Siamese fighting fish are very sturdy and hardy fish. They make great pets for kids because they are not expensive or hard to take care of. Even though these are tough fish, it is still important to learn some simple steps on how how to taken care of them.
How to Keep a Betta Fish Alive for long time
Choose your betta fish carefully.
Try supporting local businesses that take good care of their fish instead of big chain pet stores. Local pet store and online bettas usually have better genetics than the ones that come from the fish farms that supply pet store chains. Genes play a large role in betta health. Young bettas are brightly colored and have long, flowing tails; as they get older, their colors dull. Choose a younger, brighter, healthy-looking fish in order to keep it alive for longer.
- When purchasing a betta fish, be sure to examine its tail. If it looks like it has been ripped apart (it is harder to spot on crowntails, but their fins may be curled), that means it may be biting its tail or have fin rot. Both of these signal signs of stress and bad water quality.
Purchase an appropriate tank
Bettas originate from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia, where they lived in large rice paddies. Consequently, they prefer tanks that are spacious and long, rather than tall and deep. For your betta to live the happiest, longest life, provide at least a five gallon aquarium with a filter and heater. Your betta fish can survive for some time without these, but they will not live the best life.
Provide your betta with multiple foods choices
Bettas can be picky eaters and you should have three or more different kinds of food on hand. This way, your fish can choose between the ones that it likes and dislikes. A good way to know what your betta likes and dislikes is give him/her a little piece. If they do not eat it or spit it out, it is possible that they do not like that kind of food.
Do not put your betta in a small tank with other bettas
Betta fish are called Siamese fighting fish for a reason. They are very territorial and will fight to the death. If you are considering keeping more than one betta in a tank, make sure it is at least 20 gallons (75.7 L) and extremely heavily planted.
- Do not under any circumstances keep a male betta with another male betta. Chances are, you do not have a heavily planted tank that provides at least sixty gallons per betta.
- You can keep females with females, as long as there are more than five together. They will establish a pecking order and if you do not have enough, the lowest or weakest ones will be bullied to death. With more fish, the bullying is distributed enough to keep them all safe. Your fish would much prefer to be alone, however.
Perform weekly water changes.
In smaller tanks, change out 25% of the water each week. With a tank over 10 gallons (37.9 L), you can wait two weeks, just make sure to test the water for toxins.
Add a water conditioner to your fish tank.
Water conditioner can be bought at your local pet supply store. It removes chlorine/chloramines and heavy metals from tap water, making it safe for your fish to live in.
Check on your fish regularly and do health checks
White spots, pine coning scales, and a rust-like texture are some indicators that your fish needs treatment immediately.
Play with your fish.
Train it to do tricks such as jump out of the water to take food, swim through a hoop or follow your finger. Bettas can recognize faces and they become very attached to their owners.