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Are you thinking about getting a betta fish? Don’t know what you need or even how to care for one? Keep reading and we will talk about all things betta fish!
What is a betta? Their founding name is actually the ‘chinese fighting fish’. Reason being is because of their known aggression to other fish.
Most betta will fight to the death if put together. Even if you put your betta with other fish they will be aggressive to all your other fish.
Most commonly these fish are left to reside alone. Up to 5 years of age!
How to tell male betta from female
Male bettas normally have much prettier and longer tails than females do.
There are so many ‘types’ of bettas to choose from. Here’s a list:
HALF MOON BETTA
When you first get a betta it’s always good to have your tank set up before hand. When doing this you can use tap water but you need to put stress coat in (you can purchase some here). Or let it set for two days in the tank.
Take a look below at some of the pretty cool tanks you can get for a betta.
Do you need some rocks and plants? These will fit perfectly in a small tank for your betta:
How do I acclimate my betta?
Normally when you first purchase your fish the employees will place them in a bag of water and fill it with oxygen.
If your tank is too small to place the bag in the water then you need to find a small bowl. Follow these steps below to properly acclimate:
- Place some of the water from the bag in a bowl with the betta.
- Scoop out some water from your own fish tank you have set up and pour it in the bowl.
- Let the betta sit for about 15 minutes.
- Scoop him out (don’t just dump him in from the bowl) and place him in his new tank.
- Drip only a few drops of stress coat into the tank.
Tada! Your new betta is now in his home and ready to enjoy life.
As for feeding your betta, it depends on what type of food you get. I prefer to stray away from flakey foods just because it makes the water dirtier.
Try to find a pellet form of betta food, like this one here. It will keep the tank much cleaner, and you only feed 4-5 pellets a day. Betta food should last you a very long time!
Question? Feel free to ask me in the comments below.
What type of betta do you have?