Newbie’s Guide to Betta Fish Tanks

Thinking about buying a betta?  Well, you should get an aquarium to house it.  If you’re new to the whole process, there are a few things you should know about setting up betta fish tanks.  This article will give you a few tips to get you started.

Size

One of the first things you need to think about when getting a tank is its size.  If you’ll only have one fish, a three to five gallon tank will be sufficient.  Multiple fish will do best in a 10 gallon tank since they’ll need a lot of space to swim around freely. 

Filtration

You will also need to get a filtration system.  If you don’t keep the water clean, your fish will become sick very quickly.  Make sure the filter’s strength is suitable for the tank’s size.  If it’s too strong, the water current will make it difficult for your fish to swim around easily.  Even with a filtration system, you need to be prepared to do 10-15% manual water changes on a weekly basis.

Cover

Did you know that bettas love to jump?  Well they do!  One of the most common causes of death of these fish is jumping out of their tanks or bowls to their death.  Therefore, make sure you get a cover for the tank.

Decorations

Now for the fun part.  If you don’t want your little buddy swimming around in plain water, you should look into adding some decorations to the tank.  There are a variety of decorations you can add to betta fish tanks such as buildings, figurines, and rocks.  Be careful not to put rocks in that have sharp edges.  Your fish can rub against it and harm himself.

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