give. Oh, and what is the best live plant for his tank? Thanks a bunch!