So, you are considering purchasing a Betta fish or a different tropical fish? What makes you think about the Betta?
Are you looking for the Betta simply because 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 would like you to stop right now and reevaluate your choice of pets. While most pet shops have the Betta in a tiny bowl, in real life, most Bettas likely would love a larger housing. After all, do you prefer to get stuck in a little 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 little place even if you did have the water to swim around in?
Have a look at the natural surroundings of any fish; take a good look. You have probably never seen a fish being born or raised or residing its entire life in a tiny Betta bowl, except at the pet shops.
The reason they are in those bowls is because they can’t let the Betta in with certain other fish, especially not their particular type of fish, the male Betta. They are known as the”Siamese Fighting Fish” and that will give you a clue as to the character of such a fish.
So, let’s face it. The real reason that all those 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 purchase when you use a very small bowl as 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 stores were made to give appropriate housing to Betta fish, they would need to provide each Betta a ten or twenty gallon fish tank. That would be too costly, so all the shops house the Betta fish in tiny, glass bowls that are economical for the shops.
Personally, I had a Betta in a ten gallon fish tank and that Betta was the happiest fish . . So, be prepared, and be good to your Betta. Give your Betta a larger living space. You may put some plants in there and some small decorations and you’re all set for your new Betta’s environment.
As you are at the library, pick up a few books on tropical fish and pick up a novel about Bettas but read with caution. The book will tell you how you can care for the Betta. It will tell you where to find Bettas and Betta supplies.
Before you purchase your Betta, or before you purchase any fish in any way, do the smart thing and purchase everything you need for your fish before you even look at fish. The concept is to get the setup all fit into 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 then let the filter run for a day or two before you go to buy the fish.
Consider putting in a few live plants besides the plastic ones you might have chosen. Mixing both live and plastic plants in an aquarium can give it a most interesting look.
Consider buying a bigger filter than necessary, just because.
Personally, for me personally, I had always opted for only slightly larger. Sure you are starting out with one fish but months from now or a year from now, you just might have a whole community of fish living in that exact same tank. If you think bigger at the beginning, that saves you time, trouble and money later on in your hobby progress.
Do your research if you are contemplating raising fish. Find out which fish are friendly and which are very competitive. There has been more than 1 hobbyist that has brought home a predator fish just to find his or her other fish dead after a day or so.
And then there are those fish who just like to nibble on each other. Some of the Angel Fish varieties occasionally will nibble the fins of other Angel Fish. And they will nibble and nibble till they can’t nibble anymore. So you might do plenty of research on Angel Fish before purchasing them.
If you want to breed fish and you are a true beginning, the Guppy might be the perfect fish for you to start with. But bear in mind, that larger Guppy will most likely attempt to consume all the infants so have a separate tank ready for the baby fish OR get one of those divider particles for your tank and you may divide almost any tank into two separate tanks. If you look in the fish pet stores or aquariums, you will notice that they also make small side tanks which hang off the tops of the larger aquariums. They’ll 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 buying or raising fish.
Buy the recommended foods. And if you’re able to find a no frills brand that will work too.
You might not want to do this but I’ll share a secret with you. I did run out of fish food one day, long ago, in winter and I did not live near a pet store. I went to the cupboard and took out the box of Cheerios and proceeded to smash the Cheerios into a fine grain. Yes, I did feed to the fish and they ate like that for ten or more days, until eventually I was able to go and purchase fish food. Yes they survived!
Some fish love live food. And the pet stores will sell live food for the reptiles and to get some fish. They mostly always have a feeding tank, a huge tank, which has feeder fish in it. If you have a huge fish like an Oscar fish, that fish occasionally as large as 12 inches, can and will and does eat fish. I am not suggesting you feed any fish into another fish. I’m just sharing ideas here.
Do only what is safe and healthy for your fish.
That is the bottom line, knowledge is power and knowledge of the fish industry, and of the details of how fish live and breed, is a wonderful thing when you are ready to really jump into your aquarium hobby.