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If you want to know how to take care of Betta fish, this article will help you get started and get rid of some of the most common misconceptions that people have about these fish. It is worth mentioning that Betta fish tend to thrive better in warmer waters, so keep that in mind when selecting an area of the house to keep your pet in.
1. Only Have One Betta Per Tank
While some people have luck with homing more than one female Better together, it really isn’t worth it to try. If conditions aren’t perfect or the Betta is stressed they will turn on each other. They are commonly known as fighting fish. The male of species will always fight with other males as well.
Many people put Betta in 10 gallon tanks or even smaller bowls, but this isn’t really big enough and will generally lead to a stressed out fish. A 20 gallon tank should be used to ensure that fish has enough room to live a normal life.
3. Get A Filtration System
Cheap pumps and filters can be found for under $20 at Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers. Putting one in might seem a bit complicated, but it will cut down on the amount that the tank needs to be cleaned and will keep the fish healthy.
4. Clean The Water Weekly
Do a half change, that is take out half of the water, each week. Make sure that you treat the water you are putting in at least 4 hours before you add it and leave it on a counter to make sure it gets to the right temperature. Water that is overheated or too cold will induce shock in the fish.
5. Clean The Tank Every Month
Each month you will need to do a full change, taking out all of the water in the tank. To do this put the fish in a smaller bowl or other tank with water from the cage. Make sure to prepare water ahead of time, just like you do for the half change. When you have scrubbed everything off, put the new water in and slowly re-introduce the fish.
6. Buy Appropriate Food
While you can get by using basic fish food, food that is specifically meant for Bettas will help keep your fish healthier and will generally get eaten faster, leaving your tank cleaner. usually the different in price will be minimal as well.
There are many different options when looking for a new fish as a pet. Learning how to take care of a betta fish will help you decide if it is right for you.
Overall caring for a Betta fish is extremely simple and your child will enjoy this pet for years to come. Now that you know how to take care of Betta fish, will you be getting one?