Sunday, 6 July 2008

Secrets to Betta Fish Care

The betta fish, most commonly known as the Siamese Fighting Fish, is a very popular tropical fish because of its brilliant colors plus betta fish care is relatively easy especially for newcomers to tropical fish hobby. In the Wild bettas live in the rice fields and rivers of southeast Asia, so they are actually a pretty hardy tropical fish but the betta fish can also be finicky.

Betta fish care does entail some special considerations that are unique to betta fish especially in regards to the males in order to keep him/her happy and healthy.

With that said here's a sneak peek at some of the secrets to betta fish care as well as where you can go to find more information about betta fish care and get great tips to breeding betas successfully.

* 1. Water Quality. As with all tropical fish this is the number one issue when it comes to keeping healthy fish and is also true with betta fish care. It is important that the PH level of the water be as close to a neutral PH of 7.0 as possible to insure a healthy happy betta fish. As well water temperature is equally important to maintaining healthy betta fish, and they prefer temperatures between 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
* 2.Vegetation. Here's a little tip that a lot of people miss in regards to betta fish care. Having some vegetation in the tank for the fish to rest/hide in. Betta fish remember come from southeast Asia and as such are very common the the rivers streams and rice fields of those countries. Having vegetation helps to re-create this habitat and helps to maintain a healthy betta.
* 3.Give them some space. A lot of people think that just because a betta fish doesn't have gills like other tropical fish and breathes air just like people do (yes betta fish have lungs) doesn't mean the fish is happy inside of a cup. Would you be, so give the fish some space you'll be rewarded for your efforts.

There's other tips that are crucial and insightful about betta fish care but these basics should point you in the right direction to maintaining and keeping healthy betta fish.

Betta Fish Care

Betta Fish Care - What You Don't Know Will Hurt Your Betta Fish

Betta fish bowls are by far one of the biggest misconceptions about Betta fish. Many people are under the impression that if you buy a Betta fish you can just let them sit in the bowl you purchased from the store and everything will be fine. This is probably the worst myth regarding them.

Here is why-Betta fish were not meant to be confined to a small bowl. On the contrary, they love to swim around. In the wild they have plenty of room to do their thing, but as a pet, if the owner doesn't give them a great home to swim in, then ultimately the Betta will be unhappy and their life expectancy will lessen. Think about this for a moment, would you be happy if you were confined to a 6ft by 6ft box each day? Then why do we assume our Bettas will enjoy a dinky little 4 inch diameter bowl?

They don't. In fact, smaller fish bowls may actually harm your Betta.

Now, what are some other good tips to know about purchasing Betta fish bowls?

If you need to go small, be sure that your fish bowl is big enough so that your Betta's fins and tail aren't always touching the sides or bottom.

Your bowl needs to be aesthetically pleasing to you. Don't go purchase some cheesy bowl (a glass bowl shaped like a fish comes to mind). A nice, elegant glass bowl that shows off the fish and helps to make them a great conversation piece during gatherings makes great Betta fish bowls.

Don't go too big for just the one fish. He doesn't need a 20 gallon tank!

Add some decoration to the inside of the bowl, preferably small, smooth pebbles; some kind of aquatic plants and small buildings or figures.

Be sure to get a bowl/tank with a cover. Betta fish have been known to jump out of the water and end up on the table...which will spell disaster for your Betta if you don't happen to be around when it happens.

Don't harm your Betta, learn more about Betta Fish Secrets and how to take care of them by reading an in-depth review here

Eric is a Betta fish enthusiast and loves spending time with his daughter taking care of their Betta.

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