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.
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.
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!
Otterly Pets Aquarium Plants in your betta fish tank are a really good idea. They can provide hiding spaces, and they provide vibrant colors to the view. Although they are faux plants, they are made of non-toxic/non-metallic materials and it’s not going to affect the water’s pH levels
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.
Well, we mentioned plants were a good toy, now how about a leaf that acts as a hammock from ZooMed for your betta fish!
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 is comprised 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!
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 your 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 Floating Exercise Mirror 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 let him flare as 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.
Zoo Med has 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 hiding 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.
At the time of writing this blog while doing research, this Sinking Log 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 of 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.
Now, this video below shows you how fun it looks to play with your Betta fish with a laser pointer.
8. Spongebob’s Pineapple House
Who doesn’t love SpongeBob!? Exactly, and your betta fish love him too! There are many different accessories you can get, obviously, the SpongeBob classic pineapple house is the favorite! A Spongebob collection of accessories is perfect for betta fish – with many different hidey-hole 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 7 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 happiness and health – but a few of these betta fish toys in your tank and you could see their boredom lessen and happiness and playfulness grow!
Spend a little pocket money on your lovely betta fish, get a few toys for his toy box 😉
Last Updated: October 17, 2021
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