How to Care for a Betta Fish? Updated 2021

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How to care for a betta fish?

Bettas are most popular as pets as they come in a variety of shapes and the most attractive thing about them are their colors. They are also known as combative and aggressive fishes (Siames), as the males are very territorial and they are very possessive towards the other betta males.

Now if they are that much famous regarding pets then “How to take care of a betta fish?” The most important thing about any pet is their diet. As an owner of your pet you have to know what you should feed to your pet and what not.

For a betta a well balanced diet includes pellets, fish-food that are available in plenty, dead and frozen worms. Worms ensure the protein content and provide effective nutrition.

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However, while you are feeding your fish you should consider the following things and should always know about what type of fish feed provides effective nutrition:

  1. Do not overfeed your betta, overfeeding will only result in the contamination of the fish tank.
  2. Betta fish only eat for one and two minutes and therefore if you sprinkle their feed every other minute, the feed will just hang in the tanks. And, if you do not filter the tank it can have negative effects on the fish’s health.
  3. Always leave the frozen food out there at normal room temperature so that it gets normal before you feed them.
  4. Smaller betta fishes need very fine feed which is in the powder form. You can also feed them pellets which get soft in the water.

How to take care of betta fish for beginners?

Bettas are extremely beautiful due to their colourful fins and thereby people love them as pets. However, there is a lot of information available on the internet, out of which all of it is not true. As a newbie, you may not know

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What is right for your betta? So here is a detailed guide for you:

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  1. Betta fish are torrid water fishes which means they live in hot waters. So the first step is to maintain the water temperature between 75-80 degrees.
  2. Betta fish are carnivorous and they always have a protein-rich diet. Do not overfeed them and also do not make them dependent on pellets.
  3. Betta fish can live to almost 10 years. Therefore, if you take good care of your betta they can accompany you for a very long time.

How to care for a betta fish

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How to properly care for a betta fish?

Betta fishes are originally from the not so deep waters of Thailand, they are usually found in shallow lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Betta fishes are usually huge in size and are present in tropical regions where the waters are warm.

So when we are taking care of our betta fish our main objective is to mimic the natural environment of betta fish as closely as possible. You have to maintain conditions like water temperature, tank’s cleanliness, water quality, ventilation, level of lighting in the tank. All the former mentioned factors should be in accordance with the natural environment of the betta fish.

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The biggest mistake which beginners make is that they try to fit their betta fishes in small spaces, mainly fish bowls, and betta fishes are not made for that. Remember that betta fishes are not supposed to be in fishbowls.

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How to care for a betta fish in a bowl?

While you are keeping your betta in a bowl, you have to consider that your betta needs more than a bowl. You have to study the betta’s natural environment in which they live. So that, you can mimic their natural environment as much as you can.

According to Keller, People who keep betta fish in bowls often ignore the fact that bowls often inhibit their natural swimming and growing behavior. She further adds that betta are not supposed to be in bowls.

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According to doctors and marine biologists, the betta should be kept in a 5 gallon glass aquarium and can be kept in even larger tanks. Large sized aquariums let the betta fish be in their natural environment. Also, large tanks allow more cleanliness overall in the tank and do not lead to contamination of the tank.

You can decorate your betta fish bowl or tank with a lot of things like shapes, sizes, colors, and you can easily find them in pet stores and they are also available online. There are also items you should consider while considering the size of your betta fish.

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However, the decorations either in your bowl or in your fish’s tanks should not be the priority.  Your fish should always be your priority. The decorations should not be pointy and edgy and can damage the fins of the fish. Thereby, you should consider decorating your fish’s tanks.

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How to care for a sick betta fish?

People usually do not pay attention to the sick fishes and they also do not know whether their betta is sick or not. People usually get scared, anxious, and confused in these situations. Likewise all other fishes that thrive in freshwater, betta fish also can develop bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic functions.

Symptoms of sick betta fish:

  • Slow movement
  • Lethargy and inactivity
  • Hiding behavior in reefs
  • Color of male bettas may diminish
  • Slow breathing
  • Fins may get damages
  • Fins may appear to be clipped

Specific types of behavior are attached to sick betta, and they may not be fatal but require your attention. If you are a betta owner it is your responsibility to recognize the certain habits and analyze sick behavior of betta. To be vigilant and identify these problems at a very early stage is very essential. Avoiding these symptoms can cause long term damage and even death.

How to care for a baby betta fish?

In the market fish owners usually sell betta fishes that are normally one year old. But, unfortunately there are sellers who sell betta for almost only a week. These bettas are hard to take care of and usually require more care as they cannot eat the general dry foods which are available in the fish pet stores.

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Adult betta fish normally hardly get sick, but on the other hand young betta fish easily get sick and they can develop multiple diseases.

Following are the essentials to take care of the young betta fish:

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  1. Keep them separate when they are young from the other betta.
  2. As they are in their young age, provide them with diverse diet so that they can flourish properly.
  3. Young betta fish need proper water temperature as they are tropical fish.
  4. You always have to change their water frequently so that the water does not remain contaminated.
  5. Always use a filter.

How to care for a baby betta fish from petco?

At petco, the baby betta fish is almost for 2.49$. Baby bettas are well known for their vibrant and amusing colorful fins. Not only this they also come in a variety of shapes and colors.

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Bettas are relatively known as “Fighting Siamese fish”, because males are very territorial, and they are famous for their combative behavior.

Take care of your baby betta fish according to this behavior:

  1. Keep them in large sized aquariums, so that the fish can breathe easily.
  2. Bettas are tropical fish, and they require warm waters to flourish normally.
  3. Male betta should be kept separate from other male bettas.

How to care for a betta fish

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How to care for a betta fish in a vase?

You must have seen this trend that people are keeping their betta fish in vases rather than in the fish tank and aquariums. Bettas are freshwater species and they are extremely colorful, that is why people love them as pets.

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Betta fishes are extremely combative, and freshwater species. As they are extremely colourful and so they are transported in huge amounts. With the right conditions and maintenance you can keep your betta alive for more than 10 years.

  1. Choose the right vase for your betta.
  2. Develop a basic set-up.
  3. Prepare everything for your betta fish
  4. Keep on accommodating and varying the fish’s environment regularly.
  5. Develop a scheduled diet for your betta.

How to take care of a betta fish tank?

Betta need special care and special attention from their owners. They need an aquarium or a water tank which is at least three gallons. Keep in mind that you have to set their aquarium in advance before they come.

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The minimum size and volume of the tank depends on what type and what size betta you are going for. However, it should be a minimum of 3 gallons.

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The bigger aquariums at least have one gallon of fish for every individual fish so you have to follow the same formula for these bettas too. Never keep the tank or aquarium in direct heat and sunlight. Bettas should be kept in such a place that is not much crowded.

There should be a strong base beneath the tank so that the tank or aquarium is not at the risk. Keep the tank near an electric source so that you can attach/ connect the filter and the bubble machine with the tank.

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