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How to Take Care of a Betta Fish in a Bowl

Updated on August 6, 2015

How to Set up a Betta Fish Tank

A pet is a wonderful companion, but some people don't want or are not able to have a pet such as a cat or dog. A betta fish is a wonderful, relaxing pet to have. They are also very easy to maintain and very cost effective. Another thing that is nice about betta fish is they breathe the air so you do not need a filter for their tank. You can put them in any sort of container you want vases are really unique homes for a betta. Or a unique shaped glass bowl or container. They can live in any sort of container.

Other than the container for your betta to live in all you need is fish food, and water conditioner which can be purchased at any pet supply store or Walmart, Target, or Kmart. You can add any sort of decorations like rocks or plants for your betta, but you do not have to.

Picture of Betta

How to Take Care of a Betta

To set up your bettas home, fill your container with luke warm water and add your water conditioner. Just read the container and it will tell you how much to put depending upon the amount of water you are using. If you are adding any sort of ornamental things, add them now. That's it, now just add your fish.

Feeding a Beta Fish and Cleaning a Beta Tank

You don't want to over feed a betta. The food comes in little pellet sized food, give your fish 2-3 in the morning and do the same in the evening. Or you can just give it 4-5 at one time during the day. If the food sinks don't worry about it, betta fish will eat it off the bottom.

To clean your bettas home, get a small bowl and fill it half way with water. Put one drop of the water conditioner in it. Now put your betta in the bowl, it's easiest to purchase a small fish net, but you can also use a mini strainer or slotted spoon. Now rinse out your tank, but do not use soap. Rinse it out with water, clean any rocks or other decorative things, if the glass is really dirty use vinegar to clean out your betas home. Make sure to rinse it out really good when you're done. Do NOT use bleach, ammonia, or soaps of any kind, this will kill your fish.


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      Deborah 5 years ago from Italy

      The males are the colorful ones...

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      Debby 5 years ago

      How can u tell if its a boy or girl?

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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Thanks, I LOVE that idea "moonlake!" Thanks for stopping by :)

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Our daughter had Beta's on all the tables at her wedding the kids were thrilled they all got to take one home and few grown-ups wanted them.

      We've always had them in our house. Good Hub.

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      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      Thank you Deborah-Diane. Betas really are enjoyable and very pretty !

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      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      We had a Beta we called "Feather" and he lived several years, much to our delight. He was a great pet. The one in your photo is gorgeous!