Betta Fish Care Secrets
The betta fish, most commonly known as the Siamese Fighting Fish, is a very popular freshwater fish because of its brilliant colors and learning how to care for betta fish is relatively easy especially for newcomers to tropical fish. In the Wild betta live in the rice fields and rivers of southeast asia, so they are pretty hardy.
Betta fish care does entail some special considerations that are unique to betta fish especially the males in order to keep him happy and healthy.
One of the best resources on betta fish care is Betta Fish Secrets: How to Keep & Breed Betta Fish. It is an excellent book and covers the basics and alot of details that are important about breeding betta fish. Something that is actually quite tricky to do and anyone who has tried can attest to this fact.
Betta Fish Care Basics
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In these few paragraphs I want to take a look at some of the basics with regards to how to take care of a betta fish. There are certain needs and requirements to caring for betta fish and once you understand this your fish will be a lot happier.
Water Quality – As with all tropical fish The PH level of your water source is important to maintaining healthy fish and betta are no exception. The betta fish prefers as close to neutral water as possible, 7.0, but can manage in water that is between 6.5 and 7.5.
Water Temperature – The temperature of the water inside your tank is also important, as the betta fish is considered a tropical fish. Water temperature between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for healthy betta fish care.
One way to tell if the water is too hot or cold is by watching the betta fish’s behavior. A sluggish, slow moving fish is likely feeling a chill and a hyperactive fish (unless it is feeding time) indicates water that the water might be too hot. Either of these symptions is indications that the fish is under stress and so you should take notice.
Vegetation – Remember the betta is native to countries like Tailand and Vietnam and as such wild bettas are often found in rice fields and muddy rivers. Plants help to keep your aquarium stress-free, bettas love to rest on the leaves of plants so adding some plants (plastic or real) is a great way to insure a healthy betta.
Feeding Your Betta – Bettas only require that you feed them once a day. Betta fish prefer live food (who wouldn’t if you were a fish), but feeding them freeze dried food is often alot more convenient and an affordable alternative for proper betta fish care.
There is special betta food available for daily staple feeding often called betta pellets, but always supplement this with some freeze-dried mosquito larvae – called “bloodworms”, or brine shrimp. I wouldn’t do this everyday but it helps to insure a healthy happy betta fish.