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Betta Fish

Updated on March 19, 2011


Level: Beginner

Care: Bettas are very agressive fish and it is consideres abuse to put male bettas other fish of their own kind. However, Male Bettas can be kept happily in a community aquarium with very peaceful fish (Tetras are the best). Female bettas are not as agressive and are better off in community aquariums. Bettas can also live in a small tank(If kept in a small tank there should be a live plant, filter, to keep them healthy, it should be 5+ gallons too. [also have a mini heater]) or small aquarium. Bettas can live in a water temperature from 69-83 degrees farenheit. If the betta is sluggish, it is too cold. Bettas can live up to about three years. Clean their water about every 2 weeks. Make sure to also research bettas more, because there is alot to know. And, it is not okay to put them in a vase or bowl, because they will be unhappy.

species: Popular: VeilTail, DeltaTail, Crowntail, King Betta, HalfMoon. Colors come in all types of colors and patterns, my current betta is orange.

Food: Bettas eat special betta pelletes and flakes and the occasional treat of bloodworms. Feed them about once a day to not over feed them.

Expirience: Personally, (you may not agree) I think that bettas are the easiest fish to keep. You may think they dont like to swim, but most of them are active and do swim! They go everywhere in your aquarium. Bettas are very Fun and a beautiful decoration (if considered that way) and a friend.


Typical veiltail betta
Typical veiltail betta

Problems with Bettas

Fin rot: Look for this on your betta:

white tips on the edge of fins

fins starting to dissolve from the edges, becoming almost clear.

holes in fins, or fins starting to appear a bit thinner than usual

the fins make start to look stiffer then usual

slimy areas near the top of the fins

To get rid of it do an overall (80%)water change and make sure to get the aquarium very very clean.

Eating: Sometimes bettas don't eat as much or at all. They can survive a week without food though. It is a good Idea to not feed them for one day a week. Why? Because your betta may be overfed!


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      FishAreFriends 6 years ago from Colorado

      Do Water Changes very often, take away and replace about 20% of the water in his home each day. Replace it with water that has no chlorine or cloramamine. This may help him. Also make sure that his water is heated, it needs to be at least at 78 degrees Farenheit. Try to get medicine asap, though.

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      Katie 6 years ago

      I bought my betta 5 days ago. At that time i didn't know that he had fin rot :(. My mom won't buy any medication until next week. Have any suggestions on how to keep him alive for another week without using aquarium salt? He looks like he already lost half his tail. :(

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      cheerfulnuts 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I never had a betta. I used to think that bettas can be happy in very small tanks and I didn't know they can live with other fish. This is very informative. I really think bettas are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. :)


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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Hi Fish,

      Another informative and spot-on Hub!

      I agree. Bettas are some of the easiest fish to keep.

      I love your gorgeous fish pictures by the way.


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      FishAreFriends 6 years ago from Colorado

      Tell me if you spot a problem!