What You Need to Know: Betta Fish

Betta Fish FAQ:

In the world of fish keeping, Betta fishes are among the most popular and in-demand pet fish worldwide. This article will focus on the frequently asked questions about Betta fish keeping. Now, let’s start learning!

So, what exactly is a Betta Fish?

Betta fish is commonly known as Siamese fighting fish. They are known to be elegant, beautiful yet aggressive types of tropical fish.

Are there different variations of a Betta Fish?

Wild Betta fishes have a dull greyish green color with short fins but these fishes have been undergoing selective breeding over the years, thus creating variation.

Here are some of the most common kind Betta fish breeds which are named by the shape of their tails:

Crowntail

Famous for its royal look, Crowntail Betta possesses a spiky tail and fins that display elegance and beauty. Their tails contain their signature look which is the teardrop shape with webbing between the rays.

Delta/Super Delta

Bettas that are Delta and super delta have tails with straight caudal edges. They are quite similar to Halfmoon Bettas but their tail doesn’t reach 180 degrees.

Doubletail

Obvious of its name, DoubletailBettas have two distinct tails, each shaped like a half-moon. This trait sets them apart from similar-looking bettas, which have only single, split tails.

Half Sun/Combtail

These Bettas are usually bred by crossing a Veiltail Betta with a Crowntail Betta. The Combtail Betta boasts a slightly less spiky tail than the Crowntail Betta.

Halfmoon

Halfmoon Bettas are known to be the prettiest Betta breeds. These Bettas have a 180-degree, fan-like tail that resembles a “D” when fully flared. This long-finned Betta is known to have an unusual coloring.

Plakat

Known to be the ancestors of all Betta fish, Plakat Bettas have shorter tails with round or spade shapes. These Bettas are strong and very aggressive which makes them less prone to injury and disease.

Rosetail/Feathertail

Rosetail or Feathertail Bettas ports a fan-like tail, but has excessive branching and overlapping in its fin rays. Its appearance resembles the ruffled appearance of a rose.

Round Tail/Fan Tail

Obvious of its name, Round Tail Bettas has a single tail that’s round and full.

Veiltail

One of the most popular Betta fish breeds, Veiltail Bettas are known for their long, spectacular fins and bright colors. These Bettas are popular for their easygoing nature.

Do most Betta fishes look alike?

Well, not exactly. You see, selective breeding resulted in the wide classifications of Betta fish’s appearance. They can have short fins like wild Bettas or spectacularly colored and long-finned beauties. US Tropical Fish facebook and Instagram accounts showcase these marvelous fish.

What is the estimated life span of my Betta fish?

Bettas are vibrant and can live up to three to five years. In some rare cases, they can reach up to eight to nine years of age in captivity.

Is it true that my Betta fish is a low-maintenance kind of fish?

No, Betta Fish needs high maintenance and a specific type of care. They need clean water, ample space, and the right temperature requirements to stay healthy.

Here are the basic requirements and equipment in Betta Fishkeeping:

  • Nets

To safely and gently catch your Betta, use an extra-soft nylon cushion that doesn’t pull at fish scales.

  • Gravel Vacuum

Gravel Vacuum makes water changes easier with this double-duty cleaner, which siphons as it removes waste buildup from your gravel bed. This is very helpful for your Bettas.

  • Scraper

This equipment controls the growth of algae. It reaches areas that are harder to clean. Scraper makes regular aquarium maintenance easier.

  • Filtration

In a larger aquarium with filtration, be sure the intake and water outflow are gentle. If a single Betta is kept in a bowl environment, filtration may not be practical, so complete water changes should be performed weekly.

  • Heater& Thermometer

Heaters and thermometers ensure that the Bettas can have the ideal temperature for their environment. Temperature range between 73°F and 81°F (23°C – 27°C ).

Are Betta fishes carnivores?

Yes, these fishes are feeding primarily on insects and insect larvae in the wild. They thrive on protein-based frozen, pallet, and flake foods in aquariums.

              How often do I need to feed my Betta fish?

It is recommended to feed your betta fish two to four pellets, once or twice per day. Pellets expand when placed in water and are very filling for your betta fish.

Can my Betta fish get along with other fishes?

Yes, if your tank can accommodate the needs of the fish inside it. Note that, Betta fish need the right mix of non-aggressive fish to share their aquarium. Bettas usually attack scales, gills, and tails and will respond if bitten.

Avoid combining Bettas with……

  • Angel Fish
    • Red Tail Sharks
    • Gold Fish
    • Dwarf Gourami
    • Fishes that are larger than your Betta
    • Fishes that have similar fins with Bettas

Bettas are friendly with ……..

  • Cory catfish
  • Neon and ember tetras
  • Ghost shrimp
  • African dwarf frogs
  • Guppies
  • Kuhli loaches

In addition, a 10-gallon tank can comfortably house your Betta as well as 3-4 other fish. Bettas will not be happy in tanks that have a lot of ‘busy’ fish that are hyperactive and are always darting around. Instead, they prefer fish that are calmer and not too colorful.

I have two male Bettas. Is it a good idea to combine them in one tank?

No, it is not a good idea. Male Bettas are very aggressive. They are bred to fight with each other. Male Bettas are naturally territorial and will almost always show aggression when they encounter other males in the wild. Two male Bettas in the same tank will fight each other. Note that, Betta attacks can cause severe injury, infection, and even death, so keeping males separate is crucial to their well-being.

What are the things that I need to know before keeping a Betta?

 As stated above, Bettas need specific care. Here are additional tips:

  • Bettas should be kept in a filtered and heated aquarium.
  • Keep your water in the tank clean. Unclean tank causes fin rot and diseases for Bettas.
  • Five gallons aquariums are ideal for Betta fish keeping.
  • The ideal tank temperature for Betta fish is between 73°F and 81°F (23°C – 27°C ).
  • Betta fishes live longer and healthier lives when they have ample space.
  • The tank habitat for Betta fish includes plants, rocks and decors.
  • The plants should be real or silk plants to avoid cutting through the Betta’s fins.
  • The rocks can be lava rocks or any type provided that it is not sharp.
  •  Decors should be also big enough to give Bettas a place to hide when they want to.

A HEALTHY Betta Fish has ……

  • a bright and vibrant color,
  • smooth and gliding movements,
  • healthy appetite,
  • clean, and unblemished
  • tails and fins that are not drooping

Betta fish makes an engaging pet for people of all ages but one should be enthusiastic in carrying the responsibility of keeping it. Research and gathering of facts should be considered before deciding to keep a Betta. Indeed, Betta fish keeping is a wonderful experience and a life-changing responsibility. One should try it to truly enjoy it!

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