Yesterday I purchased my second betta fish (the picture on the post label), a twin tail half-moon betta named Alpha. (Get it? From the greek alphabet, the first letter is alpha and the second is beta, pronounced the same as betta like the fish) He’s such a beautiful, curious little guy and I thought I would share some advice on how I help him have a happy and healthy life.
-First off, bettas need space too. I know the harmful stereotype that bettas can happily live in little cubes, but that is not true in any way. Betta fish need AT LEAST 2.5 gallons of tank space, although 5 is preferable. They must have clean, dechlorinated water with a basic ph level to keep their slime coat healthy.
-Betta fish need meat. In the wild they mostly eat insect larvae, and need to be fed a mostly carnivorous diet. Don’t feed them too much though, bettas’ stomachs are only about the size of their eyeball.
-Bettas are tropical fish, which means they need heaters. The ideal water temperature for bettas is around 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
-Two male bettas should NEVER be housed together, unless a tank divider is provided. You shouldn’t house male and female bettas together either, but five or more females can be in the same tank if provided enough space.
-Bettas can be housed with African dwarf frogs or other fish without bright colors when provided with enough space.
-Bettas don’t like strong currents, so use sponge or underground filters. If you’re using a canister filter with a strong flow, secure a pantyhose over the siphon.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Comment below if you have a betta and please like this too!