We are more than happy to answer any betta related questions. I have done much research on these wonderful fish and would be more than happy to help anyone. Before you ask a question, please look through our care pages as they will most likely answer your questions.
To answer questions regarding sick betta's, its important you state what size tank they are in, whether its filtered and wether its heated (its should be heated! They are tropical fish). It is also useful to tell us information regarding water tests, especially ammonia, nitrite and nitrate readings.
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For useful tips and information, please follow the links below to previous journal pages. (It took me AGES to type up all this information!) Hope this helps!
-Questions to ask yourself before buying a fish: betta-care-group.deviantart.co…
-General betta information: betta-care-group.deviantart.co…
-Betta care: betta-care-group.deviantart.co…
-List of equipment needed for set up: betta-care-group.deviantart.co…
-how to set up a tank (for begginers): betta-care-group.deviantart.co…
-Buying your fish!: betta-care-group.deviantart.co…
-Common diseaes and treatment: betta-care-group.deviantart.co…
Here is the betta care page:
Caring for your betta
- 5 gallon (20 litres) tank really should be the minimum. People do keep them in smaller tanks but if you’re starting out, bigger is better for many reasons. In a 5 gallon tank, a nitrogen cycle can be established which helps keep the water conditioned resulting in fewer water changes.
-Make sure that it has a lid/hood, not only does this prevent the fish from jumping out but stops all the water from evaporating out. It also keeps the air layer warm so the betta is breathing air that is the same temperature as the water.
-Make sure you use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and chloramines from tap water such as API’s StressCoat. (Do this BEFORE adding the water into the tank).
-Place your tank in a quiet area that is away from sun. It’s not a good idea to have tanks in kitchens as cooking fumes and temperature fluctuations cause stress.
-Heating is an absolute must! The temperature should be kept between 24 - 28ْC (75-82ْF). Colder conditions will result in your betta being weakened and being more prone to diseases.
-A thermostatically controlled heater is best preferably with a guard to avoid risk of burns.
-As a guide to the wattage you need, it’s about 1watt per litre in a heated room and 2watts per litre in an unheated room. (For example, if you have a 5 gallon (20 litre) tank in an unheated room, you will need about 40 watts so you would probably by a 50 watt heater).
-Bettas should really have filtration if you are to keep the water quality good. Cleaner water also means that you do less water changes so reduce the stress level.
-Choose a slow flow filter such as a sponge filter or gentle power filter or under gravel filter. Air powered box filters and hang over filters can also be used.
-Using activated carbon will remove heavy metals and help destroy some diseases.
-Using zeolite removes ammonia.
-Keep a low nitrate level. (If you have a very high nitrate level in your tap water like I do, you can use products such as ‘Nitrasafe’ which absorb nitates and are recharged in a salt solution.
-Use a specially formulated floating pellet diet such as Hikari betta bio-gold.
-Supplement with live food if you can (e.g., mosquito larvae or brine shrimp). You can also use frozen foods such as bloodworm. Make sure you remove any uneaten food as it will quickly pollute the tank. (You can do this by using a turkey baster to suck up the food).
-Make sure that there are places for your betta to hide! They need a bit of privacy and a retreat.
- Make sure none of your decor is sharp as this can tear its fins. To test an object, use some old tights and sweep them across it, if it catches or tears, don’t buy it!
-Using real plants is a good option; they help keep the water quality good and if left to grow right to the top of your tank, they provide your betta with a great resting spot. Plastic plants have to be chosen carefully as some may tear fins. Make sure you have a light in your tank if your growing plants.
-Use a fine gravel or substrate if you have plants so they can easily put down their roots.
-I find that if you attach a small plastic plant pot (that has been thoroughly sterilised using salt and boiling water) to the inside of the tank so that it is half filled with water, it makes a fantastic hiding hole and ‘bed’ for your betta. Mine is attached using string from the top and has a small plant growing inside it, my betta loves it!
Lets abolish keeping bettas in jars!
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