Betta fishes are best known for their beautiful looks with
vivid colors and spectacular fins. They can live up to 10 years if well taken
care of. If you would like to make your pet friend live that long then you need
to know how to care for them. So, how to care for betta fish?
The first thing is to find a new home for the betta fish. They
need a lot of personal space so never place one in a bowl. The perfect size for
a male is a 5-gallon tank; the bigger the tank the better. Never place a male
betta with another in the same tank unless you would like to know why this fish
type is known as the Siamese fighting fish. The males are very aggressive
towards each other and may hurt each other in the process. Females can however
be housed in the same tank as you wish. As for using on tank for betas and
other fish types opt for those that are the same size as the betta to avoid one
being eaten by the other.
The natural habitat of this fish type is the rice paddies in
Thailand so you will have to mimic the climatic conditions of Thailand. For this
you will need a heater like the ones here with a thermostat. Set this to 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit
and you will have the right tropical temperatures for the survival of this
Do not fill the tank to the brim. Leave some space on top
for the animal to come up and breathe. As for the filter to use choose a gentle
one since this fish type is used to still waters. It will help keep the water
and tank clean for longer resulting in less often changes.
Avoid plastic plants and jagged rocks and decorations as
these may damage the fins of the betta. Rather, use silk plants of better yet
go for live plants. These look much better and the animal will love them
better. They will also help keep the water clean and oxygenated.
What do you feed it? There are pellets specifically made for
feeding them but you can also feed yours with blood worms and brine shrimp. Create
regular feeding schedules and do not overfeed them. Note that their stomach is
the same size as their eye.