How do you care for a betta fish?

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asked Aug 19 in Fish by Abiel (790 points)
How do you care for a betta fish?

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answered Aug 19 by Valenzuela (2,240 points)

To care for betta fish you need to make sure you feed them often enough and keep their water in the fish tank clean by changing the fish tank water for the betta fish often enough.

Also make sure to use a filter to filter and move the water around in the fish tank.

Betta Fish are known for their jewel-bright colors and spectacular fins and come in a wide variety of morphs.

They have been referred to as Siamese fighting fish due to the male betta's extreme aggressiveness toward other bettas.

A well-balanced Betta diet consists of:

  • A variety of flakes, pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms and frozen food to ensure complete nutrition.

Things to remember when feeding your Betta:

  • Feed sparingly and no more than fish can eat in 1 to 2 minutes; overfeeding can quickly foul the water, especially in smaller, unfiltered aquariums.
  • Thaw frozen foods before feeding.
  • Baby bettas require a smaller pellet or finely crushed flake food when when feeding.
  • Keep in an appropriately sized aquarium. Bettas must be able to breathe from the surface of the water. They prefer water with little or no current.
  • Male bettas are kept individually and do best in habitats of one liter (approximately a quarter of a gallon) or larger. Male bettas can live successfully in a community tank that does not have aggressive fish (such as tiger barbs) or fish that bettas may become aggressive toward (such as fancy guppies). Female bettas may be housed with other community fish or other female bettas.
  • Stable water quality and parameters are critical to the health of aquatic life. If you are unsure of your water quality, Petco provides free water testing.
  • Bettas breathe from the water's surface with their labyrinth organ in addition to their gills.
  • Bettas will "flare" fins when threatened or disturbed and to show aggression.
  • Male bettas will attack other male bettas and males have also been known to attack similar-looking fish and fish with flowing fins.
  • Daily: check filter, water temperature and other equipment (if used).
  • Weekly: check water quality at least once a week. Do a 50% water change for small habitats (less than 2 gallons) once a week. In larger aquariums, change 10 to 25% of the total volume of water every 2 to 4 weeks, or more often as needed.

Male bettas must be kept in individual tanks or be the only betta in a community aquarium.

Female bettas can be kept in a community tank. Do not keep male and female bettas together.

Female Betta fish can live together in the same tank.

Although don't put male betta fish together in the same tank as they will fight and likely end up killing each other.

But most female betta fish are great and okay together in the same tank.

You can put two or more betta fish together, but you must follow some rules to prevent not only duels-to-the-death but the more common bullying.

Male & Male
Don’t put two males together. They will fight until one is dead.

Female & Female

You can put two or more females together, but this is something that must be done cautiously.

If you put more than two females together, then you must introduce the same number at the same time.

If you want to have three females, you must introduce them all at the same time.

If you add 1 + 2, then there will be bullying of the one. Consider these possibilities:

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