Proper Betta Care:

SURVIVING IS NOT THRIVING!

Supplies and Equipment:

  • A five-gallon (or larger) fishbowl, tank or aquarium. A Betta fish can live in a bowl as small as one gallon, but it is not recommended. While some have noted stressed fish from a larger tank, that has not been our experience so far. Each fish is different.

  • A filter. A sponge filter or low flow filter is preferred as bettas prefer less flow in their water. 

  • An aquarium heater is needed as betta like their water between 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • A thermometer to read the water temperature.

  • Betta food. Pellets are a great staple diet for betta fish.

  • Treats, which can be blood worms, frozen shrimp, frozen krill, and frozen bloodworms.

  • Plants or floating driftwood pieces or store-bought tank accessories for your Betta’s home. Silk plants and live plants are preferred. 

Setting Up Your Betta Tank:

  • Rinse your decorations with warm water and white vinegar mixture to remove any impurities.

    • Then place your decorations into the bowl and set up any filtering equipment that you want to include inside the bowl or tank.

  • Bettas thrive in water temperature that’s between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. No lower that 75. 

  •  It’s extremely important that you don’t place the tank near air conditioners, vents, direct sunlight or anywhere else that could affect the water temperature or quality.

  • Once you’ve got the furnishings in place, fill the tank with tap water

    • If using tap water, use dechlorinater to remove chemicals.

    • Always follow the directions on the back of the water conditioner to ensure a successful water treatment.

 

 

Water Quality:
 

  • Tap water is fine for bettas, provided it is first treated with a water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramines

  • Bettas can be far more forgiving than other aquarium fish when it comes to water quality, but a good filter and regular water changes should be employed, nonetheless. If you’ve ever kept aquarium fish, follow a similar routine. 

  • Ideally, a new aquarium and filter should be allowed to cycle for 6-8 weeks prior to the introduction of bettas, to let the water conditions settle and filter bacteria develop. Be sure to keep an eye on water parameters using the freshwater test kits sold at aquarium stores.

  • Parameters should have a PH between 6.5-8, Ammonia - 0, Nitrite - 0, Nitrate - Below 20ppm. The video on our website.

  • Replace your Betta’s water in 20-25 percent portions, should be done weekly.

Bettas need to be cleaned weekly, just like any other fish!

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