Did you realize that many Betta fish become sluggish and ill due to poor tank conditions only a few months after coming home from the pet store? And this isn’t to say that peoples tanks are dirty, just poorly set up.
In the wild Betta Fish live in stagnant low oxygen pools of water. We can’t exactly replicate that natural living conditions but we can come close. Get this right and your Betta Fish with thrive!
So lets first talk about the ideal tank for a Betta fish:
- tank size should be at a minimum 2.5 gallons, but I strongly recommend 5 gallons
- not placed near any drafty windows that might cause sudden changes in temperature
- a wide tank or bowl, this adds surface area for more oxygen a tank with a cover is ideal, Betta Fish have been known to jump out of their tanks
Ideal Water Conditions
- Fill the tank with water a few days before you bring your Betta Fish home, and keep an eye on the temp. Place the tank in an area where the temp won’t fluctuate too much. You don’t want it right by a drafty window or heat vent.
- Get a thermometer for your tank at the pet store (they only cost a few bucks) and keep an eye on the temp. If the room temperature of the water in your home is too hot or cold you may consider moving your tank to another location in the house, or possibly buying a tank heater (if it’s too cold). Ideally you want your tank between 78-82 degrees. The very coldest a Betta Fish can survive is about 72 degrees.
- Tap water is full of chemicals like chlorine and fluoride that fish don’t like very much, and really stresses them out. Buy water
conditioner for your tank at the pet store and add it before you bring your Betta home. It only costs a few dollars, and will
instantly correct many of the problems with the tap water in your tank.
In the next lesson, we’ll be talking about what substrate is, and why adding it to your tank its critical keeping your Betta Fish