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Betta Fish Make A Great Family Pet Hobby

Updated on September 25, 2011

The Straight Facts On Betta Fish Ownership

Also known as "rumble fish", The Siamese Fighting Fish, (Betta Splendens), or more commonly known in America as Betta, is a popular choice for home fish ownership. Very native to the rice paddies of Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia, the Betta lives about 2 to 5 years in captivity, but can exceed more than 7 to 9 years.

In the wild, the Betta mainly feed on the larvae of surrounding insects, such as mosquitoes, crickets and grasshoppers. More domesticated diets might include mashed shrimp meal, brine shrimp, blood worms, wheat flour, vitamins and fish meal, but a rounded diet is proven to prolong the life of a household Betta. Mixing in some more live bait into their diet should round them out, just not too much.

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5/8gal Betta Kit

These beautiful, majestic fish make great house pets and interesting hobby at the same time. Their durability is well above average and elaborate fish tank and equipment aren't necessary, as they live in a bowl of clean, fresh water mostly.

Bettas are commonly sold in over-the counter, retail establishments like Wal Mart, K Mart and Target, as well as specialty fish and pet stores. Online giants like Petsmart and Amazon have well detailed Betta equipment available.

Many trendy and unique fish living apparatuses are available on the market today. A Miniature Betta Motel is swank diggs for your beautiful finned friend. Tom Nature's 5/8 Gallon Background Murel fish tank will compliment any area will an easel stand and customizable background that features an easy to use slide in for swapping out the picture.

Great Stackable, Stylish, and High-Tech Options For Housing Your New Bettas

Umbra FishHotel Mini Aquarium, Great for Goldfish, Bettas, and Other Small Fish, 1.8 Gallon
Umbra FishHotel Mini Aquarium, Great for Goldfish, Bettas, and Other Small Fish, 1.8 Gallon

Built to provide your fish a stylish new home, Umbra FishHotel is a great tank for those wanting to scale their betta fish hobby up. Stackable modules make this fish tank solution a great way to fill space in a house, with durable, fashionable Betta Fish.

Fluval Edge Aquarium Set, Matte Black, 6-Gallon
Fluval Edge Aquarium Set, Matte Black, 6-Gallon

This elegant fish aquarium set by Hagen is a chic and stylish addition to your home, as well as a great home space for your fish. Nice stand design combined with a 3-D tank water cube with hi-def views from all angles.

AquaVista 500 Wall-Mounted Aquarium, Black
AquaVista 500 Wall-Mounted Aquarium, Black

If you're into stylish and high tech, then the AquaVista 500 Wall-Mounted Aquarium will be just the thing to fill that space on your wall. Just like a framed photo, this innovative fish tank wall hanging with make any space in your home a conversation piece.


How to Set Up a Betta Tank & Betta Fish Care Video

Marina Betta Fish Tank Contemporary

One of the most glorious thing about Betta ownership is admiring their bold, brilliant colors. Some well thought out breeding has produced some amazing coloring in Betta fish, but it should be noted that wild Betta only show natural colors when agitated, and display their native grayish tone typically.

The bred versions are fine to own and breed, it should be noted. Bright and unique Bettas from the store are simply the product of fish breed technology.

Male splendens, when in captivity should be kept alone as their nature dictates, they'll try to kill, or be killed by any other male in the vicinity. Additionally, if they're tanked with a female, the male Betta could harass the female into continuous spawning.

Female Bettas can be housed together in small groups and seem happier when done so. Both fish have been housed together with other fish species and can thrive. Sometimes though, the males will nip at the other fish, so a durable species of tank mate is advised.

Aqueon Double Sided Black Mini Bow Desktop Aquarium Kit

The ideal tank environment for a fully grown Betta fish should be 2.5 gallons of water per fish, as to promote proper growth and vigor. If a continued hobby of raising Betta fish is desired, then a larger tank is advised, as opposed to the small fish bowls that are being marketed these days. A healthy Betta will not only thrive in ample, well thought out living conditions, but create a lasting legacy of beautiful Siamese Fighting Fish to be enjoyed.

Many families and individuals have grown very fond of their Betta fish hobby. Elaborate equipment and high cost are necessary when starting out with Bettas. A simple bowl, a new fish and a desire to learn about Bettas is the only requirement.

A Soothing Waterfall To Enjoy Your New Battas To

Tetra Waterfall Globe Aquarium Bowl with LEDs, 1.8 gallon
Tetra Waterfall Globe Aquarium Bowl with LEDs, 1.8 gallon

Sit back and relax as a tranquil, soothing waterfall accompanies your Betta Habitat.


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      angel-spiers-3 4 years ago

      @Surfer83: Bettas are tropical, the *can* survive in small accommodations or in an open top tank or bowl, but but they are far form an 'easy' fish.

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      Surfer83 6 years ago

      We called it fighting fish and they expand their tails when confronted by other same species. I think that only goes for the male.

      Easy and simple to take care.

      Very interesting story. Thank you for sharing