So, you’re considering purchasing a Betta fish or another tropical fish? What makes you consider the Betta?
Are you buying the Betta since you see them in little tiny round bowls and you believe that this seems to be an easy fish to take home for a pet?
If that’s the only reason, I would like you to stop right now and reconsider your choice of pets. While most pet shops have the Betta in a tiny bowl, in real life, most Bettas probably would love a bigger housing. After all, would you prefer to be stuck in a tiny bowl where you can practically touch the walls from wherever you are in the bowl? Would you like to be held prisoner in such a little place even when you did have the water to float around in?
Take a look at the natural environment of any fish; take a fantastic look. You have probably never seen a fish being born or raised or living its whole life in a little Betta bowl, except in the pet stores.
The reason they’re in those bowls is because they can not let 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” which should give you a clue concerning the character of such fish.
So, let’s face it. The real reason that all those fish are in tiny bowls is because that is the least expensive way that the fish shops can keep the fish. There are no filters, and no filtration cartridges to buy when you use a very small bowl as a fish tank.
If Greenacres Rat Removal were forced to give appropriate housing to Betta fish, they would need to provide every Betta a twenty or ten gallon fish tank. That would be too expensive, so all the shops house the Betta fish in tiny, glass bowls that are economical for the shops. . So, be prepared, and be good to your Betta. Give your Betta a larger living space. You may put some plants in there and some small decorations and you’re all set for your new Betta’s environment.
While you’re at the library, pick up a few books on tropical fish and get a book about Bettas but read with caution. The book will tell you how to look after the Betta. It’ll tell you where to find Bettas and Betta supplies.
Before you buy your Betta, or before you buy any fish at all, do the smart thing and purchase all you need for your fish before you even look at fish. The idea is to have the setup all fit in the spot where you can keep it in your house or office. Set up the tank, the water, the filter, and some other decorative items you want in the tank, and let the filter run for a day or two before you go to purchase the fish.
Consider putting in a few live plants aside from the plastic ones you may have chosen. Mixing both live and plastic plants in an aquarium may give it a most interesting look.
Consider buying a bigger filter than necessary, just because. Most times, people start looking for small, inexpensive set ups for fish.
Personally, for myself, I’d always opted for only a little bit larger. Sure you’re starting out with one fish but months from now or a year from now, you just might have an entire community of fish living in that same tank. If you think bigger at the start, that saves you time, trouble and money later on in your hobby progress.
Do your research if you are considering raising fish. Find out which fish are friendly and which are very aggressive. There’s been more than one hobbyist that has brought home a predator fish just to find her or his other fish dead after a day or so.
And then there are those fish who just prefer to nibble on each other. And they will nibble and nibble until they can’t 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 true beginning, the Guppy might be the ideal fish for you to start with. But remember, that bigger Guppy will most likely try to consume all the babies so have a separate tank ready for the baby fish OR get one of these divider particles for your tank and you can divide almost any tank into two different tanks. When you look in the fish pet shops or aquariums, you’ll notice that they also make small side tanks that hang off the tops of the larger aquariums. They’ll catch the fish, but them in that smaller tank and then carry the tank to the register for you to purchase your fish. So, there are lots of options when you’re thinking of buying or raising fish.
Purchase the recommended foods. And if you can get a no frills brand that will work also.
You might not need to do this but I’ll share a secret with you. I did run out of fish food daily, long ago, in winter and that 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 this to the fish and they ate like that for ten or more days, until eventually I was able to go and buy fish food. And the pet stores will sell live food for the reptiles and for a few fish. If you have a huge fish such as an Oscar fish, that fish occasionally as large as 12 inches, can and will and does eat fish. I am not suggesting you feed any fish to a different fish. I am just sharing ideas here.
Do only what is safe and healthy for your fish. Read, read, read, and do your research on subjects of fish, fish diseases, and other aquatic related topics.
That is the main point, knowledge is power and knowledge of the fish business, and of the specifics of how fish live and breed, is a wonderful thing when you are ready to really jump into your aquarium hobby.