Caring For Betta Fish - 10 Important Tips to Keep in Mind

Caring for Betta fish is relatively easy for fish lovers, and if you love to have colorful fishes on your fish bowls, the Betta fish is a good choice for you. The Betta fish originated in the rice paddies in Thailand but can generally survive in your fish bowl, given the right water temperature and care as well.

To guide you in caring for Betta fish, here are 10 things that you have to consider.

1. Put only one male Betta in one bowl. Do not put male Bettas together. The Betta fish is also called the Siamese fighting fish and indeed, the male Bettas can be very aggressive and can fight each other to death. If you want to take care of Betta, you can start with only one male Betta in a fish bowl.

2. Always maintain a water temperature of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for your Betta fish. Although the Bettas can survive in temperatures slightly lower or higher than this, it may not be comfortable for the Betta and may cause sluggishness or hyperactivity of the fishes.

3. Do not overfeed the Betta fish. One of the very important tips that you have to remember in caring for Betta fish is to make sure that you do not feed them more than they can eat for the day. The Bettas can continue to eat as long as there is food available and that may lead to their deaths as well. Keep in mind too that these fishes can live a day without meals, thus it may be alright not to feed them in a day than overfeeding them to death.

4. Maintain the right acidity of the fish bowl water. This type of fish can ideally survive in a water with acidity of pH equal to 7.

5. Avoid putting your fish bowl in direct sunlight or near the vents in a room that may change the water temperature higher or lower. Putting them in direct sunlight can freak out the Bettas.

6. Cover your fish bowl to avoid the fish from jumping out of his tank. This type of fish can jump to their deaths and for sure, you would not want to find your fish bowl empty when you get home.

7. Avoid putting plastic structures on your fish tank that can tear or damage the fins of the Bettas. Instead, add some live plants that will also serve as their hiding place. You can add rocks but make sure they are not too rough for the Betta fishes.

8. Change their water once a week and make sure there are no rotten food left in the tank. Rotten food can be harmful to your Betta as well. In changing the water of your fish bowl, make sure that you restore the right water temperature, acidity and volume.

9. Adding a little aquarium salt on the Betta's aquarium water will also help make the fish tank's water drive away fungus and parasites.

10. Although you can't keep two or male Bettas together, you can however put one male Betta with a few female Bettas but sometimes you have to be careful as well, as this can also attack other female Bettas together.