So, you’re interested in buying a Betta fish or a different tropical fish? What makes you think about the Betta?
Are you buying the Betta simply because you see them in small tiny round bowls and you think that this seems like 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 small place even when you did have the water to swim around in?
Have a look at the natural environment of any fish; take a good look. You’ve probably never seen a fish being born or raised or residing its whole life in a little Betta bowl, except in the pet stores.
The reason they’re in those bowls is because they can’t allow the Betta in with certain other fish, especially not their own type of fish, the male Betta. They are known as the”Siamese Fighting Fish” and that will give you a clue concerning the personality of such a fish.
Thus, let’s face it. The actual reason that all those fish are in tiny bowls is because that is the cheapest way that the fish stores can keep the fish. There are no filters, and no filtration cartridges to purchase when you use a tiny 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 stores were forced to give appropriate housing to Betta fish, they would have to give each Betta a twenty or ten gallon fish tank. That would be too costly, so all the stores house the Betta fish in tiny, glass bowls which are economical for the stores.
. Give your Betta a bigger living space. You may put some plants in there and some tiny decorations and you are all set for your new Betta’s environment.
While you are at the library, pick up a couple of books on tropical fish and get a book about Bettas but read with caution. The book will tell you how you can care for the Betta. It’ll tell you where to find Bettas and Betta supplies.
Prior to buying your Betta, or before you buy any fish in any way, do the smart thing and purchase all you need for the fish before you even look at fish. The concept is to get the setup all fit in the spot where you will keep it in your home or office. Prepare the tank, the water, the filter, and some other decorative items you want inside 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 aside from the plastic ones you might have chosen. Mixing both plastic and live plants in an aquarium may give it a most interesting look.
Consider purchasing a bigger 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 slightly larger. You just never know. Sure you’re 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 larger at the beginning, that saves you time, trouble and money later on in your hobby advancement.
Do your research if you’re contemplating raising fish. Determine 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 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’ll nibble and nibble till they can not nibble anymore. So you might do plenty of research on Angel Fish prior to buying them.
If you would like to breed fish and you’re a real beginning, the Guppy might be the ideal fish for you to begin with. But remember, that bigger Guppy will most likely try to consume all the infants so have a separate tank prepared for the baby fish OR get one of these divider particles for your tank and you may divide just about any tank into two separate tanks. When you look in the fish pet shops or aquariums, you will notice 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 of purchasing or raising fish.
Purchase the recommended foods. And in case you’re able to get a no frills brand that will work too.
You might not need 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 nice grain. Yes, I did feed to the fish and they ate like that for ten or more days, until finally I was able to go and buy fish food. Yes they survived!
And the pet stores will sell live food for the reptiles and for some fish. I am just sharing thoughts here.