How to Care for a Betta Fish & Supplies

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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.

Female                           Male







There are so many ‘types’ of bettas to choose from. Here’s a list:














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.

Aquaponic Betta Tank 

Wall Mount Fish Bowl

Fish Tank w/ Planter

Do you need some rocks and plants? These will fit perfectly in a small tank for your betta:

Transparent Blue Marble Rocks

Sea Glass Beads

8pcs Small Fish Plants

10pcs Small Fish Plants Pack

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:

  1. Place some of the water from the bag in a bowl with the betta.
  2. Scoop out some water from your own fish tank you have set up and pour it in the bowl.
  3. Let the betta sit for about 15 minutes.
  4. Scoop him out (don’t just dump him in from the bowl) and place him in his new tank.
  5. 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?

By | 2017-10-25T14:33:44+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Advice, Archives, Health Care, Housing, Tips + Tricks|8 Comments

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  1. Kamira September 20, 2017 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Hmm this is interesting. Truth be told I’m just know learning about Betta fish from your post. I’ve only ever had a goldfish or two. I can definitely say they did not have a life span of more than several months let alone up to 5 years like Bettas. I think that’s pretty cool. Nice tips for anyone looking to care for these fish.

  2. Stephanie Seger September 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Great post! We have been through several Betta fish in our home. My daugter went through three pretty quickly. 🙁 My son bought his over two years ago and Humphrey is still alive and doing great. My question has always been, how often to clean the tank and do I need to add any chemicals to the water. I try to clean the tank once a week, but I have gone as long as two or three weeks before. I do add a vitamin to his water when I clean it… but I can’t remember what it’s called. Do you add anything for your Betta?

    • lifeonpaws September 21, 2017 at 2:39 am - Reply

      Hi Stephanie! You should actually only change a betta’s tank once a month. If you change it too often it can cause additional stress. When changing his water you should leave at least half of his old water in with him and only change half the water. After changing it you should apply what is called stress coat to the water. It’s conditioning to help take out the chlorine from his water:D Hope it helps!

  3. Heather Wallace September 20, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    We have a Dragon Scale beta named “Georgie” after St. George and the Dragon. He’s beautiful and lives in a 3 gallon tank, happy as can be.

  4. Victoria September 21, 2017 at 2:32 am - Reply

    This is such a unique post and it is awesome! My boyfriend loves these fish definitely will share with him

  5. Amelia Johnson September 21, 2017 at 3:34 am - Reply

    I love going to the fish store and looking at these fish. They are really beautiful. I had no idea they lived that long. Thanks for sharing the simplicity of caring for these.

  6. Sadie September 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I’ve heard of ‘fighting fish.’ I had no idea there were so many types of Bettas! A very pretty fish. Too bad they aren’t friendly with others. Interesting read – thanks.

  7. Kaylyn September 21, 2017 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    We had a beta fish at my office desk for almost four years. He used to belong to the girl that sat at my desk before but became my responsibility once I started. He unfortunately only made it about a year longer. But I loved having him on my desk. I used to chat with him when I needed a break from the computer! Lol.

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