Betta

Common Name: Bettas
Latin Name: Betta Splendens
Origin: Thailand
Temperature: 78-80°F (26-27°C)
Ease Of Keeping: Easy
Aggressivness: Very Aggressive
Lighting: Nothing special
Adult Size: 1 1/2” – 2” (5cm)
Minimum Tank Size: 1 gallon
Spawning Method: Bubblenester

Hi! If your reading this then congratulations on getting your new betta! Or congratulations for study about your betta before purchasing! Bettas make great pets, require very little care and are so much fun to watch! They come in a whole array of colors, with each one having their own personality. Be careful, it’s very easy to become a bettaholic!

So lets start with the basics. Betta Splendens originated in Thailand, from the slow running rice paddy fields. Once discovered people found out that the males were ferocious towards each other and very territorial. People soon made a sport out of them, by fighting them and gambling, much like dog fighting or chicken fighting, hence the name Siamese Fighting Fish. Which is why you always see them sitting in separate cups at the petstores. Never put male bettas together! They will fight until one kills the other.

Now what will be your bettas new home?
Your betta will need atleast a gallon container to live in. Many of the betta containers you see at the stores are way to small for your betta. Sitting at the store in a small cup for weeks is bad enough, he shouldn’t have to live in one for his whole life though. In anything under a gallon your bettas water will have to be changed everyday to every other day, which can be very stressful on your betta. Not to mention if you don’t change his water often enough that can also stress him out. In small containers ammonia builds up very rapidly, which can lead to a whole list of diseases and can even burn your betta. As reference for your container a one gallon container should be changed every 3 days. But every betta is different so I suggest getting…. An ammonia test kit. Test everyday from the first day you change his water, when you get an ammonia reading then you know how many days you can go inbetween water changes. Adding plants such as Java Moss or Java Fern, which are low light plants, help keep the water cleaner inbetween changes. Bettas can tolerate pH levels from 6.4 to 7.4 but would much rather have it between 6.8 and 7.0. Some people use bottled spring water. I wouldn’t recommend doing this unless you know for sure your always going to have some on hand. The bottled water’s pH is more then likely different from your tap water pH, and everytime you switch between the two you are putting more stress on your betta because he has to adjust to the new pH. If you live in the city then you will also need to get a water conditioner that removes chlorine and chloramines. These can be deadly to your betta. Most people also prefer to age their water for atleast 24 hours. This helps to get the extra oxygen out from running it from the tap. The bubbles from unaged water can result in gill burn if they get on your betta.

Let’s not forget that your Betta is a Tropical fish. Bettas prefer temperatures between 78 and 82 degrees. The will tolerate temps as low as 70 but I would make sure to have my temperature higher then that. Some won’t mind it in the 70’s but some get lethargic and stressed being in that cool of waters. If your house stays cool I would recommend getting a Junior Heater which means you will have to upgrade your bettas home to atleast a 2 gallon, but it’s worth it and I’m sure your betta won’t be complaining.

Now that we have down the water basics, what will you feed your betta?
You can find many varieties of betta pellets, flakes and treats. A varied diet is always best! Most bettas will only eat the pellets and not even touch the flakes, and some are just the opposite. A staple diet of pellets or flakes will suffice. But your betta does get tired of eating the same old thing all the time. You can feed your betta freeze dried bloodworms or freeze dried brine shrimp, or a wide variety of frozen foods that include both above, plus beefheart, tubifex worms or baby brine shrimp. Then there is the list of live foods such as black worms, white worms, baby brine shrimp, tubifex worms or mosquito larvae. These should only be given on a treat basis, about 2-3 times a week.

So you want to decorate your betta bowl?
Well that’s just fine! Your betta will thank you. There is a world of possibility of how you can decorate, just stay away from plastic plants! Bettas long frilly fins hang and tear very easily, esp. on sharp plastic edges. Only have silk or live plants. Try to stay away from adding an sort of seashells, which can raise the pH and make the water hard. As stated before Java Moss or Java Ferns would be perfect for your betta. These plants require no special lighting and reproduce quite quickly. Plus your betta’s love to nap, so why not give them a comfy bed of java moss or a nice leave to use as a hammock?

Following the above instructions will help you and your betta enjoy it’s life, full of energy and spunk! Enjoy!

Betta Basics

Bettas need the following:
At least a “one-half gallon” bowl or tank. Depending on the size of your “vase” and your betta, it must have adequate water in it. A little more is even better, but they do “not” need 5 gallons of water, a heater (unless you live in the arctic) or a lot (if any) mechanical aeration. I have several in l gallon bowls, some in 2 l/2 gallon tanks with undergravel filter, rocks, plant and light and 3 in a ten gallon divided tank with undergravel filter, rocks and a plant in each section. Do not use “lead” crystal bowls or vases as the lead contained in this glass will kill a betta. Also they have to have “air” at the top of whatever you keep them in. Do not cover a bowl (or vase) with plastic wrap, live plant in a cup or glass unless you do have some type of mechanical aeration, as they will suffocate. They have what is called a labyrinth organ. This means that they can breathe “our” air and need this at the surface of their water in order to live. However, bettas are “jumpers” also, and you need to be careful and cover the tops of containers with screen or something so that he won’t jump to his death on the countertop. They can survive for several hours out of the water, but I don’t think any of us want that for our pet until he can be discovered.

They need clean water and a plant to “rest” on. Rocks are optional. The rocks are more for our benefit of “decorating” and hiding waste. The bowls (vases) can become somewhat bothersome as you have to change “all” the water at least 2 to 3 times a “week”, but my feeling is if we don’t want to take the time to do this when it needs it, then we shouldn’t keep them. A 100 percent water change will not hurt them. As with any animal, their urine produces ammonia, and if the water is left unchanged, it will poison the fish. I want to show them off, not make excuses for their dirty water. Make sure that you “condition” (remove chlorine and chloramine from tap water) the water with a product to do this every time you change their water. Just running water from the tap and leaving it set overnight will not permit all the “chemicals” of city water to dissipate. There are many different kinds on the market, and your LPS (local pet shop/store) can advise you as to what product they carry. They all work the same way. I also add 1 teasp. of “aquarium” salt per 1 gallon of water when I do the water changes in the bowls. (This can also be purchased at LPS. They like the salt and it helps to fight disease. As closely as possible, try to make sure the water used for changing is the same temp. they were in before. The water should not be “distilled”.

They need to be “fed” twice a day. I usually do this in the am and then again in the pm. If instructions came with your betta that you don’t need to feed because he will eat the roots from the plant, that is a lie. They need food, particularly protein and fat. I feed a variety, but mostly I use what is called “betta bites”. You don’t need to feed but about 4 or 5 “grains” of this to be adequate, depending on his size. However, do not “overfeed”. This creates waste and any leftover food fouls the water. You can fill in with frozen or dried blood worms and frozen brine shrimp every once in a while as a treat. There is also a product called “Betta Biogold” that is very good.

Now, a very strong word of advise here. You CAN NOT put two males together. They are a very territorial fish and two males will spar until one will eventually kill the other. Some do keep bettas in a community tank, but I don’t advise this practice. Because of their long, flowing fins, they catch the eye of many fish who like to nip and chase. You will find that you have one of two things. Either the betta will become stressed and worn out from trying to run away from these fish which will rip and tear at his fins, or you will find your betta becomes aggressive and fights with the other fish in your tank. Don’t keep a male with females either. They tend to fight trying to spawn and “someone” is bound to get hurt.

There is a world-wide craze of placing the betta in a vase with a lily growing out of the top and the roots dangling in the water. This “decoration” is overpriced, not constructed properly and most times the instruction and care of this is not correct. If you so desire to purchase or construct a vase of this type, please adhere to the above directions for care of the fish. The main things you need to remember are: The fish has to have air at the surface; it needs to be fed protein, meat and fat and only eats the roots of the plant in order to keep from starving to death; and the water needs to be changed frequently.

Once you learn the ins and outs of betta keeping, they are easy to keep. They originated in the “stagnant”, still waters of Thailand and because of the labyrinth, they can survive in very little, dirty puddles of water. But since we are keeping them as pets, and they are so beautiful and have such neat personalities, I am sure none of us want them to be kept that way. There are many books to be found and many sites on the net concerning care of these fish. By adhering to the above instructions, you should have a happy, healthy, thriving betta who will repay you every time you come close to him by dancing, flaring and showing you how much he appreciates the care you are giving him.

Betta Fin Varieties

Common Name : Betta, Siamese Fighting Fish
Latin Name : Betta splendens
Origin : Thialand
Temperature : 70-80°F (21-27°C)
Ease Of Keeping : Easy
Aggressivness : Very agressive towords eachother
Lighting : Normal
Adult Size : 3″
Minimum Tank Size : 1/2 gallon
Feeding : Pellets,Bloodworms
Spawning Method : Put one male betta in a half full10 gallon tank until he makes a bubble nest then add the female.

Veil Fin: A pet store Betta found in any pet store. In fact most Betas found in pet stores are Veil fin. This kind of Betta is a mutt, not a pure breed, it’s usually a cross breed between two pure breed Betas. This particular fish has a variety off colors blue, royal blue, red, rainbow, green and more.

Crown Tail: This kind of Betta is a very beautiful Betta with fins that look like a crown. Its one of the newest kind of Bettas and may come in different colors. I personally would name this my favorite Betta.

Comb Tail: A genetic feature that makes this kind of Betas fins spread thus looking like a comb.

Half Moon: This is actually a Betta with fins spread out at 180 degrees thus looking like a half moon. Half moons were a very rare type of Betta, but now are common with many different colors to chose from.

Double tail: Basically a Betta with two tail lobes it also has twice a dorsal fin. Its actually said that it is double the Price Image. It is one of the largest Bettas.

Delta tail: Delta tail was actually the reason a Half Moon Betta exsist. It was the first step. The Delta tails tail is actually close to a triangular shape.

Fan Tail: A fan tail Betta almost looks like a oriental fan. Its basically a spread tail with rounded edges.

7 Questions For Betta Keepers

cat’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
Two soon to be three — four if my boss can find the right red & gold and tail type.

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
None.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I have a quite a few favorite colors; chocolate, red & gold, white, black, pastel, ‘koi head’, purple, orange, yellow & blue, etc. So far my favorite tail types are crowntail and cross-ray crowntail.

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
I’ve found the ones I like fairly easily, so it’s not a question of finding them but a question of price.

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
My first betta was from Petco, my second that recently passed was from a semi-local aquarium store and my third was from a LFS but he was purchased from a breeder in Thailand.

What do you feed your bettas?
2 Hikari Betta Bio-Gold pellets twice a day. Sometimes more if they beg enough. I also starve them once a week in an effort to prevent constipation.

What size tanks do you have?
Currently my two bettas are in 1g tanks, unfiltered but I have two Mini Bow 5s cycling for them at the moment.
supersixone’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
physically in my house i have 12, but i have one that is currently in transit from hawaii, and 6 more who are waiting to be sent from thailand.

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
i don’t breed – no time, no space. although if i get my hands on a red/gold or gold female, i might feel obligated to breed her with one of my red/gold or gold males

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
haven’t done it yet, so instead i’ll give you the reasons why not: very time consuming. right now i just don’t have the spare time to tend to all those fry!

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
red/gold bicolor, either in double-ray crowntail or halfmoon

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
a really pure true gold, a very high quality opaque, true orange

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
i have some from chain pet stores, some from independent pet stores, and some from breeders

What do you feed your bettas?
their staple diet is hikari betta biogold. they also get freezedried bloodworms, daphnia, and brine shrimp, bloodworms in nutritious gel, frozen brine shrimp, and live brine shrimp when i can find it

What size tanks do you have?
i have a whole bunch of 2.5 gallon, 3 gallon, and 5 gallon tanks for my males, and a 10 gallon shared by my females none of my local stores carry halfmoons, double-ray crowntails, or some of the colors i want, though. (well, actually there is a store up north that has hms and dr cts, but their finnage isnt very impressive and there’s not much selection color-wise.) that’s not to say pet store fish arent pretty, as i have quite a few myself, but sometimes if you’re after a particular color or type/quality of finnage you have to buy from a breeder. i won’t pay $60 for a single fish, though.
marphuoes’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
2 Males (Pastel and Orange) 3 Females (Pastel w/red, Green & Blue)

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I have successfully bred three times but all three times have ended fatally
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
The hardest part is keeping up with the little critters for so long. Its well worth it though if they survive. I have had difficult times I do believe because of the temp but with each one you learn something new.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the cellaphane and Super Delta but I have a thing for veil tails also

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
none really

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
All pet store because I have a loacl who will buy my fry when they get old enough.

What do you feed your bettas?
I take an empty container and mix three different types of food. Bio-Gold, freeze dried blood worms and betta flakes. And once a day I feed them in the afternoon. Once a week I have live cultures also and give them live food. So I try to keep them happy which they seem to love. The girls are really hungry though so I have caught myself feeding them twice a day more and more lately.

What size tanks do you have?
55 gal, 40 gal, 29 gal, 20 gal, 2 10 gal, 5 gal and 3 one gal. Also I have lots and lots of containers I keep around for the critters when I do successfully get me baby bettas. I am a fish myself so I always am looking for more to keep myself happy.

Punkbunny83’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
8 males 5 females Had 3 males who passed away over the years.

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Haven’t tried, don’t think I will takes so much time.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Don’t really have a favourite color pattern. But I am a big fan of super deltas and half moons, if only they weren’t so expensive.

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Half moons are pretty impossible to find in a LFS

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
All of my boys are pet store, however each of them is from a different store. Girls were special ordered from a breeder by a specialty store for me.

What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Betta Gold like everyone else.

What size tanks do you have?
Boys are in Betta kit tanks, and my girls are in a 10g tank together…which I just found out is leaking so I should go do something about that.
gemini’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
I currently have one.

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I’ve breed three times, only once did I have fry that lived past two weeks

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
patience

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the butterfly’s and the crowntails and especially the mustard gas

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
You can find just about anything if you look hard enough and are willing to pay the money

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
I used to have pet store bettas. The one that I have currently is from my succesful spawn of pet store bettas.

What do you feed your bettas?
He will only eat micro-pellets

What size tanks do you have?
My betta is in a 1.5 gallon (I also have a 20g and a 55g, but there is no bettas in those
xomandykinsox’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
I have four males ~ Phantom, Squishy, Sampson, and Bruno. Then three females ~ Cherry, Pearl, and Delilah

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Well, I’ve only tried once and I’m still going through the process. They spawned and now I have fry!

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Ha! The whole freaking thing is hard! But.. it’s after the fry have been born and you’re on your own. Let me tell you.. those things are delicate! I haven’t hit my 2 week mark yet.. but I still have a good half of what I started with. You can’t change water for at least two weeks after born so you REALLY gotta watch how you feed. *Crosses fingers for her babies!* they’re a week old now.. Sunday will be 2 weeks!

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
My favorite is my fish Sampson. His fins are so unique they like flow like hair.. so long too.. he’s so perty!

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Half moons..

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
Not sure. My lfs has really nice betta’s. So do breeders.. so it’s just cheaper to go buy a $3.50 fish.. instead of a $60.00 and sometimes way more.

What do you feed your bettas?
I have some pellets that I use and blood worms.

What size tanks do you have?
Sampson is in a 2.5g container. Squishy is in a 1g fish bowl.. Phantom is in a 2.5. And Bruno is in a 3g..
Sara’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
At the moment, I have 3. I’m trying to be good and not get anymore! LOL

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Nope. I never breed my bettas.
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Again, I don’t know.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Ummm, I like them all! Hehehehe

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
They say black bettas are hard to find. And if you’re living in place like Maine, any other variety of betta besides the vieltail are difficult to find.

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
2 of mine came from my lps. The other one came from Wal Mart.

What do you feed your bettas?
I feed my bettas HBH Betta Bites and a occasional freze dried blodworm. I’m going to Petco in a couple of weeks, and I’m goning to get some frozen food for my fishies while I’m there.

What size tanks do you have?
All my bettas have 1 gallon pet carriers from Wal Mart.

KeliD’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
2, at the moment, don’t tempt me to get more

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
never bread, and i don’t think i will
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
no idea.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
color pattern, butterfly tail type, crowntail

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
umm, in our area, most hard to find would be black, and crwntails too, among others

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
all of my bettas have been from the petstore, just various places

What do you feed your bettas?
Bio-blend betta pellets

What size tanks do you have?
bothe boys are in one gallon vases

fancyfish’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
have 4 but want s’more

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Never tried it… sounds like too much work and cost so I let the more experienced go for it

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Sounds like the everything about the breeding thing takes dedication and skill It has a head that looks more snake like. I saw some once many years ago at the old LFS… I think I read somewhere that it is illegal to export native snakeheads because they are getting pretty rare in the wild.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Crowntail, the half moons and butterflys

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
at my LFS’s the nice butterflys and black crowntails

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
Pet Store… but they get their bettas from breeders

What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Betta Gold Pellets, HGH Betta Bites, Hikari Freeze dried & (presoaked in conditioned water) brine shrimp, Freeze dried bloodworms (also pre-soaked in conditioned water), frozen brine shrimp (rinsed with conditioned H20)

What size tanks do you have?
3) 1 gal. kits, 1 1 1/2 gal vase. Plan to set up (3) ten gal tanks. Then (2) 29 gal tanks
nrich’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
11 at the moment, but I expect I will have more later.

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I have only bred once, accidentaly in a community tank. Only one of the babies is still alive

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love my moontail as far as shape goes, but I love the coloring of one of my veiltails. He is brown bodied with blue, purple and pink fins and tail.

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
I haven’t seen any doubletails in my area and I have been looking for a mustard gas forever.

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
all of mine are petstore boys.

What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari betta biogold. fd blood worms. peas. assorted other types of fish food

What size tanks do you have?
at the moment I have 6 2.5 gal tanks, a 1.9 gal tank, and three 1 gal. Not to mention 5, 10, and 20 gallons that I am waiting to set up when I get back from school this year.
himechan’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
I have 8.

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I do not breed bettas. I am fearful of the prospect of jarring up 300 bettas!

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Orange for color. In terms of pattern, high contrast marbles. As for tail, I like even double tails, but am also quite happy with a healthy veil tail (too bad they are not thought of as highly).

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
True halfmoons, really even double tails, and mustard gasses. Also butterfly females. I’ve always wanted one of those!

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
I have both. I don’t discriminate against the veil tails from the LFS!

What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Betta -Bio Gold, freeze dried shrimp and bloodworms. Occasionally peas.

What size tanks do you have?
2-2.5 gallon tanks and some smaller 1 gallon hospital bowls.
Finley’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
one, soon to be two!

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
none

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?

It seems that a lot of people have trouble keeping them viable.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
butterfly, crowntail, mustard gas

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
all I seem to be able to find are veil tails. The fish I’ll be bringing home from work tomorrow is a crowntail, but my co-worker who adopted him said that he came in with a shipment of veil tails, and was a bit of a fluke, as he wasn’t expected in the shipment.

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
petstore. I’d love to adopt from a breeder, but it’s just so very expensive!

What do you feed your bettas?
Bio-Blend Betta Fish Food

What size tanks do you have?
2.5 gallon
decemberchick’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
Just one. I am thinking about another when I move home from school, but really, I don’t have endless amounts of space and money! I need to pay off my school loans!

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
Not even going there! I’m still a beginner, and the whole space issue!

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the super deltas, or halfmoons… the full tails, my ultimate goal!

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Anything thats not a veiltail around here (i long for a crowntail!)

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
LFS

What do you feed your bettas?
HBH betta bites with the occasional FD bloodworm as a treat.

What size tanks do you have?
A 2.5 gallon blue minibow.
luvabetta’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
7, 6 males & 1 female

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
None. I’m not interested in breeding Bettas at all as it is too much work. I just want to enjoy the fish, not be strapped down to caring for a roomfull!

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Feeding the fry, jarring them up and having the room for them all.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
All are beautiful. I love MG, marbles, butteflies and melanos. CTs and Plakats are our favorites.

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Depends on where you look. I think all types are available if you are willing to spend the money.

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
We have had both, but the two we had from breeders died. Imo, the ones from LFS are hardier than the ones from breeders.

What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari Bio-Gold Betta Bits, live daphnia/bloodworms/mosquito larvae.

What size tanks do you have?
2.5 g for one, the female is in a 29g community and the others are in bowls in the bathroom.
Cappy’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
8 adults, 5 males, 3 females. And fry. ^^

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
I’ve successfully spawned 3 times (I’m still beginner, hehe), but have only turned out with fry once.
What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
Breeding, when you have a male betta who lives to eat the eggs. Raising, jarring the little dudes. IT KILLS ME.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I love the blacks, and my favourite tails are the halfmoons, halfsuns and the double-tails.

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
They all seem pretty accesible on Aquabid.

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
Petstores, but one petstore tends to get some nice show-quality ones every once and a while (They don’t come cheap… )

What do you feed your bettas?
What ever they like to eat. Sometimes frozen foods for a treat. But they all won’t touch anything but Wardly Betta Pellets – they are extremely picky.

What size tanks do you have?
We talkin’ about just bettas here? All my bettas are in their own seperate tanks. Sizes range from 1/2 gallon to 3 gallon aquariums.

EricaDwithFish’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
I have three male veiltails. Niko (white but coloring), Randy the Red (red!), and Grapes (purple and still coloring a bit).

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
None, I haven’t even tried.

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
I obviously don’t know, lol.

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
I don’t know..I really like crowntails. My favorite color would be an albino, if they count. I’ve only seen a picture of one….

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
Albinos! The rarest of all bettas. . . .

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
All of my bettas are from my local fish store.

What do you feed your bettas?
Just betta pellet food..if that makes any sense, lol.

What size tanks do you have?
Hmmm. Grapes is in the ten gallon community tank, Niko is in a 1/2 gallon and I’m hoping to move him to a two gallon, and Randy the Red is in a 1/2 gallon and I’m hoping to move him into another community tank.
Guitarchiq’s Answers
How many Bettas do you have?
1, Gibson

How many of you have successfully bred, and if so how often/many times?
0 but i’d like to attempt when I’m more experienced

What is the hardest part about breeding and raising fry, in your opinion?
No idea?

What is your favorite color or pattern or tail?
Crown tail! or the shorter finned kind [plakats]. Also the wine bettas are gorgeous.

What kinds would you consider hard to find?
anything other than veil tail around here

Do you have pet store bettas or bettas purchased from breeders?
From a good LFS

What do you feed your bettas?
Hikari betta bio gold

What size tanks do you have?
5 gallons

6 Ways To Have A Happy Betta

By: Skye

Bettas easily become addictive , and often people become very attached to them (I know I have ♥ ).

Anybody who owns a Betta will want him to be the happiest he could be. These are just the basics to having as happy Betta, there are thousands of other possibilities to make your Betta happy, your imagination is the limit !

Let’s get started on your Betta’s way to happydom (cheesy I know, but I also don’t care !)

#1. Males & Females. Male Bettas cannot under any circumstance be kept with other Bettas, not even females. They can however, be kept with other peaceful fish. Female Bettas on the other hand, can be housed together in groups of 3 or more. Male and Female Bettas can not be kept with other anabantoids; such as Gourami and Paradise Fish.

#2. Space. The more space the Betta ! (lol Betta-better.ha ha)It is a common stereotype about Bettas that they actually prefer living in small tanks, this is not true. They are capable of living in small homes because of their labyrinth organ which they use to breathe air from the surface; therefore, they don’t NEED large quantities of water like other fish. But they love to have lots of space. In my opinion any thing smaller than 1 gallon is inappropriate. If you really want your Betta to enjoy life, get him a 5 gallon tank all to himself, he will LOVE you for it.

#3. Variety. People say that variety is the spice of life, well Bettas love their lives pretty spicy ! Bettas LOVE variety in their diet. Imagine how boring life would be if everyday you had that tuna casserole -Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. (you get the point) So what is on the menu for your Betta?

Here are some options:

. Bloodworms*
. Blackworms*
. Tubifex worms*
. Brine Shrimp*
. Mashed green pea**
. Pellets
. Flakes***

*frozen, freeze-dried, or live
**only occasionally; maybe once a week
***most Bettas will just look at you like you’re insane if you attempt to feed them flakes. ” Do you really expect me to eat this stuff ! ”

Try and feed your Betta twice a day, this way you aren’t dumping tons of food all at once into their stomachs. Their stomachs are pretty small, about the size of their eye ! (pretty small don’t you think ?!?) It is a good idea to fast your Betta once a week, because they can easily become constipated. Fasting them gives them a day to let their bodies clear out. Once a week don’t give your Betta any food other than some green pea (it basically works as a laxative), and you should have absolutely no problems with constipation. So. Orders up ! (…just make sure you never take Mr. Betta to a sushi restaurant ! lol)

#4. Clean Water. Keeping his water clean will keep him happy, and it will help prevent diseases like Fin Rot. So how often and how much water should you change ? Well, if your tank is 10 gallons then divide it by some random number.heck ! That has absolutely nothing to do with water changes. Basically everybody has their own opinions on water changes. The criteria really depends on two main aspects though. If the tank is CYCLED, and the AMOUNT of fish in the tank. Cycling a tank involves developing a colony of bacteria capable of eating all the waste produced by your fish. As a basis, if your tank is less than 2.5 gallons and is NOT cycled than you should be doing 100 % water changes every week. If your tank is bigger, like 5 -10 gallons, and IS cycled, than you can be doing 25 – 35 % water changes every week. And since most Bettas aren’t in any tanks REALLY big I will just let you figure that out yourself if your Betta is in a really big tank. He he he.

#5. Keep Him Busy. You don’t want your friend getting bored right ? So you need to keep him occupied. Make sure he has some interesting objects in his tank, like plastic tubing (as mentioned above) you can buy these at pet stores. When I say plastic tubing I don’t mean airline tubing, duh ! Make sure that the tube is solid and sturdy, meaning not flexible, and that the width of the tube is much larger than the fish, then there is absolutely no risk of Mr. Betta getting stuck. Bettas are very curious fish, therefore make sure the toys and objects you put into his tank have no small holes that he could try and get into and then get stuck. Maybe change around some of the toys occasionally so that his environment is not always the same. You could even interchange some of his toys.so he has a plastic tube one week and a cup the next week. But make sure the changes you make aren’t too drastic or he may become stressed.and trust me -you don’t want a stressed Betta !

#6. Stress Free. Just like in humans, being stressed all the time is not good. But with Bettas it has different effects then on us. It can make them turn into tail-biters, they can develop fin rot, and basically when a fish is stressed their immune system is not at its best, so it can’t defend all the diseases as well. To put it simply, stress is not good !

So how do you create the most stress-free life as possible for Mr. Betta ?

Well there are a couple thousand ways, but here are some that will have the most impact:

. Water
Water plays a big part in the stressful life of a Betta. To have ” stress free” water, you need to keep two points in mind. Temperature and Quality.

Ok we will start with temperature. What is the perfect temperature ? Well you don’t want the water to be too cold or too hot (think of it as you don’t want an ice cube Betta, but neither do you want a boiled Betta) so a good temperature would be in the 70’s to the 80’s farenheight. Bow there is another factor in the temperature unit, you don’t want the temperatures to fluctuate either. So if on Monday the temperature is 80 degrees, but on Tuesday the temperature is down to 71 degrees (you might say why didn’t you just choose 70 degrees ? Well that’s what everybody else would do.and I like to be unique)well than you would be stressing your Betta out, they don’t like huge changes all at once, and the temperature that they are sitting in all their life is a big thing to them.don’t you think !?! Almost forgot to mention.just incase you are new at keeping ANY fish, then to heat your tank you use something called a heater. You can buy one of these at nearly any pet store or aquarium store.

Ok then. Now for quality. The quality of your water is almost, if not more, important than the temperature. The water that comes out of that tap is full of Chlorine and Chloramines, these are not good for your Betta. You need to let this water ” age ” (meaning let is sit in a big bucket or something for at least 24 hours prior to putting it in with you fishy) and it also needs to be treated with a Chlorine/Chloramines remover, also known as a water conditioner. You can buy water conditioners at nearly any pet store or aquarium store.

. Position
Where you place your tank is quite important to providing your Betta with a stress-free life. You don’t want your tank right neat a furnace or a window. The furnace will make the temperature fluctuate, and it may heat up that water way too high !!! (and you know are little Betta friends are VERY picky about their water, as mentioned above ^) And if your tank is right by a window if may get cold in winter, or on a chilly day, brrr. lol, and once again you would then have fluctuating temperatures.those pesky fluctuating temperatures.BAN them I say ! BAN them ! And one more thing on the subject of position, don’t put that tank where it could l get knocked, there would be a very little chance, but still worth protecting against, because imagine how stressful it would be if the tank came crashing down, water and plastic (or glass) when flying everywhere, and Mr. Betta went flying right under someone’s foot.well you know the rest of the story.

. Routine
I have found that my Bettas have all seemed happier when I put them on a routine. So I get to feel like a zoo keeper, keeper of the Bettas !!! So try and feed him at the same time everyday, and do your water changes on the same day, at about the same time every week, and basically anything that you have to do regularly try and do it at the same time, or day.

So this is where the conclusion is supposed to go right !?! All right then. Let’s see if I can come up with a conclusion.

Bettas are wonderful pets, and they deserve to live the happiest lives possible (they only live for about 2 years, so they deserve to live like kings and queens for that short time.) Using these 6 ways your Betta should have that happy life that you promised him on the way home in the car from that pet store (you know you talked to him about his new life. Admit it! Image )

Follow these steps and your Betta will thank you. ♥

That was a good conclusion.don’t you think !?! (I don’t really want your opinion, because I know I wont like it ! lol

Name: Susan
Comments: I have found this to have some interesting ideas….I have had some betas in the past…it ended up 3 at the same time. My betas lived in 1 1/2 gal bowls with plants and I used spring water. Changed the water once a month. My betas lived approx. 3 to 31/3 yrs. but I did talk to them and they had cute personalities…I know that sounds weird…. I have missed them so I just now purchased another one!
Comment :I just got my first betta in 40 years. I kept looking & was able to control myself until I saw the beauty. I got reds & blues with black rays in his fins with azure & turquoise in between. He loves displaying his bad self at my boy cat. Thanks for all of your hints. It really helps & yes-I talked to him the whole way home.
Comment :That’s a very useful summary of everything a Betta needs. I’d also suggest a lot of hiding places in the tank so that Mr Betta feels safe, and they really love live plants! An easy to maintain plant is the floating Hogwort (think Harry Potter, haha), and it will make you Betta all the more comfortable in his home. I know Bettas can do okay in the smaller tanks and bowls, but I say get him at LEAST a 3 gallon (that’s 10 litres) preferably rectangular tank. And make sure to slow down the filter, Bettas prefer clear, STILL water.
Comment : Wow thanks this is very useful guide especially for the newbs. I used this when I was first dosed with mbs(multiple betta syrdrome) and my bettas have always be healthy and happy. Thank you.