Tag: Betta

Betta Fish Care Sheet & Supplies

4 things to know about your betta

  • Bettas can live up to 3 years
  • They grow up to 3 inches long
  • Bettas can sometimes live with other peaceful community fish. However, you should only have one male or female betta in a tank without dividers and be prepared to remove the betta if they show signs of aggression towards other fish.
  • Bettas gulp air from the surface of their tank.

How do I set up my betta’s tank?

Bettas need an aquarium with a filter that is at least three gallons. Set up their new home at least one day before they arrive.

Aquarium & stand

  • The minimum size of the aquarium will depend on how many fish you have. For just a betta, the tank should be a minimum of 3 gallons.
  • If you plan to have lots of community fish, follow this formula to determine whether the tank should be even larger: the aquarium should have 1 gallon of water for every inch of fully-grown fish.
  • The aquarium should be near a power source, in a low-traffic area, away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Water weighs about 8 pounds per gallon. Pick a very sturdy, stable base for
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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Betta Fish

Big fish in a small pond – or little fish in a small container?

The Siamese fighting fish, or betta, is a vibrantly-colored fish often seen swimming solo in brandy sniffers and ornamental vases in both the office and home. But do these small, aesthetically-pleasing fish bowls provide a healthy environment for the fish? Is the popular betta bachelor in need of a companion or is it better off living alone?

Read on and learn more about this graceful, multi-hued fish, and remember: If work or travel keeps you from home, always choose a professional pet sitter for your pet-sitting needs. You can find your local professional pet sitter on PSI’s Pet Sitter Locator.

History

The betta was first discovered in Southeast Asia. Making its home in rice paddies, drainage ditches and the warm flood plains of the region, the betta became accustomed to frequent storm flooding and devastating droughts. The cyclic, drastic changes in its environment helped the fish to adapt – becoming a true labyrinth fish. A labyrinth fish has the unique ability to breathe oxygen directly from the air and also take in oxygen from its gills. As a result, bettas and other labyrinth fish can survive

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Betta Fish: Facts and Why They’re Not ‘Starter Pets’

In the cruel pet trade, betta fish (aka “Siamese fighting fish”) are fighting for their lives. Pet shops, discount superstores, florists, and even websites sell bettas who are forced to live in minuscule cups, small bowls, and even flower vases. Many people who buy these fish on a whim don’t know enough—if anything—about proper betta care, which is more complex and expensive than they realize. On this page, learn why you should never buy bettas (or any other animal) from a pet store. If you already have a betta fish companion, we’ll show you how to give that animal the best possible life.

What’s in a Name?

While you may see bettas referred to as “Siamese fighting fish” or “labyrinth fish,” their scientific name is Betta splendens. No matter what they’re called, these fish are sensitive and complex individuals who suffer greatly when exploited in the pet trade.

Betta Fish Facts

Betta fish are native to Asia, where they live in the shallow water of marshes, ponds, or slow-moving streams. Male bettas are devoted fathers who build bubble nests for their young with their mouths and fiercely protect their babies from predators. Just like us, betta fish are diurnal

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