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“So it would appear that we may be adding a new member to our family soon. And for those of you thinking congratulations are in order or that I must be crazy; let me spell this out for you. No, I am NOT pregnant again. Two children less than 16 months apart has cured me of that bug at this point in my life. The family member I am talking about is a fish.”
The above was written on my blog almost 4 years ago. I have archived many of my earlier blogging articles including this one, but still this was a big deal for our family back then and we will never forget it.
Since then, though, we have also added a golden retriever dog, Elsa, to our family. So, we are no strangers to pets in our home.
Because of this, we still are a PetSmart family as this is where we go for all our dog’s needs, including food, treats, grooming, training and so much more.
Coincidentally on one of our most recent PetSmart visits, my girls ventured over to the fish side of the store, where they proceeded to ask why we couldn’t get another fish and try again.
I was on the fence at first, but then I figured they are a bit older than they were that first time out, plus I think we all learned from our earlier fish encounter.
Back then even though I knew Betta fish were the easiest to maintain, I still had tried to stay away from Betta fish, because as a kid I had these type of fish and found out the hard way that Betta fish (especially male Betta fish as they are more aggressive) can go after other Betta fish.
See, Betta fish usually cannot be left in the same bowl together for this reason. On a related side note, this is how I ended up with about 20 fish and a huge fish tank to go along with them, because my father didn’t have the heart to tell me about one of my Betta fish eating the other Betta fish.
This time out, though, I actually did end up buying the girls one male Betta fish for their hot pink girly fish tank.
Thankfully at this point, we have had no real issues and our fish has been happily with us for a few weeks, bypassing its fish predecessors from a few years back by far.
So, I am happy to share some of the ways we have cared for our new Betta fish so far.
7 Ways to Care for Your Pet Betta Fish
1. Picking Out A Betta Fish –
A few things to consider when choosing a Betta fish are color, responsiveness, fins condition or just being drawn to one over the other.
Honestly, I looked at about a dozen with the girls and we couldn’t get past one pretty pinkish/red Betta fish, which appeared to be in good condition, as well as seemed very animated, too.
Also as I previously said you don’t want to put two male Betta fish together at all for the aggressive, obvious reasons. I would say just stick with one Betta fish, as one fish to start with anyways is more than enough pet in my humble estimation for young kids.
2. Make Sure to Have A Proper Home For It –
Although they say a Betta can live in a small bowl, we decided to go with a small filtered tank that our Betta fish seems to be thriving in.
I always feel that a bit larger, especially for fish, is a bit better as far as living space to be honest. So, that is why I do recommend an inexpensive tank over a bowl.
3. Prepare The Tank First –
You will want to make sure that after you add tap water that you run the filter for a bit before adding your Betta fish.
A cover isn’t necessary if you add at least 80% tap water, but to be safe a cover doesn’t hurt as Bettas can be active and sometimes jump over 3 inches, as crazy as it sounds!
Plus you will want to buy a water conditioner, such as Prime, which is fairly inexpensive but helps removes chlorine from tap water. Also, try not to use bottled water, as it deprives your Betta of necessary minerals and is not fish ‘safe’. So believe it or not, treated tap water is both a cheaper and better alternative.
4. Now You Are Ready to Add Your Betta Fish –
You want to very slowly and carefully add your new Betta fish by tipping the container in which you received your Betta fish into the new tank, thus allowing the new water and old water to mix together. This will allow your Betta fish to slowly get acclimated to his new home and environment.
5. Feeding Your Betta Fish –
Betta fish primarily eat pellets and only 3 once daily. They truly don’t eat much and are pretty easy as far as feeding goes.
6. Cleaning the Tank –
This shouldn’t be done very often as Betta fish take time to acclimate to a new environment. But when you do, make sure to place your Betta fish in a container filled with old water while washing the tank.
Simply wash the tank with hot water, as soap can hurt your Betta fish. You also want to leave about 25% of the old water in the tank and fill the rest with treated tap water again. Once this is done, then you can return your Betta fish to the tank.
7. Have Fun with Your New Betta Fish –
Betta fish actually do come to know their owners, so it helps if you spend time in their presence and they are in a space where they have some face time with you. For this reason, we actually put the tank in our girls’ bedroom and they just love the added company, too.
There you have it: 7 simple ways to make a Betta fish into a very low-key but new pet member of your family.
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