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6 Ways To Have A Happy Betta

Some of Skye's Bettas
By: Skye
Bettas easily become addictive , and often people become very attached to them (I know I have ).
Anybody who owns a Betta will want him to be the happiest he could be. These are just the basics to having as happy Betta, there are thousands of other possibilities to make your Betta happy, your imagination is the limit !
Let's get started on your Betta's way to happydom (cheesy I know, but I also don't care !)
#1. Males & Females. Male Bettas cannot under any circumstance be kept with other Bettas, not even females. They can however, be kept with other peaceful fish. Female Bettas on the other hand, can be housed together in groups of 3 or more. Male and Female Bettas can not be kept with other anabantoids; such as Gourami and Paradise Fish.
#2. Space. The more space the Betta ! (lol Betta-better.ha ha)It is a common stereotype about Bettas that they actually prefer living in small tanks, this is not true. They are capable of living in small homes because of their labyrinth organ which they use to breathe air from the surface; therefore, they don't NEED large quantities of water like other fish. But they love to have lots of space. In my opinion any thing smaller than 1 gallon is inappropriate. If you really want your Betta to enjoy life, get him a 5 gallon tank all to himself, he will LOVE you for it.
#3. Variety. People say that variety is the spice of life, well Bettas love their lives pretty spicy ! Bettas LOVE variety in their diet. Imagine how boring life would be if everyday you had that tuna casserole -Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. (you get the point) So what is on the menu for your Betta?
Here are some options:
. Bloodworms*
. Blackworms*
. Tubifex worms*
. Brine Shrimp*
. Mashed green pea**
. Pellets
. Flakes***
*frozen, freeze-dried, or live
**only occasionally; maybe once a week
***most Bettas will just look at you like you're insane if you attempt to feed them flakes. " Do you really expect me to eat this stuff ! "
Try and feed your Betta twice a day, this way you aren't dumping tons of food all at once into their stomachs. Their stomachs are pretty small, about the size of their eye ! (pretty small don't you think ?!?) It is a good idea to fast your Betta once a week, because they can easily become constipated. Fasting them gives them a day to let their bodies clear out. Once a week don't give your Betta any food other than some green pea (it basically works as a laxative), and you should have absolutely no problems with constipation. So. Orders up ! (...just make sure you never take Mr. Betta to a sushi restaurant ! lol)
#4. Clean Water. Keeping his water clean will keep him happy, and it will help prevent diseases like Fin Rot. So how often and how much water should you change ? Well, if your tank is 10 gallons then divide it by some random number.heck ! That has absolutely nothing to do with water changes. Basically everybody has their own opinions on water changes. The criteria really depends on two main aspects though. If the tank is CYCLED, and the AMOUNT of fish in the tank. Cycling a tank involves developing a colony of bacteria capable of eating all the waste produced by your fish. As a basis, if your tank is less than 2.5 gallons and is NOT cycled than you should be doing 100 % water changes every week. If your tank is bigger, like 5 -10 gallons, and IS cycled, than you can be doing 25 - 35 % water changes every week. And since most Bettas aren't in any tanks REALLY big I will just let you figure that out yourself if your Betta is in a really big tank. He he he.
#5. Keep Him Busy. You don't want your friend getting bored right ? So you need to keep him occupied. Make sure he has some interesting objects in his tank, like plastic tubing (as mentioned above) you can buy these at pet stores. When I say plastic tubing I don't mean airline tubing, duh ! Make sure that the tube is solid and sturdy, meaning not flexible, and that the width of the tube is much larger than the fish, then there is absolutely no risk of Mr. Betta getting stuck. Bettas are very curious fish, therefore make sure the toys and objects you put into his tank have no small holes that he could try and get into and then get stuck. Maybe change around some of the toys occasionally so that his environment is not always the same. You could even interchange some of his he has a plastic tube one week and a cup the next week. But make sure the changes you make aren't too drastic or he may become stressed.and trust me -you don't want a stressed Betta !
#6. Stress Free. Just like in humans, being stressed all the time is not good. But with Bettas it has different effects then on us. It can make them turn into tail-biters, they can develop fin rot, and basically when a fish is stressed their immune system is not at its best, so it can't defend all the diseases as well. To put it simply, stress is not good !
So how do you create the most stress-free life as possible for Mr. Betta ?
Well there are a couple thousand ways, but here are some that will have the most impact:
. Water
Water plays a big part in the stressful life of a Betta. To have " stress free" water, you need to keep two points in mind. Temperature and Quality.
Ok we will start with temperature. What is the perfect temperature ? Well you don't want the water to be too cold or too hot (think of it as you don't want an ice cube Betta, but neither do you want a boiled Betta) so a good temperature would be in the 70's to the 80's farenheight. Bow there is another factor in the temperature unit, you don't want the temperatures to fluctuate either. So if on Monday the temperature is 80 degrees, but on Tuesday the temperature is down to 71 degrees (you might say why didn't you just choose 70 degrees ? Well that's what everybody else would do.and I like to be unique)well than you would be stressing your Betta out, they don't like huge changes all at once, and the temperature that they are sitting in all their life is a big thing to them.don't you think !?! Almost forgot to mention.just incase you are new at keeping ANY fish, then to heat your tank you use something called a heater. You can buy one of these at nearly any pet store or aquarium store.
Ok then. Now for quality. The quality of your water is almost, if not more, important than the temperature. The water that comes out of that tap is full of Chlorine and Chloramines, these are not good for your Betta. You need to let this water " age " (meaning let is sit in a big bucket or something for at least 24 hours prior to putting it in with you fishy) and it also needs to be treated with a Chlorine/Chloramines remover, also known as a water conditioner. You can buy water conditioners at nearly any pet store or aquarium store.
. Position
Where you place your tank is quite important to providing your Betta with a stress-free life. You don't want your tank right neat a furnace or a window. The furnace will make the temperature fluctuate, and it may heat up that water way too high !!! (and you know are little Betta friends are VERY picky about their water, as mentioned above ^) And if your tank is right by a window if may get cold in winter, or on a chilly day, brrr. lol, and once again you would then have fluctuating temperatures.those pesky fluctuating temperatures.BAN them I say ! BAN them ! And one more thing on the subject of position, don't put that tank where it could l get knocked, there would be a very little chance, but still worth protecting against, because imagine how stressful it would be if the tank came crashing down, water and plastic (or glass) when flying everywhere, and Mr. Betta went flying right under someone's foot.well you know the rest of the story.
. Routine
I have found that my Bettas have all seemed happier when I put them on a routine. So I get to feel like a zoo keeper, keeper of the Bettas !!! So try and feed him at the same time everyday, and do your water changes on the same day, at about the same time every week, and basically anything that you have to do regularly try and do it at the same time, or day.
So this is where the conclusion is supposed to go right !?! All right then. Let's see if I can come up with a conclusion.
Bettas are wonderful pets, and they deserve to live the happiest lives possible (they only live for about 2 years, so they deserve to live like kings and queens for that short time.) Using these 6 ways your Betta should have that happy life that you promised him on the way home in the car from that pet store (you know you talked to him about his new life. Admit it! Image )
Follow these steps and your Betta will thank you.
That was a good conclusion.don't you think !?! (I don't really want your opinion, because I know I wont like it ! lol
Name: Susan
Comments: I have found this to have some interesting ideas....I have had some betas in the ended up 3 at the same time. My betas lived in 1 1/2 gal bowls with plants and I used spring water. Changed the water once a month. My betas lived approx. 3 to 31/3 yrs. but I did talk to them and they had cute personalities...I know that sounds weird.... I have missed them so I just now purchased another one!

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