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How to properly take care of the beautiful Bettas

Updated on February 11, 2012

Taking Care of Betta's

Betta fish are beautiful and popular pets, but most people do not know how to properly care for them, so they end up with a dead fish. Bettas are intelligent and once they get used to their new surroundings, they will be happy to see you every morning by waving their fins at you.

They seem simple right? These beautiful fish need at least a one gallon tank with a filter and a heater just like any other fish do. I know your thinking that when you see them in the store in that little cup, you can just bring them home, throw them in a bowl and feed them. Well this is far from the truth. Bettas should not be put in a vase with plants on top thinking that they will be able to survive off the roots of the plant. The water has to be changed.

Bettas have to have a filter in their tank, do not need to be fed every day, and should be treated for intestinal parasites when you get them. If you see any black on their fins this is fin rot and needs to be treated. These medications can be bought at Pet Smart or any pet store that carries fish. Ask an associate how much to use do not just assume you know.

Bettas can never be kept in the same tank together because they don't get the name chinese fighter fish for nothing. They will fight and the best fish will win.

If your Betta gets a large belly that looks like a pine cone, this is not pregnancy or constipation, it is a condition called dropsy and is very fatal to this fish. The signs of dropsy are your betta lays on the bottom of the tank, won't eat, and is not active. You can soak them in a smaller container with a few teaspoons of epsom salt and water to help relieve the bloating, but this condition will eventually kill the fish.

Bettas are very active fish and if yours is not then something is wrong with them. The reason bettas do not need to be fed every single day is they can become severely constipated by eating too much food. Once about every three days is enough. They will beg for food just like any other animal, but you have to just wave back at them.

They also like to have simple things to hide in so you can buy some plastic plants to put in their tank. Betta's need their tanks changed about every two weeks with a filter and every couple days if you decide not to have a filter. You must use water conditioner when putting water back in their tanks so that they will not be put in chlorinated water.

Bettas can live for three years and up to five if they are taken care of well. If you want to adveture taking on this beautiful fish, like any other pet, they must have proper care. Don't think you can just put them in a bowl and never have to do anything for them except feed them. They produce large amounts of amonnia and need to have their tanks kept clean.


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      Cheryl A Whitsett 6 years ago from Jacksonville, Fl

      Your welcome. I had my own trial and errors with Betta's but they are beautiful fish and will live long if they are taken care of properly

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      Bahin Ameri 6 years ago from California

      I have owned many bettas but never knew they need a filter and must only be fed once every three days. This explains why mine only lived a few months. Now I know what to do so thanks!


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