Ditch The Bowl and Vase: What Betta Fish Really Need
Betta fish are popular pets for aquarium hobbyists because of their vibrant colors and easy care requirements. However, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure bettas remain healthy and happy.
Most aquarium hobbyists place their bettas in a vase or a bowl but that is not ideal for the fish. Bettas are tropical fish and have specific requirements in order to thrive.
Skip The Vase Or Bowl
Bettas are tropical fish and need a heated tank with plenty of plants and hiding places. A vase or bowl cannot provide the necessary space, filtration, and aeration that bettas need to stay healthy.
They require a water temperature of 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit and a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5. Most vases and bowls cannot accommodate these needs, leading to bettas' health problems.
In addition, they need access to plenty of oxygen in order to breathe properly. A vase or bowl does not have the space or aeration to provide adequate oxygen for bettas. They produce a lot of waste and a small aquarium cannot accommodate the necessary filtration to keep the water clean. This can lead to ammonia build-up, which is toxic to bettas.
Finally, bettas like to swim and should be given room to do so. They are beautiful fish and you should be able to see them swim. A vase or bowl restricts their movement and limits their ability to explore their surroundings.
What Do Bettas Eat?
Bettas are carnivores and their diet should consist of live or frozen food.
Some good options for betta food include live or frozen brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia. You can also purchase pellets that are designed for bettas. These pellets should be soaked in water for a few minutes before feeding so they expand and the betta can eat them easily.
Bettas should be fed once or twice a day, and only as much as they can eat in 2-3 minutes. Overfeeding can lead to health problems, such as swim bladder disease.
Betta Tank Mates
Bettas are territorial fish and do not do well with other fish. They are known to attack and kill other fish, so it is best to keep them alone in their tank.
If you want to add other fish, there are a few options that can work with bettas. Some good tank mates for bettas include nerite snails, corydoras catfish, and Kuhli loaches.
It is important to do your research before adding any fish to your aquarium to make sure they are compatible with bettas.
With the right care, bettas can live 2-3 years. They are relatively easy to care for as long as their specific needs are met. If you cannot provide these things for your betta, it's best to find them a new home.
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