Is This the Betta Fish for You?
|August 10, 2011||Posted by admin under Intercultural||
If you’ve seen the Betta fish, it is easy to understand the magnetism of this species. Extremely popular for its dazzling color, it is also known as the Siamese Fighting Fish. As opposed to other fish species, Bettas can be the better choice if you love their display of gracefully brilliant, long and flowing fins. To truly admire, enjoy and care for this fish, special consideration should be adopted when welcoming a betta to your home or work environment. Betta fish care may be different than what other fish require, but it is easy to understand.
First understand, since the Betta hails from the tropical regions of Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other tropical areas, the temperature of the water is quite warm, approximately into the 80 degree range. When temperatures fall below 75 degrees, the Betta will become lethargic. Keeping a Betta in a small bowl has been a source for debate and given that small bowls cannot be temperature regulated, it is understandably, not the optimum choice for them. Betta fish care logistically calls for an aquarium where water is kept warm and tropical-like using a heater and slower moving pumps that keep water movement to a minimum. The water pH should be kept neutral to a slightly acidic pH.
If you are considering purchasing a beautiful Betta, first read more about your potential friend and keep these tips in mind. Understand what is necessary to keep your fancy friend around. Bettas can last up to 2-4 years if proper Betta fish care is exercised.
Here are some helpful tips in addition to your research that will optimize Betta fish care:
•Exercise your male Betta friend with a mirror placed in front of him, but be sure to limit the
time, as your male Betta may become exhausted if the mirror is left too long.
•Males and females can cohabitate in a tank, but keep other males separated. Males will fight over territory with other males and will do so to the death, hence earning the fighting fish title.
•You may mix male and female Bettas as long as only one male is present at a time.
•You may mix a Betta or female Bettas with other fish as long as you do not inhabit them with fish that are known to nip fins or those that tend to feed on slower moving fish.
Bettas are undeniably an interesting pet choice and will deliver excitement and perhaps, even entrance you. Want to know more about Betta fish? Remember, for optimal Betta health, do your research, have fun and exercise a Betta fish care regime. When you find yourself looking at a simple bowl as your friend’s new home, think about what’s better for the beautiful and graceful Betta.