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Fun Facts

Fun Facts

Scientific Name
Betta splendens
Lifespan
2-3 years
Size
3" long
Habitat
Tropical, fresh water
Temperament
Solitary
Origin
Thailand

Betta fish are beautiful and calming to watch. Unlike most tropical fish, Bettas breathe by gulping air from the surface of the water. This allows them to live in non-aerated bowls and aquariums. Male Bettas will fight if kept together, but females can cohabitate in a large aquarium.

Environment

Environment

Betta fish are best kept individually, either in Betta bowls or in fish tanks smaller than five gallons. Community aquariums with other small, non-aggressive tropical fish are fine too, as long as there is only one Betta per tank. Keep the fish tank out of direct sunlight, and decorate with colorful gravel, rocks and plants.

Light

Light

Eight to twelve hours of light each day is recommended. Turn the light on when you feed your fish in the morning, and turn it off again at night, or use an automatic timer. An aquarium hood with built-in light fixtures will reduce water evaporation and splashing and keep your fish safe.

Heat

Heat

Keep your Betta’s water between 74 and 82°F. Buy a heater with five watts of power per gallon of water in your aquarium. Prevent hot spots and temperature variations in large aquariums by using two smaller heaters, one on each side of the aquarium, instead of a single, more powerful one.

Water

Water

If your Betta is in a bowl, completely change the water each week. In aquariums, replace 10% of the water with dechlorinated water each week. Every month, vacuum gravel, check filters, and replace 25% of the water. Always dechlorinate tap water before adding it to the tank, and avoid soaps and detergents, as these can be toxic to fish.

Food

Food

Adult Bettas should be fed as much as they will eat in two minutes, once each day. In addition to flaked or pelleted fish food, vary your Betta’s diet with frozen or freeze-dried brine shrimp, bloodworms, tubifex worms and more. Bettas are curious and will interact with people, so feeding time can also be playtime.