The Betta Fish
So, you’re interested in purchasing a Betta fish or another tropical fish? What makes you think about the Betta?
Are you buying 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’s the only reason, I’d like you to stop right now and reevaluate your choice of pets. While most pet shops have the Betta in a very small bowl, in real life, most Bettas probably would love a bigger housing. After all, do you prefer to be stuck in a tiny bowl where you can practically touch the walls from where you are in the bowl? Do you want to be held captive in such a small place even if you did have the water to swim around in?
Have a look at the natural surroundings of any fish; take a fantastic look. You have probably never seen a fish being born or raised or living its whole life in a little Betta bowl, except in the pet stores.
The reason they are in these bowls is because they can not let the Betta in with certain other fish, especially not their own type of fish, the male Betta. They’re known as the”Siamese Fighting Fish” and that should give you a clue as to the personality of such fish.
Thus, let us face it. The actual reason that all those fish are in tiny bowls is because that’s the least expensive way that the fish shops can keep the fish. There are no filters, and no filtration cartridges to purchase when you use a very small bowl for a fish tank. The store wants you to feel that this fish-caring on the Betta is simple, easy and not expensive.
If the pet shops were made to give proper housing to Betta fish, they would need to provide each Betta a ten or twenty gallon fish tank. That would be too expensive, so all the shops house the Betta fish in tiny, glass bowls which are economical for the shops.
Personally, I had a Betta in a ten gallon fish tank and that Betta was the happiest fish ever. . Give your Betta a larger living space. You can put some plants in there and a few tiny decorations and you are all set for your new Betta’s environment.
When you are at the library, pick up a few books on tropical fish and get a book 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.
Before you purchase your Betta, or before you buy any fish at all, do the smart thing and purchase all you need for the fish before you even look at fish. The idea is to get the setup all fit into the spot where you will keep it in your home or office. Set up the tank, the water, the filter, and any decorative things you want in the tank, and then let the filter run for a day or two before you go to purchase the fish.
Consider putting in a few live plants aside from the plastic ones you might have chosen. Mixing both plastic and live plants in an aquarium can give it a most interesting appearance.
Consider purchasing a larger filter than necessary, just because. Most times, people look for small, inexpensive set ups for fish.
Personally, for myself, I had always opted for just a little bit larger. Sure you are starting out with one fish from now or a year from now, you just might have a whole community of fish living in that same tank. If you think bigger at the beginning, that saves you time, money and trouble later on in your hobby advancement.
Do your research if you’re contemplating raising fish. Find out which fish are friendly and which are very aggressive. There’s been more than one hobbyist who has brought home a predator fish only to find her or his other fish dead after a day or so.
And then there are those fish who just prefer to nibble on each other. And they will nibble and nibble till they can’t nibble anymore. So you might do a lot of research on Angel Fish before purchasing them.
If you want to breed fish and you are a real beginning, the Guppy might be the perfect fish for you to begin with. But bear in mind, that larger Guppy will most likely attempt to eat all the infants so have another tank prepared for the baby fish OR get one of those divider particles for your tank and you can divide almost any tank into two separate tanks. When you look in the fish pet shops or aquariums, you’ll see that they also make small side tanks that hang off the tops of the larger aquariums. They will catch the fish, but them in that smaller tank and then carry the tank into the register for you to buy your fish. So, there are many options when you are thinking about purchasing or raising fish.
Buy the recommended foods. And in case you’re able to find a no frills brand that will work also.
You might not need to do this but I will share a secret with you. I did run out of fish food one day, long ago, in winter and that I didn’t live near a pet shop. I went to the cabinet and took out the box of Cheerios and proceeded to crush the Cheerios into a nice grain.
Some fish love live food. And the pet stores will sell live food for the reptiles and for some fish. They mostly always have a feeding tank, a massive tank, that has feeder fish in it. I am just sharing ideas here.