The Betta

Close-up of a Siamese Fighting Fish

So, you’re interested in purchasing a Betta fish or a different tropical fish? What makes you think about the Betta?

Are you buying the Betta since you see Cocoa Beach Wildlife Removal them in small tiny round bowls and you think that this seems like an easy fish to take home for a pet?

If that’s the only reason, I would like you to stop right now and reevaluate your choice of pets. While most pet stores have the Betta in a tiny bowl, in real life, most Bettas probably would love a larger housing. After all, would you like to be stuck in a tiny bowl where you can practically touch the walls from where you are in the bowl? Would you like to be held prisoner in such a small place even if you did have the water to swim around in?

Have a look at the natural environment of any fish; take a good look. You have probably never seen a fish being born or raised or residing its whole life in a little Betta bowl, except in the pet shops.

The reason they’re in these bowls is because they can’t let the Betta in with certain other fish, especially not their particular kind of fish, the male Betta. They are called the “Siamese Fighting Fish” which will give you a clue concerning the character of such a fish.

Thus, let us face it. The real reason that all those fish are in tiny bowls is because that is the cheapest way that the fish shops may keep the fish. There are no filters, and no filtration cartridges to buy when you use a very small bowl for a fish tank. The store wants you to feel that this fish-caring on the Betta is simple, easy and not expensive.

If the pet shops were forced to give proper housing to Betta fish, they would have to give each Betta a ten or twenty gallon fish tank. That would be too costly, so all the stores house the Betta fish in tiny, glass bowls which are economical for the stores.

Personally, I had a Betta in a ten gallon fish tank and that Betta was the happiest fish ever. . Give your Betta a bigger living space. You can put some plants in there and some tiny decorations and you are all set for your new Betta’s environment.

When you’re at the library, pick up a few books on tropical fish and pick up a novel about Bettas but read with caution. The book will tell you how you can care for the Betta. It’ll tell you where to locate Bettas and Betta supplies.

Another suggestion:

Before you purchase your Betta, or before you buy any fish at all, do the wise thing and purchase all you need for the fish before you even look at fish. The idea is to have the setup all fit in the spot where you can keep it in your home or office. Prepare the tank, the water, the filter, and some other decorative items you want inside the tank, and allow the filter run for a day or two before you go to buy the fish.

Consider putting in a couple of live plants besides the plastic ones you might have chosen. Mixing both plastic and live plants in an aquarium may give it a most interesting appearance.

Consider buying a bigger filter than necessary, just because. Most times, people start looking for small, inexpensive set ups for fish.

Personally, for me personally, I had always opted for only slightly larger. You just never know. Sure you’re starting out with one fish but months from now or a year from now, you just might have an entire community of fish living in that exact same tank. If you think bigger at the start, that saves you time, money and trouble later on in your hobby advancement.


Do your research if you are contemplating raising fish. Find out which fish are friendly and which are very competitive. There has been more than one hobbyist who has brought home a predator fish just to find his or her other fish dead after a day or so.

And then there are those fish who just like to nibble on each other. And they’ll nibble and nibble till they can’t nibble anymore. So you might do plenty of research on Angel Fish before purchasing them.

If you would like to breed fish and you’re a true beginning, the Guppy might be the perfect fish for you to start with. But remember, that bigger Guppy will most likely attempt to eat all the babies so have a separate tank prepared for the baby fish OR get one of these divider particles for your tank and you may divide almost any tank into two separate tanks. When you look in the fish pet stores or aquariums, you’ll see that they also make small side tanks that hang off the tops of the larger aquariums. They will grab the fish, but them in that smaller tank and then carry the tank into the register for you to buy your fish. So, there are many options when you are thinking of buying or raising fish.


Buy the recommended foods. And in case you’re able to get a no frills brand that will work also.

You may not want to do this but I will share a secret with you. I did run out of fish meals daily, long ago, in winter and I did not live near a pet shop. I went to the cupboard and took out the box of Cheerios and proceeded to crush the Cheerios into a nice grain. Yes, I did feed this to the fish and they ate like that for ten or more days, until eventually I was able to go and buy fish food.

Some fish love live food. And the pet shops will sell live food for the reptiles and to get a few fish. They mostly always have a feeding tank, a huge tank, which has feeder fish in it. I am not suggesting you feed any fish to another fish. I am just sharing thoughts here.

Do only what is safe and healthy for your own fish. Read, read, read, and do your research on subjects of fish, fish diseases, and other aquatic related subjects.

That’s the main point, knowledge is power and knowledge of the fish business, and of the details of how fish live and breed, is a wonderful thing when you’re ready to really jump into your aquarium hobby.

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