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Betta Fish

An aquarium can be an exotic water world full of seldom seen natural treasures. Artistically painted fish, mystifying invertebrates and delicate plant life bring a special part of nature’s world into your home. At Petland Frisco we have a special focus on Betta fish. We have all of the supplies you need to set up and maintain a new tank and the expertise of knowledgeable fish counselors to guide you every step of the way.

Behavioral Needs 

  • Decorations: Bettas can be shy fish- decorations will reduce stress, aggression and visually enhance the look of the aquarium. Bettas spend time in the top, middle and bottom of the aquarium so get decor that will provide security on each level of the aquarium. 
  • Artificial Plants: Betta Fish like to take rests from swimming. Plants offer bettas a place to lay down and not tire out. 
  • Companions: Unlike many community fish, bettas do not always get along with others. Consider getting a dwarf frog with your betta, but never another betta fish. 

Maintenance Needs

  • Filter: Filters are used to keep fish tanks clean and provide a healthy environment for your fish. Although Bettas do not require a filter in their tank, using one can help keep the water clean longer. 
  • Net: Useful when doing water changes. Scoop up your fish, move him to a separate container while you change the water, and then pour him into his clean tank! 
  • Algae Scraper: Best and safest way to clean aquarium glass – do not use pot scrubbers as they are too abrasive. Use the appropriate pad for your aquarium material (glass or plastic).

Environmental Needs

  • Aquarium: Betta fish do not require a large aquarium like some other fish do, but they do well in tanks that are at least 2.5 gallons or more. A larger tank provides more space for your fish to explore!
  • Glass Top: Prevents betta from jumping out of the tank while looking elegant.
  • Stand: Safely supports the weight of the aquarium and meets the tank’s warranty requirements.
  • Filtration Systems: This goes along with the filter itself. Filter media, such as carbon infused pads, goes into the filter. These should be replaced at least every month. These pads catch particles as water flows through them.
  • Heater and Thermometer: Having a stable temperature reduces stress and disease. Bettas prefer a temperature of about 76°F
  • Water Conditioner: Makes water safe for fish and other organisms by removing chlorine and ammonia. This is necessary because without it, your fish’s gills or frog’s skin can get an infection. 
  • Substrate: Needed for decorating and for nitrifying bacteria to adhere to, which promotes biological filtration.

Nutritional Needs

  • Staple Food: Bettas do very well with pellet food because their mouths are turned upward. Pellet food floats on the water making it easy for the bettas to eat. Flakes can also be fed. 
  • Special Treats: Bettas are carnivorous which makes bloodworms a good option for treats. Freeze dried bloodworms are more convenient than the frozen bloodworms because they do not need to be refrigerated. 
  • Frequency: Since bettas are small fish, they only need to eat 1 to 3 pieces of staple food once daily. Treats, such as freeze dried bloodworms, can be fed instead of staple food every other day if desired.  

Frequently Asked Questions

We carry betta fish. Betta fish (also known as Betta splendens or the Siamese fighting fish) are a long-time favorite pet for both beginner and veteran fish keepers because of their colorful finnage and spirited personalities.

There are no “easy” pets, but to be fair, bettas are easier to care for than many other types of fish. Bettas do, in fact, need less space than other fish, and they’re hardier.

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