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Betta fish care

Betta Fish Care

The Siamese fighting fish or the betta fish is a freshwater fish that is very famous primarily because of the bright and vibrant colors that they come in and caring for betta fish is relatively easy as compared to other fish.

However, there a few points that you need to keep in mind and if you are bringing it home, the first question that cones to your mind is how to care for betta fish. This fish can manage in a small bowl or tank but if you can provide them with a large tank, they will be more than happy.

The amount of water that you put in the tank depends on the size of the tank. If you are using a small tank or a fish bowl of glass or plastic, you will need half a gallon of water or more for one betta fish and incase you want to put a number of male and female betta fish, a divided tank is preferred.

No matter which tank you use to keep the fish, you will need food for betta fish, aquarium gravel, plants that are either live or plastic, pH test kit and gravel vacuum.   

Water is an important consideration for betta fish care wherein tap water is safe for them but before you use this water it must be left standing for around 24 hours so that it comes down to room temperature and is conditioned. If you get hard water, you might have to make the use of water treatment chemicals in order to remove chlorine and other such contaminants. Betta fish caring also includes appropriate temperature of the water and a temperature between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect. However, these fish can survive in lower and even higher temperatures provided the change in temperature is not sudden. Food is an important aspect of care of betta fish and they normally prefer feeding on live food. You can however, give them dried food that is frozen as that turns out to be a more economical option. If your betta fish are babies, they need to be fed twice in a day and adult fish should be given food once a day. The best way to ensure betta fish health is by making sure that the tank is kept clean on a regular basis which in turn will also protect them for all the betta fish diseases.

  Submitted on July 22, 2010