What you should know about betta fish
Because Betta fish are somewhat low-maintenance compared to other types of pets, there has been a rise in their popularity over the past couple of years. There are several reasons to consider getting a Betta instead of putting together a gigantic aquarium for several types of species of fish, and we’ll try to do our best at detailing them below.
Cleaning and maintenance
This is where a Betta is a winner. Because it is a fighting fish, it is particularly aggressive, so it is highly recommended it that you keep it in a tank by itself. It doesn’t get along with any type of non-betta tropical fish, and sometimes, even a pair cannot live together in a community tank.
The conclusion that you can reach from what we’ve written here just now is that you can keep the fish in a single tank. Because Bettas aren’t particularly large, especially when compared to other types of fish, they don’t need big Betta tanks. They can make do with a somewhat limited amount of swimming space, but that doesn’t mean that you should get the smallest you can afford.
What this means for you is that all you’ll have to do is get two small-sized tanks so that you can transfer the fish into another one each time you clean the original tank. So, when it comes to the money you’ll spend, bettas aren’t expensive pets.
What do betta fish eat?
The dietary requirements of this species aren’t too complex. They mostly feed on floating foods, and they are known to prefer specialized pellets, as well as daphnia, bloodworms, and brine shrimp. They are carnivores, and that is why it is highly recommended that you do not feed them flakes.
The right way of going about things when it comes to feeding a betta is to use as much food as they can eat in as little as two minutes. You need to make sure that you’re using the appropriate kind of food, so don’t use the same as for other types of fish. Otherwise, you might notice that the color of their skin starts to degrade.
Water quality is very important
Both a clean environment and the right temperature can either make or break your fish keeping endeavors. If the betta lives in a slightly filtered and small tank with good water conditions, the fish will thrive for its whole life, which is to say that it will live happily for up to three years.
What about the temperature? Because it is a tropical fish, it requires a water temperature of about 74 degrees. It can live in colder environments, but it might start to develop all sorts of medical conditions, and its health will eventually degrade. Again, we’d like to emphasize that keeping a single betta in just one tank is better for the fish because it will not be stressed to fight all of the time.