What About Adding Betta Fish In Your Aquarium?

What About Adding Betta Fish In Your Aquarium?

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Betta is a large genus of small, often colorful, freshwater ray-finned fishes in the gourami family (Osphronemidae). By far the best known Betta species, however, is Betta splendens (the Siamese fighting fish). With their vibrant colors and long, flowing tails, betta splendens are thought by many to be some of the nicest looking freshwater fish around. It is often said that betta fish require very little relative to other fish in order to survive and thrive; whereas most fish may require elaborate setups with filters, skimmers, heaters and more, the betta is fine in a small bowl without any equipment. This is not necessarily the case.

Temperament:
Betta fish are a temperamental fish that portrays an awesome personality to behold in the home aquarium. The male betta fish along with the female betta fish will both flare out or display their gill plates towards other fish in an act to show hostility, spawning activities, or when it feels threatened. This cool display is natural and is used to intimidate other fish. If you hold a mirror up to your betta fish you will see a cool show that can actually last a very long time. This act is very similar to that of a turkey or a peacock displaying their colors when they are about to fight. Both the male and female betta fish can be aggressive towards other fish. Males especially will fight and nip fins of other male beta fish.

Size:
Bettas will grow to an average size of 2.5 – 3 inches.

Diet:
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. Commercial betta food or pellets are best because it combines all three foods, in addition to vitamins and minerals. This improves the betta's brilliant coloring and longevity. It is a common misconception that peace lilies or plant roots grown out of "betta vases" can sustain the fish. Nothing could be farther than the truth! Bettas cannot survive on plant roots and need a diet high in protein and fiber to survive.

Environment:
Betta fishes 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.