Betta, the king of ornamental fish, is enough to make a dull corner of the house instantly light up with its vibrant, pretty fins. However, there is much more to just owning a betta fish. If you’re someone who walked into an aquarium store and walked out with a pretty fighter fish in the bowl, these tips will help improve your pet’s diet, habitat and health.
As beginners, most aquarium keepers choose bowls over tanks; but, bowls should never be used to keep betta. While many owners make do with a 4-litre tank, the recommended tank size for raising this exotic fish breed is a tank capacity of not less than 20 litres. In the absence of a filtration unit, clean the tank every week; otherwise, once in two weeks.
The idea behind raising fish in a domestic environment is to replicate the sea. Add decorations so the betta has elements to hide and play around with. Go for aquatic plants in the corners or caves that the fish can feel comfortable in. Plastic plants and decoration items can tear your betta’s fins, so always go natural while setting up your tank.
Notice how it is always betta fish in a tank and not fishes? Unlike other schooling fishes, this species swim alone and are not made for company and will fight with each other, regardless of gender. So, it is always betta (pun intended) to house them alone.
While many think heaters and filters unnecessary additions, they are important to maintain fish health. If you live in a place with harsh winters and relatively cold summers, please keep tank heaters in place, as betta is a tropical fish breed. However, use filters with a low flow as these fish are not known for their swimming prowess.
Pointers on diet
Betta diet is not rocket science. While busy betta parents have a tough time switching from regular to a much-varied palate, other non-bottled dietary options include fish flakes, betta pellets, frozen food and live food like worms and insect; just remember to rinse live food ahead. A young betta needs to be fed two times a day, ideally six pellets per meal. But, as a rule of thumb, feed as much they can finish in less than two minutes.