Before I learned about healthy fish feeding, I had several bettas. They never lived a year, which is short of the average 2-3 year lifespan of a betta. So, I realized something was wrong with the foods they were eating. When I looked at the ingredients of what I was feeding them, I realized why they were not healthy. The regular betta food that I was feeding them had chemicals that I found out were unhealthy and toxic. At the time when I learned this, it was after I had two bettas. I wanted to get another betta, and decided that from day one I would feed it healthy foods, like freeze died brine shrimp and bloodworms, supplemented with veggies.