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Betta Care

Tips on how to care for your betta fish.

Overview

Bettas are known as Betta Splendens or Siamese fighting fish.

Do not put more than one betta in an aquarium. Bettas will fight each other to the death if two or more bettas are put in the same aquarium.

Bettas come from rice paddies in the wild and normally live in small pockets of water. They do not need an air pump and can live in a betta aquarium and feel right at home. Male bettas by nature blow a bubble-nest at the top of the aquarium. They do this as part of their breeding ritual. If a male betta pairs with a female betta, the male will collect the eggs and place them into the bubble-nest for fertilization and incubation. Do not be alarmed if you do not see a bubble-nest forming, a male betta can live without mating perfectly fine.

Feeding tips (Perfectly Sized Pellet)

For a 1.5 inch betta (from tip of nose to base of tail, before fin), feed three pellets of Betta Bio-Gold up to three times daily. Add 1 pellet per 1/4 inch of growth, never feeding more than 5 pellets at one feeding. Additional feedings can be made if they are at least three hours apart and at least that amount of time before all lights are out in the room. During feedings, feed one pellet at a time and make sure the betta completely consumes each pellet. Do not overfeed. Overfeeding can be detrimental to the betta and the water quality. Remove any uneaten food after the feeding period.

Feeding tips (Baby Pellet)

For a 1.5 inch betta (from tip of nose to base of tail, before fin), feed six pellets of Betta Micro Pellets in the morning and six at night. Add two pellets per 1/4 inch of growth, never feeding more than six pellets at one feeding. Additional feedings can be made if they are at least two hours apart and at least that amount of time before all lights are out in the room. More feedings will improve growth for your betta. During feedings, feed one pellet at a time and make sure the betta completely consumes each pellet. Do not overfeed. Overfeeding can be detrimental to the betta and the water quality. Remove any uneaten food after the feeding period.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Change some water weekly with a water conditioner to remove chloramines, chlorine and ammonia that is the same temperature as the water you are replacing.
When cleaning the aquarium do not use household cleaners. Simply use warm water and a clean brush or sponge.

Do not place betta in direct sunlight or near heaters or air conditioners or where rapid temperature changes are possible.

Water change option 1: Full water change

Fill a separate container with water.

Add Betta Ultimate ® water conditioner to the new water (1 drop for every 16oz of water). Betta Ultimate ® will ensure that the water is free of chlorine, chloramines, and heavy metals which can harm the betta. The use of Reverse Osmosis with de-ionization is acceptable also. Do not use regular drinking water without Betta Ultimate ®.

Make sure the water temperature of the new water is similar to the water in the betta's aquarium. Temperature fluctuations can be stressful to the fish. Perform a touch test, use your finger and touch the water in the aquarium and then touch the new water and make sure the temperature feels the same.

You can net the betta from the aquarium or pour out the betta from the aquarium into a net.

Put the betta into newly prepared water.

Empty old water.

Pour new water with betta into aquarium.

Water change option 2: Partial water change

Follow steps 1 (one) through three (3) under full water change above.

Pour out half the water out of the aquarium. You do not have to remove the betta.

Add new water.

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