So you want to get started as a betta fish owner? You’re in the right place!
This page is going to point you in the direction of all the information and recommendations you need for successful betta fish care.
Tips on choosing your first betta fish
Never buy from a tank that looks to contain any sick fish. We have outlined some signs of healthy and unhealthy bettas on the following page.
Choosing the perfect betta fish aquarium
It is a myth that betta fish can live in small vases / bowls.
Check out our Fluval Spec V video review.
Setting up your betta fish tank
Heater, filters, the correct temperate, the subsrate needed to add live plants – all these questions are answered in our beginners guide to setting up an aquarium for a betta fish.
Do I need live plants?
Betta fish tanks do not need to contain live plants however we recommend them. Live plants do not need to be hard to look after and they have many benefits.
How to add live plants to your aquarium.
Top 5 live plants for betta fish.
What fish can live with betta fish?
We all know that betta fish are ‘fighting fish’ so can betta fish live with other fish?
Yes, they can but there are some rules to follow. Stick with less colourful fish with smaller fins – bottom feeders are often the best choice.
Before you make any decisions check out our betta fish tank mate guide.
Feeding your betta fish
The best food to use is betta fish specific pellets. Betta fish are carnivores (eating meat – insects and larvae) check the back of the food packet the first few ingredients should be meat based and protein 40% or more.
There’s lots more tips on what to feed betta fish here.
Bubbles on the water’s surface
Bubble nests are a good sign of health. Betta fish create these because of natural urges they get. Bubble nests are used in the mating process, once eggs are fertilized they are picked up by the betta fish and placed in these nests which the male then guards.
There does not need to have been any mating for the betta fish to create these nests – sometimes at times of happiness they just feel like building.
Find out more on bubble nests.
The one pager on betta fish care…
Don’t fall for any of the common myths and misconceptions of betta fish care. Use nature as your guide to betta fish care.
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