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How do I take care of a Betta Fish?

I have never been a fish owner and have been told that these fish are really easy to care for.


Asked by momoflilangel at 1:32 PM on Oct. 4, 2009 in Pets

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  • I knew someone would say this. NO you cannot put them in a vase with a plant. It is not enough room for them,. the plant keeps them from getting to the surface. THEY HAVE TO BREATH AIR. They do not eat the plants roots. This is a very poor choice of living for a Betta. They need a tank with a lid because they DO jump.


    Answer by RaeLynn1221 at 12:13 PM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • They are! They're kind of funny too. If you put a small mirror in it's tank they will puff up their faces and spread out their fins. It's actually a territorial thing, but it's funny :)
    You just feed them and make sure they have enough water in their tank. Very easy to care for.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:37 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • Bettas can live w/o a filter --- so you can either set up a regular tank w/ filter or put him in a goldfish tank or even a vase with ivy. Just have to clean it out about once a week.

    Small pinch of food once/twice a day.

    Do NOT put 2 males together --- they will fight to the death. BUT, it is healthy for them to "challenge" --- so setting up a mirror or getting 2 males in seperate tanks where they can see each other for about an hour a day is a good idea.

    They can live peacefully with most other community fish... do NOT mix with snails --- they'll eat their eyeballs.

    That's about it --- pretty simple.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 1:39 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • I forgot --- if you want to add more community fish, you'll have to set up a tank & filter --- bettas & goldfish are the only fish that can live w/o a filter, BUT bettas & goldfish can't coexist in the same environment.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 1:41 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • i have one and i feed it every day and i change the water at least once every 2 weeks.....i use bottled water instead of the tap but if i use tap water then i put these tablets in it to help make the water safe for them

    Answer by SPC.armywife at 1:42 PM on Oct. 4, 2009

  • We have 2 of them, they are in different tanks. Once a day we feed them 1 betta fish tablet a piece. I do use tap water, but the water has sat for at least 2 day to let the chlorine evaporate. They are the easiest pet to have.

    Answer by mom-2-4boys at 5:16 PM on Oct. 4, 2009