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Toys for Betta Fish

Updated on September 24, 2009

Betta fish are some of the smartest fish you can keep, but being smart isn't always a good thing. The downside of being smart is that boredom is only a few hundred circles of the rank away. What can you do to stop your precious fish from getting bored? Buy toys, of course!

All the toys profiled in this article are Betta safe toys from Zoo Med. You can find them in your local pet store, or buy them online.

Betta Bed Leaf Hammock

This is a suction on leaf that you stick near the surface of the water. This allows your betta to sleep close to the surface of the water as they would do in the wild. Unlike a lot of other fish, Betta do not constantly need to be on the move, and quite often look for a comfortable place to rest. This leaf hammock is the perfect place to do just that!

Betta Floating Log

The floating log gives your betta fish somewhere to swim about during the day. Bettas will hide inside, play through the log, have a nap or build a bubble nest inside it.

Betta Mirror

You should never leave a mirror in a Betta's tank for more than five minutes a day. Bettas see their reflection in the mirrors, and if they are males will start flaring and displaying their fins. This is fun for a wee while, but it can quickly become stressful and tiresome for your Betta if they must continuously defend their territory from the mean flaring fish through the glass.

Other Ideas

Of course, you can always make your own toys for your Bettas, just make sure that anything you put in the tank has no sharp edges and that it is aquarium safe. It's best to only put things in the tank that are sold specifically for fish tanks, because that way you know that they will not slowly be poisoning your fish. Bettas enjoy all sorts of toys and always appreciate places to sleep and places to hide.

Your Betta's tank should have at least a few ornaments and some cover in it for him or her to enjoy. If there is not enough room for a toy and some plants, then their tank is too small. Bettas should have at least a two gallon tank, and most are happier with five, if you can manage it.

Provide your Betta with fun and stimulation, clean heated water and good food and they will reward you with a good couple of years of companionship and entertainment.


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      Diane 3 years ago

      My son got his first betta about a year ago and I have been to get more and more attached to the fish as time goes on. His name is blue. I loved the toy ideal cause he seems bored at times

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      I know where to buy them! 4 years ago

      Amazon dot com has all of these up for sale! (All things considered, they could cost a lot more.) They should have descriptions for everything, including the size so you know that it'll fit in the tank!

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      XxBettaxX 4 years ago

      I want the log but can it fit in a 1 gallon tank?

      Pls answer Thx : )

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      Helen 4 years ago

      I wasn't aware you checked you comments. Feel free to put that info out there. I just lost a fish because of the vertical thing.. No offense whatsover but you have already said things I posted on other sites just to get the info out there. : )

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      Dolphin girl 5 years ago

      Beta fish are great starter fish i got mine about six months ago and he is happily swimming in the half gallon tank I got him, all u have to do is feed him two or three pellets a day, and skip feeding day when nessasary, if anyone has questions just ask, I am ten years old but know a lot about fish, ;)

      - dolphin girl

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      Plz answer 5 years ago

      Can u feed fighting fish worms from ur back yard?

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      Marhnz89421 5 years ago

      My betta fish doesn't even sleep on the leaf it stresses him out and it is a total waste of money I won't a refund!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????

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      Marhnz89421 5 years ago

      Please answer my question ASAP I need help. Author do u know the answer. My question is up above writer-marhnz89421

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      Marhnz89421 5 years ago

      I am getting my betta fish today and I want to get him toys. I have him a ping pong ball and a hoop to swim through. My question is can you stick a straw in the gravel and will that keep them occupied or leave one floating on the top so he can play with it. A or B help please ;-)

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      Emily 6 years ago

      I bought a betta hammock for my fish Antione and he absolutely loves it! i also wanted to say that this is one of the few websites ive found that actually has accurate information about bettas concerning their tank size and water temp. thanks for the list of toys! :)

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      hanna 6 years ago

      i got my little brother a betta and the fish name is bobby and bobby will let u touch him and hand feed him its so cool he also responds to his name and as soon as the light go off its bedtime and he goes in his house

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      fhkklpoin 6 years ago

      I love batta fish so much

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      Kadriya 6 years ago

      I have a cute crowntail female beta and she absolutely loves the leaf hammock.. but she also loves to hear me talk to her... I have a pink feather that I move along the front of the tank and she LOVES to follow it. I think she actually looks out at me just waiting to play hehe.. She is an awsome pet!

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      secret 6 years ago

      answer to kake11 i got mine at petco or fishtown or chinatown good luck!

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      Karisha 6 years ago

      My sisters betta fish like won't move so I am totally gona try the toy thing hopefully it helps!!! :)

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      candis. 7 years ago

      I actually have the log and hammock. He loves them both. his favorite is the log. I got them at the pet store. Betta's are now my favorite fish to have! the log isn't too big but it isn't too small. I have a 5 1/2 gallon tannk so it fits nice in there.

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      Kitty12399 7 years ago

      I have a betta! His name Is Comet he's a Crowntail betta I think he would lllllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeee the log!!!!!

      But how big is the log anyway??? I want to get it but I'm not sure how big it is. It look hhhhhhhuuuuuuuugggggggggeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! Ok I'm exaggerating a little but you now wat I mean.

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      Jiggs 7 years ago

      My betta has many toys. He loves watching his newton's cradle, and his butterfly in the jar. He likes his mirror and likes to search for stuff on the bottom of the bowl. He is trained to dance at his food and visits when associates come into the office. I love my little buddy.

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      Daisy 7 years ago

      Have you tried using a different type of food? like bloodworms or something?

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      sam 7 years ago

      I have a Betta fish on Jan 2. It is a boy and he is shy.

      HE WON`T EAT AT ALL.Rite back how to help.I love my fish

      so much.HELP ME!

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      d.j 7 years ago


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      scissorlove16 7 years ago

      My betta is so much better then all urs

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      rebecca 7 years ago

      so i heard the leaf sucks but then the betta log seems to big for my fish tank my fish tank isn't really that big like 1 gallon of water in the tank uk so idk is there other toys to make my betta happy?

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      sofia aristisabal 7 years ago


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      bonnebartron 7 years ago from never one place for too long

      No way! That is freaking cute! I had no idea that fish played with toys... cool

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      mzry 7 years ago

      haha mi betta fish is better than yours

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      Kake11 8 years ago

      I just wanna know where did you get that, there so cool. Did you get at a pet store? i'm so going to have to look for them around. THX.

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      Tamarind 8 years ago

      That is so cute to have toys for fish. I've noticed Betta fish do enjoy pants. I think they have cute personalities, but I know they are a feisty fish at times.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      it looks beautiful toys. thanks for share. I think my niece will like those toys.