So, you’re interested in purchasing a Betta fish or a different tropical fish? What makes you think about the Betta?
Are you looking for the Betta since you see them in small tiny round bowls and you believe this seems to be an easy fish to take home for a pet?
If that is the only reason, I would like you to stop right now and reevaluate your choice of pets. While most pet stores have the Betta in a very small bowl, in real life, most Bettas likely would love a bigger housing. After all, do you prefer to get stuck in a tiny bowl where you can almost touch the walls from where you are in the bowl? Do you want to be held captive in such a little place even when you did have the water to float around in?
Have a look at the natural environment of any fish; have a fantastic look. You have probably never seen a fish being born or raised or residing its entire life in a little Betta bowl, except in the pet shops.
The reason they’re in these bowls is because they can not allow the Betta in with certain other fish, especially not their particular type of fish, the male Betta. They’re known as the “Siamese Fighting Fish” which will give you a clue concerning the character of such fish.
Thus, let us face it. The actual reason that all these fish are in tiny bowls is because that is the least expensive way that the fish shops may keep the fish. There are no filters, and no filtration cartridges to buy when you use a very small bowl for a fish tank.
If the pet stores were made to give appropriate housing to Betta fish, they would need to provide each Betta a twenty or ten gallon fish tank. That would be too costly, so all the stores house the Betta fish in miniature, glass bowls which are economical for the stores.
. Give your Betta a bigger living space. You may put some plants in there and a few tiny decorations and you’re all set for your new Betta’s environment.
When you’re at the library, pick up a couple of books on tropical fish and get a novel about Bettas but read with caution. The book will tell you how you can look after the Betta. It’ll tell you where to find Bettas and Betta supplies.
Prior to buying your Betta, or before you buy any fish in any way, do the smart thing and purchase all you need for your fish before you even look at fish. The concept is to get the setup all fit in the spot where you can keep it in your house or office. Prepare the tank, the water, the filter, and some other decorative items you want in the tank, and allow the filter run for a day or two before you go to buy the fish.
Consider putting in a couple of live plants aside from the plastic ones you might have chosen. Mixing both plastic and live plants in an aquarium may give it a most interesting look.
Consider purchasing a larger filter than necessary, simply because.
Personally, for me personally, I had always opted for only slightly larger. Sure you’re starting out with one fish from now or a year from now, you just might have an entire community of fish living in that exact same tank. If you think bigger at the start, that saves you time, money and trouble later on in your hobby advancement.
Do your research if you’re contemplating raising fish. Determine which fish are friendly and which are very competitive. There’s been more than 1 hobbyist that has brought home a predator fish just to find her or his other fish dead after a day or so.
And they’ll nibble and nibble until they can not nibble anymore. So you might do plenty of research on Angel Fish prior to purchasing them.
If you would like to breed fish and you’re a real beginning, the Guppy might be the ideal fish for you to begin with. But bear in mind, that larger Guppy will most likely attempt to consume all the infants so have another tank prepared for the baby fish OR get one of these divider particles for your tank and you may divide just about any tank into two different tanks. When you look at the fish pet shops or aquariums, you will notice that they also make little side tanks which hang off the tops of the larger aquariums. They will grab the fish, but them in that smaller tank and then carry the tank into the register for you to purchase your fish. So, there are lots of options when you’re thinking about purchasing or raising fish.
Purchase the recommended foods. And in case you’re able to get a no frills brand that will work too.
You may not need to do this but I will share a secret with you. I did run out of fish meals daily, long ago, in winter and that I did not live near a pet shop. I went to the cupboard and took out the box of Cheerios and proceeded to smash the Cheerios into a nice grain. Yes, I did feed into the fish and they ate like that for ten or more days, until eventually I was able to go and purchase fish food.
And the pet shops will sell live food for the reptiles and to get a few fish. I am just sharing thoughts here.
Do only what is safe and healthy for your fish.
That’s the main point, knowledge is power and knowledge of the fish business, and of the specifics of the fish live and breed, is a fantastic thing when you’re ready to actually jump into your aquarium hobby.