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Beta Fish Facts And FAQ


What should I feed my beta fish?
How long do beta fish live?
What is the difference in a beta fish and siamese fighting fish?
How much does a beta fish cost?
What colors are beta fish?
What should I look for when buying a beta fish?
Why does my beta fish flare his fins and gills?
How much space does a beta fish need?
Can I really keep my beta fish in a vase?
How often does my beta fish water need changing?
What temperature should I keep my beta fish's water?
Can I keep two beta fish in the same tank?
What other fish can live together with beta fish?
How can I tell the difference between male and female beta fish?
What is a bubble nest?
What should I feed the beta fish young or fry?
My beta fish does not seem interested in breeding, what should I do?
What should I do if my beta fish won't eat? 


 
Q: What should I feed my beta fish?
A: BettaMin Floating Flake Food and Delecta Freeze Dried Blood Worms  
are available in most pet stores and Wal-Mart Stores. We also
feed the fish in our fish bowls a few live Black Worms three days a week and
occasionally some live or frozen brine shrimp. A little bit of live food is
very good, but too much seems to cause problems. this combined with a few
Black Worms every second or third day is never a bad idea. 
Q: How long do beta fish live?
A: Beta fish can live for 2 to 3 years in a tank or fish bowl.  for Our 
Selection of Beta fish Bowls and Tanks.
Q: What is the difference in a beta fish and siamese fighting fish?
A: There is no difference, they are generally interchangeable. However,
siamese fighting fish usually refers to the male beta fish. 
Q: How much does a beta fish cost?
A: Beta fish can range in price anywhere form $1.99 to over $1000 depending
on the rarity of the colors and tail. 
Q: What colors are Beta Fish?
A: Beta fish come in many colors and variations including but not limited to
white, yellow, orange, red, green, royal blue, steel blue, black, pastel, and 
cellophane. 
Q: What should I look for when buying a beta fish?
A: A healthy beta fish has regularly shaped fins, a straight spine, no spots, 
tears in the fins, or smooth scales. With a beta fish, bigger is not necessarily 
better. Click Here for our selection of Beta Fish

Q: Why does my beta flare his fins and gills?
A: Male beta fish will flare in order to intimidate other fish especially when 
they feel threatened.It is not uncommon for beta fish to do this when shown 
their own reflections.




Q: How much space does a beta fish need?
A: A single beta fish, alone in a tank will need a recommended half-gallon tank.


Q: Can I really keep my beta fish in a vase?
A: Yes it can, and has been done however, in order to provide your beta fish 
with a healthy and happy life it is recommended against keeping them in a vase. 
Q: How often does my beta fish water need changing?
A: Anything smaller then a one gallon tank should be changed twice a week.
Anything larger should be changed every week to week and a half. If you are 
using a filer then change the entire water every 3-4 weeks. 
Q: What temperature should I keep my beta fish's water?
A: A good mean temperature for beta fish seems to be 78 degrees F. However
anything in the range of 75-85 degrees should be fine. 
Q: Can I have two betas in the same tank?
A: Not if they are males. Males will fight each other and the looser will end up 
dead. Females can live together with lots of plants and a large tank. Females 
will also peck each other which may cause injuries. Male and females can live 
together however, it is only recommended for the short time they are breeding. 
Q: How can I tell the difference between male and female beta fish?
A: The male beta is the one with longer flowing fins which he flares in the
presence of most other fish. The male also has a longer and larger overall body
The female is usually smaller in size then the male and much less aggressive.
As well, all female beta fish have a small white dot on their stomach directly
behind their ventral fins, or the shorter fins on their stomachs. 

Q: What is a bubble nest?
A: Male beta fish will often build bubble nests when they are happy or content.
These may look like large masses of floating bobbles at the top of the tank.
This is nothing to worry about and is perfectly normal. Betas take in surface
air and move over under his nest and place a single bubble. After many, many
bubbles, they can create a large, thick nest. However the real reason a male
beta fish will build a bubble nest is to harbor and protect the female beta
fishes eggs. the male will carry each egg up into the bubble nest and place
it in very carefully. 
Q: What should I feed the beta young or fry?
A: There are two opinions on that question. The first is that they can be fed
newly-hatched brine shrimp The second is that those will be too large for
the fry and they should be fed insuforia (take a boiled lettuce leaf and some
water and leave it in a jar in the sun for a few days) 
Q: My beta does not seem interested in breeding, what should  I do?
A: All beta fish will breed just some are in less of a hurry to do so. Water changes
and variances induce males to make nests. Try fluctuating breeding tank 
temperature between day and night. 72 - 74 during the night with an increase to 
80 during the day. Above all else, allow ample time for the pair to bond and breed. 
Q: What should I do if my beta won't eat?
A: When you first buy a beta fish it is normal for them not to eat. After a few days 
theyshould settle down and begin eating. often when the beta does eat he will 
take the food then spit if out. This is often done to soften up the food. If the beta 
is still not eating thentry crushing the pellets into smaller pieces, finally try different 
foods. Your beta will eventually eat one kind. 
              

 

 

 

 

 

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