- Posted January 14, 2014 by
Betta Fish Care Tips
Betta Fish Care
Betta splendens also known as the Siamese fighting fish is the most common species that is kept and bred, among a variety of species of Betta. The name "Betta" is said to be derived from an ancient Asian warrior clan known as the Bettah, although some accounts differ. Bettas have their origin in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam where, some 150 years ago, the sport of fighting Bettas was actually regulated and taxed by the King of Siam. The original Bettas were not fancy and colourful as they are now. Those traits were bred in over the years as Betta made their way from being warrior fish to prized tropical aquarium fish.
Betta fish care includes all about caring for your Betta fish from buying and safely transporting them to breeding them. Although Betta fish may appear to act strangely when compared to other aquarium fish, you must remember that Bettas are not like any other aquarium fish at all. Believe it or not, as your Betta gets to know you, and especially as he comes to know you as his caretaker, he may do a little happy dance or wag his tail as you approach his bowl. And they’re not always begging for food often, they just want your attention. Some Bettas have been known to stick their heads out of the water for a little pat. If you do touch your Betta, be careful not to disturb the slime coat. It’s there to protect the fish from infections and disease.
One of the main keys to Betta fish care is feeding it properly. If you feed your Betta fish the wrong food you are going to end up with sick Betta fish. You can feed your Betta fish with Betta fish specific food pallet but it is preferable to instead use live and frozen foods. Betta fish are carnivorous and feed on a diet of Zooplankton and water bound insect larvae and mosquito larvae when they are in the wild. When Betta fish are raised in captivity this diet is replaced with bloodworms, brine shrimp and daphnia. Make sure to include these three foods as the basis of your Betta fish diet.
The main thing that’s so great about Betta is how smart, aware of what’s going on, and affectionate they are. Their enthusiasm is what makes Bettas so amazing. Unlike the stereotype of dumb fish, Bettas possess strong and unique personalities. Some are super mellow, while others will flare at anything they see. They even have unique ways of flaring too.
The next step in Betta fish care is to avoid putting two males together! That’s the surest way to prevent them from fighting. If you wish to introduce a female to the environment, do not hurry. Start by putting the female into a tank and placing it next to the male’s tank. Let the male get accustomed of seeing her for a week or so. Then place her to the male environment. Ifyou notice any signs of aggression, remove the female and begin the process of familiarization again until the male finally accepts the female. Sometimes, for no reason that we understand, a male will reject one female yet accept another. Try switching females if you continue to have a problem.
So, you can make your Betta the happiest, safest, healthiest, most cared-for and indeed the most spoiled little fish in the world by following the simple tips mentioned above.