How do you care for a beta fish?
We were given two beta fish today. I treated the water, but I want to make sure the fish are comfortable. How do you tell if the environment is right?
Are they male and female? Two males will fight to the death. Only keep these fish with other fish that don't have long fan tails or are not known fin nippers like barbs.
Here are some basics:
http://hubpages.com/hub/Betta-Splendens … hting-Fish
Unfortunately, much of what you read on the internet and hear from pet stores or department stores is incorrect. They'll need at least a gallon apiece, filtration if possible, and a variety of food if they'll take it (bettas are a bit finicky, so don't worry if they'll only accept one type of food). Regular partial water changes are a must, with or without a filter, and do NOT put them in a window unless you want extremely unpredictable parameters and temperature, as well as severe algae issues.
I wrote a hub about this, check it out:
You can tell if your bettas are comfortable because htey will be actively swimming around, with vivid colors. The water should be heated, at around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (it can vary a bit) and no chlorine or whatever.
Hope this helped!
PS. Are your bettas separated? They will kill each other quickly if they aren't.
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