Siamese fighting fish also called ‘Bettas,’ are beautiful creatures and relaxing to watch. They make a great fish tank hobby. But how do you take care of them? What do you do to get started?
Setting Up the Fish Tank
Your first step is to get the necessary supplies and set up your fish tank. You’ll need the following to start:
- A high-quality fish tank, at least 5 gallons
- A small filter. A small filter is best because bettas gulp air, so the water surface should be calm
- A heater, to keep the water between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit
- A light for viewing the fish
You can buy kits that include the tank, filter, heater and light. This is more convenient than buying them separately, and may even be cheaper.
Which is the best fish tank design for your betta? A rectangular one is best because bettas need a lot of surface area for gulping air. They do this because, in their native tropical waters, the oxygen supply is low. They’ve evolved to get extra oxygen out of the air.
The most important thing is that bettas need at least a 5-gallon tank. This dilutes more waste and reduces stress on your fish because you can clean the tank less often. It gives the fish more freedom of motion. A bigger tank also makes fish tank decorating easier and more fun. If you have more than one betta, you’ll need at least a 10-gallon tank.
Next, you’ll need two more supplies:
- A gravel syphon. You’ll have to vacuum out the gravel and replace it on a regular basis to keep the tank clean.
- Water conditioner to treat the chlorine and other additives in your water that may harm your fish.
Feeding Your Fighting Fish
Don’t feed your betta ordinary fish food; bettas need high-protein food. It’s best to get fish pellets, especially for bettas. Bettas also like a snack of worms or shrimp, which come freeze-dried, frozen, or live. However, it may be best to avoid feeding bettas live food. Because they can contain parasites.
It’s important not to overfeed a betta because they can become overweight. Just like people. Even if they don’t overeat, extra food in the water is unhealthy. A betta should finish eating in a couple minutes. Otherwise, it’s more than likely eating too much. Baby fish can eat twice a day, but grown fish should eat once a day. Many people recommend letting bettas skip eating one day a week so their digestion can catch up.
The beauty and variety of these fish will amaze you. The life of fish, especially the life of fighting fish, is fascinating. Consider joining the world of bettas. When you have your tank set up and you’re enjoying your handsome, colourful betta. You’ll think you have the finest fish tank and your hobby is the best one in the world! you can get everything aquatic at our store. Contact us today for expert advice.
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