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Betta Fish Tanks
Betta fish belongs to Family Osphronemidae where its most popular members are the Siamese Fighting fish (Betta splendens) and the Peaceful Betta (Betta imbellis). These are small colourful fishes that vary in size from less than an inch to eight inches in length.
Male Bettas are known for their fighting behaviour and can easily be distinguished by their vibrantly colourful fins that range from blue, green, red and a variety of other bright colours. Fighting among male Bettas may result in injury and even death, thus only one male Betta should be placed in one tank. On the other hand, female Bettas are not as colourful as their male counterparts and have smaller fins.
“Betta” is derived from “Ikan Bettah”, a Siamese term for Siamese Fighting fish. There are more than 50 Betta species which have been identified. The various Betta species can be divided into two categories –based on their spawning behavior. Some Betta species build bubble nests e.g. B. splendens; while some species are mouthbrooders e.g. B. picta.
The natural habitats of Bettas are bodies of freshwater in Thailand and Cambodia. Most species thrive well in small ponds and rivers and can survive in bodies of water with low-oxygen levels such as in drainage ditches, rice paddies, large puddles, and slow-moving streams. The ability to adapt to low-oxygen water conditions is attributed to a unique organ, the labyrinth, which allows them to breathe atmospheric air.
Water Quality Requirements for Tetra Fish
Bettas thrive well in warm water, an aquatic environment which is similar to their original habitat in Thailand and Cambodia. In regions where environmental temperatures can become quite cold such as Victoria and Tasmania, Fluvial Tronic heaters or other types of heaters will have to be used during the cold winter months.
Temperature 18 degrees Celsius
General water hardness 50-150 ppm
Betta fishes are not picky eaters and can eat almost any type of fish food. They developed this characteristic from a natural environment that often lacks food resources. Feed floating pellets specifically formulated for Bettas include Aquarian Betta Food, Nutrafin Max Betta Colour Enhancing Food and Freeze Dried Premium Australian Blackworm. They are fed a small amount of fish food, as much as they can consume in two minutes, two to three times a day.
In an aquarium which is shared by several fish species, you have to take extra care during feeding time to make sure that the fishes get their share of food and that there is no nipping of fins between fishes.
Male Bettas are known for their extremely aggressive behaviour towards other male Bettas, however they have been shown to live peacefully with other fish species including Cories, Loaches and Oto Catfish.
The best tank conditions for Betta fish include good water quality, low population densities, low bacterial levels, and plenty of places to swim, hide and explore freely.
With a small tank, you have to make frequent water changes and promote good water quality by using API Betta Water Conditioner.
Bettas are quite sensitive to water quality, thus there is a need to ensure that proper pH levels are maintained and stabilized using API pH Proper – 7.0.
Water test kits are indispensible when it comes to monitoring levels of nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, carbonate, KH and GH and general water hardness.
In order to provide your Betta with the best aquatic environment, we have a wide array of fish tanks, accessories and aquarium decorations that you can easily order online and conveniently delivered to your doorstep.
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