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Betta fish are among the most popular aquarium fish kept in homes today, but it can be difficult to properly care for them without some advice from experts.
Betta fish require very specific conditions to survive and thrive, which many pet owners don’t realize until it’s too late and their fish has died from stress or improper care.
The good news is that caring for betta fish isn’t as complicated as many people think, and with some basic knowledge about betta fish care you can keep your betta happy and healthy for years to come!
The first step in keeping a betta fish tank clean is properly establishing your habitat. This means purchasing or building an adequate home for your fish, which will require selecting and installing a filter, heater, and lighting system.
These three components are essential for maintaining your betta’s living conditions. Without them, you’ll find it very difficult to keep your fish happy and healthy.
If you purchased your fish at a pet store, it’s likely that he came with all of these things already in place—simply take him home and let him settle into his new environment before worrying about what else you might need to do.
Feed your betta fish only as much food as he can eat in two minutes. If he leaves any food behind, you’re giving him too much.
Using too much food will cause your tank to get dirty faster, and it might encourage Bettas to overeat (and develop health problems).
Your betta may enjoy treats like bloodworms or brine shrimp from time to time, but avoid overfeeding them because they're high in fat and won't benefit their overall health.
Bettas also need supplemental calcium, so it's best to feed them foods that contain it—daphnia are a good source of calcium!
The best way to keep your betta’s water clean is by regularly changing it. The key here is regularly.
It’s not enough to change 50% of your tank one week and 25% of it another week; you need to change at least 75% of your betta tank once every two weeks, so the tank will never have less than 3/4 water volume in the tank at any given time.
Also, when you do change the water, be sure that you leave it running for several minutes before letting the betta fish back in, so they can acclimatise in the new water. Otherwise, the fish might have trouble adapting and may appear finicky or aggressive.
One of your most important responsibilities as a betta fish owner is keeping water quality high.
Part of that responsibility involves doing regular water changes, but it’s also important to know what you’re doing when it comes to setting up and maintaining your tank.
That means being aware of key parameters such as pH, temperature, and ammonia levels.
Ammonia is a toxic substance that can kill your fish quickly, but many people don’t know how to test for it or how much danger their tank is in based on its level. You can check the Ammonia levels in your tank by using the API water testing kit.
While betta fish are certainly very easy to take care of, it’s important not to underestimate their needs.
After all, clean water is still an essential factor for your betta’s health and wellbeing. We hope these helpful tips will help you learn how to keep a betta fish tank clean—and make sure that your fish live long and happy lives!