How to care for your beloved betta fish.
A betta fish is a type of fish that does not need TOO much care, and when they do, it’s not to hard.
Animal – Fish – Varieties of Bettas – White Halfmoon Betta Fish (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When introducing a betta to a new bowl, put the bag with the betta in it into the new water until the water in the bag is the same temperature as the water in the bowl, then release the fish into the bowl. This will reduce shock and let the fish get used to the water temperature.
A betta fish is a living being, so the first thing you may think is to feed it, but most bettas are shocked by the whole moving process, so they may not eat for a few days. A good way to check if he/she will eat is to give it a REALLY small amount of food for the first few days, and when it eats it, start a regular feeding routine(about two pinches of food once a day, skipping one day out of the week). If you have a large tank with a filter, you CAN get flake food(but you can also get pellets. It’s up to you.). If you have a small bowl or tank without a filter, get pellets(Flakes are too messy in these circumstances.).
Bettas do not do good with other bettas, so never put two together, no matter the gender(Afterall, they are fighting fish and were fought). Bettas are good with some other types of fish though. Bottom feeders like snails or ghost shrimp go well with bettas, and can clean the tank. If you have these, leave the tank in the light and let some algea grow, because they eat it. Bottom feeders also eat food that sinks to the bottom of the tank.
Betta fish love aquatic plants to swim around. If you can get a live plant, that is the best path to go, but if you can’t, get a plastic plant.
Cleaning the tank is probably the most difficult part. It is hard because depending on the size of your tank or if it has a filter or not, the cleaning times vary. I have a one gallon bowl without a filter, and I clean it every week. Big tanks with filters can probably wait longer.
I have a snail living with my betta, and they are doing just fine!
Thanks for reading!