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Betta Fish Tank Setup for Beginners

Updated on July 16, 2014
Betta Fish Tank Setup
Betta Fish Tank Setup

Betta Fish Tank Setup

There are a lot of steps involved with setting up your betta fish tank… from choosing the perfect place in your home to the upkeep and maintenance, it can be a difficult task if you do not understand the basics.

This is a brief overview of all the betta fish care components you will need for your tank.

Choosing your Betta Tank Size

The first thing to do when you become the proud owner of a beautiful Betta is to choose the tank size. Once you know how big your tank needs to be in order to make a perfect home for your fish, the other items will fall into place.

Betta tanks come in different sizes, so that they can be the center focus of a large room or a quiet corner accent piece. Just be sure that when you choose your tank, it is roomy enough for your Betta fish to have plenty of room to breathe and explore. Also, Bettas require privacy, so plan to have room for plants and gravel.

Choosing a Betta tank stand

The stand may not seem like the most important part of your Betta fish tank setup, but remember it provides the base for the tank. Choose a stand that will be strong and sturdy enough to hold your Betta aquarium, the water, and all the other elements, like gravel and a filtration system. Some people think they can use an existing piece of furniture as a stand, but this can lead to problems. In many cases, a leak can ruin existing furniture and a do-it-yourself project may not be strong enough to hold the load of a full tank. Instead, invest in a commercially made tank stand. Some will include a hidden compartment for storing your fish tank supplies, making it a worthwhile investment.

Location, location, location

Where do you want to place your Betta tank? If you are thinking of purchasing a large Betta tank, with multiple fish, then consider the entry hall or behind a couch or sofa which serves as a great focal point. For smaller tanks that include a single fish, place them in corners or smaller areas.

Tip: Place your Betta fish tank near an electrical outlet or a place where you can hide electrical wires. You will need electricity for the filtration system and the lighting.

Betta Tank Filter

A filter is an essential component of the Betta fish tank. It provides oxygen and helps remove any unwanted debris from the tank. Betta fish are accustomed to still waters in their native habitat, so make sure your filter is quiet and does not create waves. Also keep the filter away from your Betta so his beautiful fins do not get stuck in the system.

The above are some of the necessary components to a Betta fish tank. To discover what else your beautiful Betta will need to be healthy and thrive in his tank, check out this special video.

Betta Fish Tank Setup - Learn how to do it!


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      3 years ago

      I wanted to set up a 60 gallon all Female heavy planted tank with the purpose of large scale breeding plan. Is this large size just too big?

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      Gypsy Willow 

      5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for your knowledgeable answer. Better ask an expert rather than risk the poor fish!

    • Dream Chaser profile imageAUTHOR

      Dream Chaser 

      5 years ago

      Hi Gypsy, healthy bettas can live for five years or more. Goldfish and guppies are not good companions for bettas and angelfish can be fin nippers. Rasboras, collie loach and catfish will work well, but make sure to test them with your betta first. I find that each betta acts differently so testing out the environment is always a good practice. You can find more information here

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      Gypsy Willow 

      5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      How long do Betas live? We had a pair that made bubble nests and had young but sadly they lived in a tank with goldfish and the water quality deteriorated and they died.:( who makes a good companion? We currently have guppies and a pair of Angel fish in our 20 gallon tank.


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