This is the betta fish community where you all can join for free, no any charge. I made this site for everyone who love betta. As I see a lot of people take care their betta the wrong way , so at the very first, I will explain how to take care your bettas the correct way.
Betta Fish Care Tips
1. Please make sure that the Aquarium/bowl/Jar where you plan to keep your bettas are big enough so the he/she can swim around easily and do not bump or tear fins or scales. Do not close the top of the jar and make sure there is enough surface open exposed to air so yours bettas can get enough oxygen.
2. What water should be used for your Bettas?: Aged water (Tap water that has set out for twenty four hours) is what should be used. Do not use direct bottled water. If you use bottled water, you need to treat it. Bottled water may have chemicals in it. Most of our bottled drinking water contains chemicals but the steps below should easily take care of the problem.
-Since most local water is treated with chemicals you need to find out if it has been treated with chemicals named chloramines. Chemical chloramines can be treated with AmQuel. AmQuel is easily available in most pet stores.
-Its good to treat local tap water. Tap water should be treated with a product named “stress coat” which also easily available in your local pet store.
-Be sure to follow all the directions according to directions on the package. After treatment there is an ageing process that must take place. The directions on the packages will advise you how long that process should be. The ageing process allows all the chemicals and gases to evaporate. Most directions say after treatment of the water let it sit in an open container for about a week.
3. Do not put your Betta fish with other kind of Betta’s. Bettas are called siamese fighting fish, they are in fact fighting fish. Two male bettas together fight causing the death of at least one fish before they stop.
**Betta’s should not can be coupled with algae eaters, guppies, or corydorus catfish.
4. Use a turkey baster to clean small particles of uneaten food or debris from the bottom of the bowl or jar. Allowing this debris to sit at the bottom of the jar will cause the water to become cloudy, unsanitary, and to smell awfully.
5. The PH of your tank should be at exactly 7.0. You can get a PH testing kit at your pet store along with solutions to minimize or increase the PH of your water.
6. Please never use any soap or cleaning solution to clean the aquarium/bowl/jar/plants/rocks/marbles etc. Soap has harsh chemicals and it’s very hard to completely rinse all soap from these items and the soap residue can harm or even kill your Beta. Instead, use hot water and an abrasive brush to clean his things.
7. Keep your Betta tank, jar, or bowl covered with porous material else your Beta may jump and you don’t want him to end up flopping on the tabletop! Keeping the water level at least two inches from the top of the tank.
8. Betta is a meat/worm eater and likes live foods, such as brine shrimp the best. Frozen bloodworms are also a good choice for your meat eater. Most Betta fish will happily eat the Betta pellets sold at most pet stores. For a special treat every now and then you should offer some live food! Do feed your betta fish with a lot of different variety fish food. You’ll have fun watching him eat it up!
9. Do not decorate your Betta bowl with sharp rocks or sharp stones that may cause your Betta to get stuck between or under them. Be sure that they are a flat smooth surface that provides no risk to the health of your fish.
10. Every day do check that your fish is a living, breathing happily. You need to feed, clean, and care for your Betta just like you would any other pet. If he’s sick/lazy/sluggish or behaving abnornmally take him to the vet immediately, if he’s hungry feed him, if his home is dirty, clean it. Do take care of him in all respects.
|HEALTHY BETTA||SICK BETTA|
|Eats LOTS of food||Does not eat at all or eats reluctantly and may spit out his food.|
|Swims around and is active all the time||Is not active. May lay at the bottom and come up only for air, or may stay at the surface in a corner.|
|Acts normal and lively||May darts and purposely runs into anything he can (gravel, rocks, etc) in an effort to scratch itself.|
|Is colorful and vibrant||Looks paler, color is dull, may turn gray|
|Fins and tail are spread out like peacock||Tail and sometimes fins are clumped, closed, stiff looking or falling apart|
|Body looks clean and shiny||Body may have: open sores, white cottony patches, red spots, lumps or white spots.|
|Eyes are normal||One or both eyes are protruding and swollen (pop-eye)|
|Gills are normal||One or both gills do not close all the way and stay half open (swollen/inflamed). They may look red.|
|Scales are smooth||Scales are raised (like a pine cone)|
|Belly looks normal||Belly looks too hollow or on the contrary is abnormally swollen and big.|