Uncle Ned's Fish Factory
|1590 Main St (Rte. 109), Millis MA 02054, USA, (508) 533 5969|
Betta Splendens, or Siamese Fighting Fish, is an anabantid "air breathing" freshwater tropical fish. He can take his oxygen from the water like other fish, or he can breath atmospheric air by using his labyrinth organ.
He is native to Southeast Asia.
He fights with other male bettas. He also fights with fish that look like male bettas, so he needs to be kept by himself.
In the wild, bettas eat mostly insects. In captivity, it's a good idea to feed freeze-dried foods like daphnia and bloodworms. They can also eat prepared food such as Hikari Betta Bio Gold, flake foods, live brine shrimp or frozen brine shrimp. Put in only a tiny bit of food, as much as he can eat up in about 2 minutes. Feed once a day, but don't worry about skipping a day or 2 once in a while.
Don't let your betta get too cold. They are very hardy fish, but should be kept at temperatures above 70 degrees F when possible. If your house tends to run cool on winter nights, simply put your betta's bowl on an upper shelf, or near a radiator.
For best results (and best looks of the bowl) you should change most of the water once or twice a week. Carefully pour off the old water, mix up some new water (1 or 2 degrees armer than room temperature) and refill his bowl. In most areas it's a good idea to use Novaqua, Aquatan, or other chlorine removers to prepare the new water. Some people like to use spring water. Don't use distilled water. Add a live aponogetan plant or a banana plant!
CAUTION! Every imaginable household chemical will kill your fish! Keep soap, bleach, window cleaner, furniture polish, insecticides, air fresheners, and any questionable mate away from your fish bowl or aquarium.