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How to Care for Betta Fish

Betta fish are beautiful and bright colored, and they have the most amazing tails. They come in all different colors and shapes. Not only are fish easy to care for, they also don’t need as much attention as other animals. Here is how to care for a betta fish.

Tank

aquarium tank

A betta fish is usually around 6 - 7 cm long, which means they don't need huge tanks. However, betta fish can jump quite high, so you want to make sure to buy a tank that’s tall enough so your fish doesn't jump out. If you do plan on getting more than one fish, make sure that the tank is large enough to fit all of them. You should also try to buy the same species. You don’t want to get a goldfish and a betta fish, as they could end up fighting. Try and keep females and males separate as well. 

Equipments

tank with filter and lights

When you go to the pet store, here are a couple of things you’ll need to pick up along with your fish and fish tank. If you live in a colder environment, you’ll need to get a heater along with a thermostat. This will help keep your fish happy and cozy. Filters are needed for all aquatic pets. Betta fish dislike currents, so make sure to ask the store manager which filter works the smoothest. Sponge filters are recommended because they can prevent fish fins from getting harmed. Water conditioner is also a product you should purchase while you’re at the store.

Water

water

Before adding water into the tank, make sure to use the water conditioner you bought. Choline and chloramines are toxic to fish, so when you use the conditioner, you're ensuring that your fish won't die. When you start pouring in the water, make sure not to fill it all the way to the top; if you fill it too high, your fish might be able to jump out.

Food

frozen shrimp

Unlike your normal fish, betta fish are carnivores. This means that when you go and buy fish pellets, you want to make sure you also buy some blood worms or small pieces of shrimp. Try and set up a routine on when you want to feed him. Feeding them twice a day is good enough, as you don’t want to over feed them.

Decorations

small stones

When you’re looking for decorations to add to the tank, make sure you buy those that have smooth surfaces. You don’t want the decorations to scratch the fish while it's swimming. When you’re picking plants, try and get real plants rather than fake ones. Your fish will appreciate real ones more, and it’s also better for their fins.

Cleaning the Tank

hand with cleaning sponge cleaning surface

Cleaning the fish tank can be hard work. Try and stick with a simple and easy routine each time. This way, you’ll be able to complete the task faster each time. Make sure to research or ask the store manager before you go and clean the tank. You want to know how to clean it and when you have to clean it.

Betta fish are majestic creatures that are pretty to look at and simple to have as a pet. Their lifespan is 3-5 years old depending on how well you care for them.

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