Beginning with Bettas

Bettas have been selectively bred for color and finnage for over 100 years.  Due to this, bettas are some of the most colorful freshwater fishes.  Besides their beauty, bettas are also easy to keep and can be maintained in small bowls or aquariums. 

Bettas possess a labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe air from the surface.  This allows them to be kept in small aquariums or bowls without filtration. 

Male bettas are extremely aggressive towards their own species.  Males will fight to the death when placed together.  For this reason, it is imperative that only one betta be kept in a single aquarium. 

In order to keep your betta healthy, it is necessary to do water changes regularly.  Large two gallon bowls require water changes every two weeks.  Smaller bowls, such as the glass ivy bowls in our store, require water changes every three days.  When bettas are kept in aquariums, change about 25% of the water once a month as suggested for any aquarium. 

The type of water used for your betta is very important.  The best choice of water is from a mature aquarium.  If this is not available, your next best choice is bottled spring water.  Make sure not to use distilled water due to lack of minerals.  If you are using tap water, we recommend using Kent Marine's Ammonia Detox for treating and conditioning. 

In feeding bettas, we suggest a variety of foods, including Nippon's Betta Bits, flake foods, freeze dried foods (tubiflex worms), frozen foods, or live brine shrimp or bloodworms.  Feed small amounts of food every day or every other day.

Bettas are beautiful and graceful fish.  We at A World of Fish hope that you give them a try.  If you have questions on bettas or on any other kinds of fish, please call the Fish Experts at A World of Fish at (612) 866-2026 or (612) 866-1905.