6 Simple Steps to Care For Your Betta Fish
Betta fish seem to be populating homes everywhere nowadays. They are beautiful creatures that require very little maintenance for a pet. Whether it’s their vibrant colors or graceful swimming you’re attracted to, there are several things you need to know before you bring home your betta.
Step 1: Make sure you consult with a knowledgeable source when choosing the betta fish you will bring home. Purchase a book on the care of betta fish at the same time.
Step 2: Purchase a tank for your fish that holds at least 1 gallon of water. Purchase a thermometer for the tank and gravel and plants for decoration. The gravel must be aquarium gravel and the plants should be silk plants or live plants. Purchase betta food (flakes) or live food such as bloodworms, brine shrimp or insect larvae.
Step 3: Prepare the tank for the fish. (In the meantime, the fish can live in the container it comes home in.) Rinse the gravel and decorations until the water runs clear. Place the gravel and decorations inside the aquarium and add tap water to the aquarium.
Step 4: Wait 24 hours in order to allow the tap water to age and settle at room temperature. Release your fish into his new environment. Make sure that the location of the aquarium is out of direct sunlight, as well out of the way of any drafts.
Step 5: Feed your betta fish twice a day if it’s a baby and once a day if it’s an adult. Use a net to remove any food that hasn’t been eaten after a few minutes. Take extra precautions not to overfeed your fish. Betta will overfeed on live food in particular. It’s even okay to skip a feeding once a week in order to help your betta’s digestive system.
Step 6: Plan to clean the tank often. If your tank is less than a gallon, it needs to be changed every other day. If it’s over a gallon, it can be changed every 3-5 days. Remember that the tap water you put into the tank must be aged each and every time you refill the tank. When cleaning and refilling the tank, do not forget to clean the gravel and decorations as well.
By following these steps, you should be able to enjoy your betta for a while; betta fish have a life span of 2-3 years!