Betta Fish Care:
Betta fish tank. This item includes
a 1.5 gallon bowl.
this bowl away from sources of hot and cold air such as heaters, heater
vents, cold or sunny windows, drafts, air conditioner vents, etc.
It's is important that this bowl be kept cool at about 65 to 75 degrees
F. Put it in a place away from extremes of hot and cold.
you go to a pet store, you'll find rows of small bowls, each containing
one colorful fish. These are male Siamese fighting fish (more properly
known as a betta) and the way you find them in the pet store is essentially
how they should be kept.
Bettas can be kept in small containers because they are able to breathe
air, like humans, as well as water. Keep the water between 70 and
80 degrees, and don't let the temperature change too quickly. Keep
the bowl away from appliances that produce a lot of heat.
IMPORTANT BETTA FISH CARE: Only ONE betta per bowl! They're called
"fighting fish" for a reason. They are highly territorial animals
and will react violently if two are placed in the same container.
You can see the preliminary phase of their fighting, the threat display,
if you put a mirror up against the bowl. Notice the raised gill covers,
which makes the betta look bigger.
Change the water in the bowl when it starts to look cloudy, about
once a week. Let the water age at least 24 hours, to release some
of the chemicals. After transfering the betta to a container (with
either the old water or the water you're going to use) clean the bowl
with mild soap, and rinse thoroughly. Also rinse any decorations (rocks,
shells, plastic plants, etc.) before filling the bowl with the aged
water, and releasing your Siamese fighting fish.
The pet store where you bought your betta will have food as well,
probably freeze-dried blood worms. Feed your Siamese fighting fish
two or three times a day, only what he will eat in a few minutes.
Overfeeding will make the water cloud faster, and your betta will
be more likely to get ill.
One last note: pet stores usually don't carry female bettas, because
they tend to be less colorful and showy than the males. Also, people
are usually just looking for a nice pet, not a breeding hobby. If
this is your intention, then I suggest doing some serious research
before you start!
The hardest thing about having a beautiful betta fish tank is the set up. Which isn't hard to do! You will find yourself with a beautiful betta fish tank that is easy to maintain.
- Wash the betta fish tank and stones.Wash the betta fish tank and the stones or gems. This will rinse off the dirt that clings to them as well as any tiny bits of glass.
- Add the stones to the bottom of the jar.Cover the bottom about 1" with stones. You don't want to use all of your stones because you will want some for the top. But you don't want to skimp out on the bottom.
- Condition your water.Add about five to ten drops of conditioner to the water to remove the chlorine. This is important to make your water safe for your fish. You can use bottled water, but over time this can get expensive.
- Wash the roots of your plant.Soak the roots of your plant and rinse them very well. You will probably need to make some early water changes because it will take a while for all of the dirt to leave the roots of your plant.
- Cut a hole in the plastic tray or clear plastic cup.You don't want this hole to be too large, but it should be large enough to fit the plant through there.
- Put the plant in the plastic dish. Gently press the roots through the hole in the plastic dish.
- Gently place the fish in the jar. Gently scoop your fish up with the net and place it in the jar.
- Add the plant. Set the plant so that it rests in the neck of the betta fish tank.
- Fill the plastic dish or cup with decorative stones.This just adds a nice touch and helps weigh it down to make it something worth looking at.
- Finally, add the ribbon or beads.Finish your betta fish tank off by wrapping ribbon or a string of beads around the neck of the betta fish tank. This is the perfect touch for the perfect jar.
You will now have a beautiful decorative betta fish tank to place as a centerpiece or to use as decoration around the house. You can also use them to decorate at parties and then let them go home with guests who are interested in keeping them. You should feed them according to the directions. Once a week, stir up the rocks on the bottom, being careful of your fish. Gently dump off about half the water. Add fresh water conditioner and then fill it back up. Make sure to leave about 1 - 1.5 inches of room between the water line and the neck of the tank. Once a month, gently scoop up your fish and do a complete water change. It is as simple as that and adds beauty to your home.
Fish Care: Recommended
Floating Flake Food and Delecta™ Freeze Dried Blood Worms both made
by Tetra™ and available in most pet stores and Wal-Mart Stores. We
also feed the fish in our fish bowls a few live Black Worms three
days a week and occasionally some live or frozen brine shrimp. A little
bit of live food is very good, but too much seems to cause problems.
Pellet food for bettas, like TopFin's Betta Bits or Hikari's betta pellet food, is touted as being the most nutritious and well-balanced diet for bettas and even enhances their color, but too much of a good thing might do some harm. It's okay to feed a betta 3-4 pellets twice a day, or 4-5 pellets once a day (more or less, according to the instructions on the package). Special care abput constipation or swim bladder disorder.
feed all the inhabitants of my fish bowls a few Black Worms every
It's important to supplement with other types of food, cecause betta fish tend to eat a lot of one kind of food, including: Freeze-dried foods, Freeze-dried brine shrimp and bloodworms are an easy and quick way to vary the betta's diet. And a container can last a very long time.
Fish Care: Compatibility.
can add an African Dwarf Frog, but it will need to eat live food such
as live Black Worms at least three times a week.
Fish Care: Why
Does This Fish Bowl Kit Work?
visitors to this site have sent us Feedback saying that they were
worried that one Betta and two Aquatic Snails are too many animals
in one bowl. We appreciate their concern for these animals, and it
might seem like too many animals. But the crucial test is to actually
try it, and we have tried it many many times. It works. Why?
gallons is 6 quarts and that's a pretty big fish bowl. We might
put one Betta in a half gallon bowl but 1.5 gallons is much better.
we recommend putting the bowl in a cool part of your home where
the water is 65 to 75 degrees F. not 78 to 80. The lower temperature
allows more oxygen in the water and less fish waste because the
animals' metabolism is slower.
cultured gravel provides a lot of surface area that is covered
with the essential nitrifying bacteria that turn fish waste into
recommend that you change 20% of the water at least twice a week
and replace it with bottled drinking water.
recommend that you feed Tetra BettaMin and Tetra Delecta Freeze
Dried Blood Worms, because these foods float and leave less residue
than most foods.
strongly recommend you check your fish bowl 10 minutes after each
feeding. If there is any uneaten food, remove it with a small
animals are adults and have low metabolic rates. Why is that important?
Because they'll metabolize less food, so they'll eat less food,
so they'll produce less waste, the water will stay clean, and
they'll remain healthy.
Fish Care: We
know that one small goldfish will not do well in a fish bowl,
so we don't recommend putting goldfish in bowls. It took us a long
time to find the unique combination of this large bowl with the right
amount of cultured gravel, food, and animals that fit together and
do very well together.
isn't just a "first thing I thought of" combination that
might work. It's the pieces of a puzzle that finally fitted together
to produce a combination that does work.
Fish Care: Cautionary
couple of good folks have sent comments saying that they took this
plan for this kit, then went out and "bought all the parts and
put it together, but it doesn't seem to be working." We checked
and found out they had gravel but not cultured gravel, or they couldn't
find any Aquatic Snails.
cultured gravel and the Aquatic Snails are essential, and this combination
doesn't work well without them. We'll be glad to ship you the cultured
gravel and the Aquatic Snails, or the entire kit, and anything else
you need. But please for sake of the animals do the entire plan, or
it may not work.
Fish Care: Size
and Life Span. Most of these animals can live for 2 to 3 years
in this fish bowl.
Care. Do not use any plants except the natural water plants
that are not toxic to the fish. The plants' roots grow down into
the water and absorbs small amounts of waste produced by the betta
fish. The plant also produces oxygen into the air. If the plants'
root grows too large or becomes brown and soggy, you may cut them
back. If the plant becomes too massive at the top (leaves) you may
separate the plant and plant that part of the plant that is not
being used. One of the best water plant to use is the Chinese Evergreen,
it tolerates very low lighting and it's a hydroponic plant. Note:
Our plants have been preconditioned, this procedure prepares the
plant's roots for aquatic adaptation.
More info: www.bettafish.com