Many people get their first betta fish spontaneously when they don’t really know how to properly care for it. Fortunately, there are very few things to know that are vital to the health of your fish. If you are going to keep your fish in a betta bowl, then you should learn these basics.
Bettas are freshwater fish. They are unique in many ways which makes caring for them easier than the many other species of fish. Siamese fighting fish breathe air and extract oxygen from it rather than relying solely on the oxygen in their fish bowls or aquariums. This allows them to live in smaller fish tanks than many other fish. However, they do not thrive in such conditions. Like other fish, they prefer more water. If you are gonig to use a betta bowl to house your fish you should be willing and ready to change the water at least once per week as wastes can build up quickly in tiny containers.
Feed sparingly. Bettas do not need a lot of food. A high quality food such as Atison’s Betta Starter comes in pellet form. All your fish needs is a few pellets twice daily. Feeding more than this will just foul up the water at a faster rate.
Exercise your betta. Your betta will be much happier if you give it a reason to enjoy life. In the wild bettas live to spawn. In a betta bowl, they can quickly lsoe this instinct. One way to stimulate their activity level is to show them another fish for 15 minutes once a day. You can achieve this either by using a mirror to ‘pretend’ there is another fish nearby, or by keeping two male bettas in separate tanks and letting them see each other on a regular basis (but not constantly). You will know your fish is happy and healthy in his betta bowl if he flares when he sees his reflection or another fish.
These are the basics needed to help ensure your betta remains in top shape in his betta bowl. Once you learn more about your fish, why not try giving him a bigger fish tank! Then you can learn to breed bettas easily.!