How to Change Your Betta Fish Water: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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Betta fish are Anabantoids, which means they can breathe air above the water through their mouths as well as obtain oxygen from the water through their gills.
Betta fish are labyrinth fish. Using a special bladder to breathe from the water’s surface.
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These fish are all male. Do you know the temperature of their water? Bettas are tropical fish and need a steady temp between 75-81 to thrive. Keeping fish long term in containers that size is the equivalent of spending your whole life in a closet. Since these "tanks" have no filtration, you should be doing DAILY 90-100% water changes to remove the toxic ammonia the fish are constantly producing. Hope this is helpful. Betta fish prey on small insects / insect eggs / larvae at the water surface
Photo provided by FlickrHave you ever seen clusters of bubbles on the water’s surface in your betta fish tank?
Photo provided by FlickrBetta fish can get ill easier in smaller tanks so please remember to change the water frequently 🙂
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Tips on Keeping the Siamese Fighting Fish
The Siamese fighting fish or “Betta” is one of the most popular of all aquarium fish. There are several reasons for this popularity. First, is their beautiful colors often referred to as “splendid”, thus one of the more popular species Betta splendens. They are in the family of fish called Anabantoids. As such they have a special labyrinth organ that other fish do not. This enables them to get oxygen from the water surface as opposed to using their gills to extract oxygen from the water. Because of this special feature they are able to be kept in a small container or bowl, whereas other tropical fish need a larger aquarium with added filtration. The sales of Bettas have surged in recent years as they’ve become displays in beautiful, ornate vases, bowls and glasses and easily kept on a table top, desk or counter. Once you set up your fish tank and place the on the bottom along with most of your decorations, it’s time to add water. The water must be a certain temperature, pH value, dH level, etc. to ensure that your Betta is in the environment that will help him thrive.For best results you should start by filling your Betta container with “aged” or “conditioned” water found in existing aquariums. Typically Bettas come from slow moving waters, even the edges of rice paddies in S.E. Asia. Tap water is suitable for them, but it should be treated to rid it of chlorine or chloramines prior to pouring it into the container, which is harmful to the fish. There are many varieties of Bettas available (Split Tails, Half Moon, Round Tail and Crown Tail to name a few) and almost every color under the rainbow. An Aquarium Adventure fish specialist can help you select a good specimen.Betta fish, also referred to as Siamese Fighting Fish, come from a very unique environment, and as a result, their needs with regard to water are a bit different than they are for, say, a gold fish.In nature Bettas feed on insects at the surface, so small pellet food or worms (such as tubifex or blood worms) will be the best choice for them. Be careful with your feedings. Overfeeding will cause the water to become cloudy and smelly from the accumulation of decayed food. This water will, in time, become harmful to the fish. When feeding, remember that less is best. A safe recommendation is to feed 2 to 4 pieces of food every other day.Native to Thailand and Southeastern Asia, Betta fish originate in shallow pools of water in rice paddies. Theenvironment they live in is rich with nitrogen, oxygen, and other nutrient-fixing plants in the water, and is alsotropical in nature.