Disclosure: This new pet Betta fish post was sponsored by PetSmart through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about PetSmart, all opinions are my own.
“So 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. The family member I am talking about is a new pet Betta fish.”
The above was written on my blog almost 4 years ago. I have archived my earlier blogging articles including this one. But this was a big deal for our family back then. Plus, we will never forget it. Since then, we have also added a golden retriever dog, Elsa, to our family. So, we aren’t strangers to pets in our home. Because of this, we still are a PetSmart family. Because this is where we go for all our dog’s needs. This includes food, treats, grooming, training, and more. Coincidentally on one of our most recent PetSmart visits, my girls ventured over to the fish side of the store. Then, they asked why we couldn’t get another fish.
I was on the fence at first. But then I decided that they are a bit older than they were that first time out. Plus we all learned from our earlier fish encounter. Back then I knew Betta fish were the easiest to maintain. But I still stayed away from Betta fish. Because as a kid I had these types of fish. See I found out the hard way that Betta fish can go after other Betta fish. So, 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. Plus I had a huge fish tank to go along with them. Why? Because my father didn’t have the heart to tell me one of my Betta fish ate the other Betta fish.
Thanks to a bit more research online specifically at Aqua Pet Pro to learn more. This time out, I actually ended up buying the girls one male new pet Betta fish for their hot pink girly fish tank.
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Thankfully at this point, we have had no real issues. Plus, our new pet betta fish happily has been with us for a few weeks. He bypassed its fish predecessors from a few years back by far.
So, I am happy to share how we take care of our new pet Betta fish.
7 Ways to Care for Your New Pet Betta Fish
1. Pick out a new pet Betta fish.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a new pet Betta fish. These include 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. Why Because this fish appeared to be in good condition, as well as very animated, too.
Also you don’t want to put two male Betta fish together at all for the aggressive, obvious reasons. Therefore, I caution just sticking with one Betta fish. Plus one fish to start with is more than enough pet in my humble estimation for young kids.
2. Make sure to have a proper home for it.
They say a new pet Betta fish can live in a small bowl. But we decided to go with a small filtered tank that our Betta fish seems to be thriving in.
See I feel that a bit larger for fish is better as far as living space. So, that is why I recommend an inexpensive tank over a bowl.
Have a read of this post to find a decent 10 gallon fish tank filter for your tank.
3. Prepare the tank first.
Make sure that after you add tap water that you run the filter for a bit before adding your new pet Betta fish.
A cover isn’t necessary if you add at least 80% tap water. But better safe as a cover doesn’t hurt. Why? Because 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. This is fairly inexpensive, but helps removes chlorine from tap water. Also, try not to use bottled water. Because it deprives your Betta of necessary minerals. Plus it is not fish ‘safe’. So treated tap water is both a cheaper and better alternative.
4. Now you are ready to add your Betta fish.
Slowly and carefully add your new pet Betta fish by tipping the container in which you received your Betta fish into the new tank. This allows the new water and old water to mix together. Also, this gives your Betta fish time to slowly acclimate 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. Plus, they are pretty easy as far as feeding goes.
6. Cleaning the tank.
This shouldn’t be done very often. Why? Because new pet 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. Because 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 pet 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. Because they just love the added company, too. You can also help entertain your betta fish with fun toys.
There you have it: 7 simple ways to make a Betta fish into a very low-key but new pet member of your family.