How to play with your betta fish and keep him entertained.
Betta fish are very inquisitive and are intelligent, they love to have items in their tank to investigate and interact with. However, before you put anything in your aquarium, check for sharp edges and make sure that these items are safe to enter your pet betta fish’s home – as some types of plastics or other materials could leach out toxins that could pollute the water.
No time to read the list thoroughly?? Just head to the ‘betta fish toy box’ at the bottom of the page! 🙂
Top 10 Betta Fish Toys
1. Aquarium plants
Ok, they may not seem like toys to us (we will get to those ones later), but to a betta, aquarium plants can be like a jungle gym!
Plants in your betta fish tank are a really good idea. They can provide hiding spaces, as well as help to produce oxygen you use live plants. If you choose to use fake plants, be sure they don’t have sharp edges that could cut your betta’s soft flowing fins. Silk plants make a nice choice.
2. Betta fish leaf hammock
Well, we mentioned plants were a good toy, now how about a leaf that acts as a hammock for a betta!
In the wild betta fish live in shallow waters, so they often have a place near to the top of the water’s surface to rest. The Betta Bed Leaf Hammock compromises of a large leaf and suction pad which can be stuck to the side of the aquarium, just a few inches from the top of the surface. It is designed to support your betta as he chills out on his new hammock – oh he will think he’s sooo cool!
3. A Small Mirror
By now you know that betta fish are also known as ‘fighting fish’, this comes from how territorial they are. Well, a small mirror can create the illusion that another male fish has entered you betta’s territory, he will puff up his fish and show you why they are called fighting fish! All without any injuries / victims.
However, this should be used sparingly! Only used for a few moments, this will engage your fish in a completely natural state, he will flare his fins and want to protect his territory. But periods of use over a few minutes could stress out your fish! Use this technique to help reduce boredom, exercise your fish and to let him flare like he should from time to time. A small makeup mirror could do the trick or you may want to purchase a floating betta fish mirror.
4. A Floating Log
Zoo Med have created a Floating Betta Log. As mentioned previously with the leaf hammock, betta’s love to spend time at the water’s surface. They also love to find hidey holes and interact with their environment. This toy has taken all these natural instincts into account to produce an ornament that will cure boredom. It is the perfect den for your betta to play, sleep or build a bubble nest in. It also has a large hole to the top for feeding within the log – a great addition to your tank.
5. A Sinking Ceramic Log
At the time of writing this blog while doing research, this toy has over 80 reviews and is sitting at 4.5 / 5! Wow – that’s a lot of 5 and 4 star reviews.
Using the betta fish’s natural instincts to explore and find hideouts, this natural looking ceramic log sits at the bottom the tank and gives your betta fish some shelter. Once he finds this perfect hideout he will be in and out. Sometimes darting through it in a playful way and other times just using it for some time to chillax.
6. Fluval Moss Ball
You can entertain your betta by adding a Fluval Moss Ball to your tank. Something new in your tank will always gain your betta’s attention for some time. By not squeezing this moss ball in the water it should float. As this (fake) moss ball floats at the water’s surface your betta will always be inquisitive of it. This comes back to the natural habitat of the betta fish – swimming at the water’s surface and trying to find food (insect larvae) from the plants floating at the top.
But that’s not all… the Fluval Moss Ball is not designed to be a betta fish toy, it is designed to help keep water conditions at their peak for longer. It works to absorb and trap phosphates and nitrates for up to 2 months – this keeps the water cleaner and helps prevent the growth of ugly organic matter in your fish tank.
7. A Ping Pong Ball
Put your ping pong paddles down. A simple ping pong ball that floats on the water’s surface is a great toy for the inquisitive betta. Using the betta fish’s natural hunting behaviors the ping pong ball will float on the surface just like food would in the wild – watch your betta hunt this very cheap and available toy!
8. R2 Fish School Complete Fish Training Kit
Well, I think this could be a blog post in itself! Yes, you can train a betta fish to do tricks! And there is no better way than this Fish training kit. Don’t believe me? Head over to Amazon and read the reviews – at time of writing there are 36 reviews, 26 of these are 5 star and there are ZERO 1 star reviews.
Teach your betta to shoot hoops, play fetch and dance! It all comes with education hidden within the fun – prefect for kids and adults (and adults who are just real big kids 😉 )
I would recommend reading the reviews as there are many betta fish owners giving their opinion on the training kit.
9. Lazer pointer
10. SpongeBob SquarePants – Bikini Bottom Aquarium Accessories
Who doesn’t love SpongeBob!? Exactly, and you betta fish love him too! There are many different accessories you can get, obviously the classic pineapple house is the favorite! This collection of accessories is perfect for betta fish – with many different hidey-holes and entrance and exit points for your betta to playfully swim through!
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea – your betta can! 🙂
Wow – I did not expect this blog post to be quite this long!! Well there it is, the top 10 betta fish toys. But please do not buy all 10 and have them all in the tank at once. Plenty of room to swim is paramount for your betta’s health and happiness – but a few of these betta fish toys in your tank and you could see the happiness and playfulness grow!
Spend a little pocket money on your lovely betta fish, get a few toys for his toy box 😉
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