If you want to get a male fighting fish it is best to have them in a small tank alone because they are quite aggressive and can kill or harm other fish, even their own kind.
Females can sometimes be kept together in groups of four or more, although it is best to only do this once you get to know your fighting fish a bit better and understand their temperaments.
Before you get your fish clean out their tank/bowl (It is best not to use any chemicals because they can toxicate the water). Fill the tank/bowl with fresh rain water, as in some towns the tap water contains many harmful chemicals for a fish. It is good to add a few drops (following the directions on the bottle) of water treatment, to neutralize the chemicals in the water and make sure that it is well balanced for your fish. You can buy water treatment (sometimes known as conditioner) from your local pet store (the one you got the fish from).
Fighting Fish are quite intelligent, and, just like humans, can get bored easily. A few tank decorations are perfect for keeping your fighting fish happy and occupied. Here are some ideas for decorating the tank:
- Make an interesting backdrop for the tank, to brighten it up. You could make a collage with cutouts from magazines, or just draw a scene for the background.
- Fighting Fish will love a few plants, as they are great for hiding in and make the tank a lot more interesting.
- Putting pebbles on the bottom of the tank is a good idea because they will hide all of the dirt, waste, and unwanted food for a while!
- Believe it or not, Fighting Fish enjoy toys, such as a ping pong ball that will float on the surface and that they can push around with their noses.
- Fighting fish also love bright colours and shiny objects to explore. What I have done with my Betta is wrap marbles in the colourful, shiny Easter egg wrappers, and my fish loves it!
- A few interesting shells or non harmful objects can make your tank look great and captivate the attention of your Fighting fish for years!
If you live in a particularly cold place, it is a good idea to set your tank up with a heater, because during the cold weather the fish will become very inactive and perhaps sick with the cold water.
Bettas can live in small bowls, but you need to do several things. 1) In anything less than 5 gallons, they will require 25% daily water changes and 100% every week. This is to keep ammonia levels down. Bettas constantly release their waste into the water as ammonia, which can kill them and burn their fins away. It takes a little more than a day for ammonia to reach a dangerous level in a 1 gallon, so please keep up with daily water changes. 2) Bettas are tropical fish and need a constant temperature between 76-82* F. you NEED to buy a water heater, or your fish will become lathargic, more prone to disease, and die. Bettas are very hardy fish and can live for upwards of a year in cold water with dangerously high ammonia levels, but can live for 3-5 years if you are willing to spend the $17 dollars for a preset heater at Wal-mart (unless you go with a bigger tank, then invest in an adjustable heater from a pet store) and take 5 minutes out of your day to change his water so its not poisoning him. Please see bettafish.com for more info on proper care for betta fish.
Feeding: I give my betta food named betta bites, they are good for the fish and he seems to like them. Sometimes bettas get picky about food and so was mine at first but then they get used to it. Some bettas will eat fish flakes, but the pellets made especially for the betta are the best for them and they also revive the colour in the betta. If your fish doesn't eat them at all try a different food. You can give them 2-3 pellets for starting, then you can go up to four pellets when your fish gets a little older and you can feed him twice a day.
How to feed them: You put your finger at the top of the bowl and when the fish comes to your finger drop the pellet and he eats it. Make sure not to feed the fish right away because you want them to swallow it, right? That's about it for this part and here is a thing you need to be cautious about when you clean the bowl.
Sub-tropical and coldwater fish can live without heaters BUT you must note that just because a tank doesn't have a heater in it, doesn't mean it's coldwater! To have a true cold tank you need to install a chiller, which is far more expensive to buy and run than a measly heater!
Fish from all temperature ranges will be stressed out by temperature fluctuations (such as you having the heating blazing during the winter, and air conditioning during the summer!).
What fish you can keep also depends on your tank size. Goldfish are the most common coldwater fish, they also need very large over-filtered tanks. Smaller fish like White Cloud Mountain Minnows and Zebra Danios need to be in shoals in at least 15-20 gallons or more.
Research fish species very carefully!
no, goldfish are however multicellular organisms
If you want to keep fish I would strongly recommend buying a fish tank with a filter. I have noticed with only one fish they get lonely and just sit there as good as dead all day (of course this depends on what species of fish you keep!). They seem to be happier in groups if they're shoaling fish, such as Tetras. If you get more fish be sure you do not get a small tank, tanks under 10 US gallons are a waste of money.
Fish such as Comet Goldfish and such actually need tanks a minimum of 4ft long. They are often sold cheap, but this does not reflect the fact they get over 12" long and live over 20 years. They are also exceptionally messy fish really only best in ponds.
The humble Betta does not get scared by big tanks, but can be overwhelmed by power filters, they do well in softly filtered and heated tanks over 5 gallons, they should be very active and curious. Some Bettas seem to survive in unfiltered bowls but this does mean it's recommended by experienced fishkeepers and will not provide it with the stimulation and stability it really needs. Betta fish should have a small filter that is not very strong as they become iritated by the current taking them away because of there large fins. In the right care fish should live to their full life spans (for Bettas, that's over 3-5 years or more).Another AnswerNo fish should be kept in a fish bowl.
No fish should be kept in captivity without a filter.
You must understand the reason for having a filter in an aquarium. Fish produce ammonia as waste, and it is toxic. The filter media has lots of surface area where beneficial bacteria can colonize on them to feed on ammonia. You must have a minimal 5 gallon tank even for a single betta fish. The tank must have a filter and it must be cycled before you add any fish, or the fish will die to ammonia poisoning which is one of the leading causes for fish deaths.
Could be water quality, temperature, or he could just be constipated. Could be close to death, you can still save him/her though.
There are currently 28 recognised Betta species.
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Goldfish have teeth, but not in the way that you expect them; they are called pharyngeal teeth which are near the throat
On average, 4 to 5 years is fairly common. One thing to remember is that when you buy your betta fish, particularly the males (with the pretty fins), they are usually about 2 years old already when you buy them.
The average life span for a beta fish to live is 1-2 years. Or in some cases it can live from 5 to 10 years!
for a year or more depending how to take care of them
Betta fish to not hibernate. If you fish is acting lethargic, make sure that the water is not too cold (78 to 80F is best), and that the water is clean.
It could be because he/she has over-eaten or because he/she has dropsy. If only the "chest" is swollen, he/she has probably eaten too much. Don't feed him/her for a day or two, or give him/her a small piece of a pea (put a frozen pea in a little water and microwave for 10-15 seconds, then cool it down and cut it up, no skin). Start feeding him/her a little less at meal times.
If the whole fish is swollen, and the scales are sticking out (a little like a pinecone), it is dropsy. Dropsy can be caused by many things, including bacteria. If it is bacterial, it can be treated. Go to the pet store and look for fish medication. Good ones to look for are Maracyn or Maracyn-Two, but they are not the only medicines out there. Read the label of each brand carefully to see what will treat dropsy the best.
If it's a female, it could simply be that she's gravid (filled with eggs).
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No, this isn't a good idea. The betta might nibble the axolotl's delicate gills, and a big axolotl could swallow a betta, but the most obvious reason why the two are incompatible is that they prefer very different water temperatures. Bettas are tropical fish that require relatively high temperatures of 25-30 degrees Celsius, whereas axolotls prefer their water cooler, around 15 degrees.
Well, no but they are a lot better with them. For your fish, not for show, if you have gold fish, if you don't put a light in they will go silver. This is because of the lack of light.
2 or 3 years. If you are lucky maybe even 4 years, but no more than 5 at the very most.
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Yes. I'm sure the natives in the countries they live in often eat them with rice, soup, and other things.
Other species of the family, gouramis, are definitely used for food.
Yes. It not only provides water circulation and oxygen but houses essential bacteria that keeps your water quality healthy. As soon as it's turned off, that bacteria starts to die. The only time you turn it off is when you're doing you're weekly partial water change.
All water conditioner needs to do is remove the chlorine or chloramine from the tap water. Of course it will be OK for Goldfish.
Betta fish eat bloodworms, brine shrimp, betta pellets/flakes(avalible at all pet stores)
They can also eat little crumbs of bread(the bread will not give them all the vitamins that they need to carry on for the rest of the day) They can also eat anything that is for betta fish!
If you are wondering how much and how many times to feed your lovable fish look on the back of the container of your fish's food! Have fun with your betta fish!!!
In captivity, Bettas generally eat bloodworms or specially marketed pellets for Bettas.
Fish food. (pellets mostly)
A betta can eat anything that any other small tropical fish can eat. This includes fish flakes (such as Tetramin), bloodworms, and small pellet food. Bettas are prone to over-eating, and should only be fed what it can eat in about 1 minute, once or twice a day. That is usually about 4-5 flakes, or 2-3 pellets, or 2-3 large bloodworms.
Most of the time it is for dominant male spot. Fish have a pecking order and that order is every so often tested. The dominant male gets the food, the women and the choice locations. A fight could also occur from any one of those three named above. Territory is also a very big fish fight causer.
They don't actually fight. The male kills the female if she isn't ready to breed when he has access to her and if you leave them in the same tank for too long after they breed. They can only be together for that short time it takes for her to give him the eggs to fertilize and care for.
It means the fish is sick, and most likely will die. It can be any number of things including cancer and bladder infection.
Not in the same way that people 'burp' but they can and do 'gulp' air.
Not in a gallon bowl. Bettas are best in 5 gallons plus. Bumblebee Gobies in 10 gallons plus. If the tank was larger though, it would depend on the size and temperament of the Bumblebee Gobies. You don't want to add aggressive or territorial fish into a tank with a Betta Fish. Your Betta may bully your fish with some tail nipping, so make sure there are plenty of hiding spots for all the fish. Bumblebees are generally exceptionally peaceful, however, there is some debate as to whether they're brackish or freshwater! There are around 5 different very similar looking species of fish that get sold under the one name of "Bumblebee Goby".
It will also depend on your specific Betta. You may want to keep him in a tank with just one or two other fish and observe closely for a day to see how he behaves. If he appears to be overly aggressive, then you will want to keep him by himself (with the exception of an algae eater is usually okay). Goldfish of a decent size are the best fish to tank with your Betta if your Betta has never had a tank mate before.
Multiple male Betta should NEVER be tanked together - they will KILL each other.
If you are tanking multiple female Betta together, you must have at the very least four of them, but five is better. They have a pecking order and if you have only two of them, they'll kill each other. With larger numbers, they can appropriately adjust to a pecking order and won't kill each other. It's called a Betta Sorority, and should never be attempted by an amateur, or in a tank less then 10 gallons.
Again, sometimes the individual Betta will have their own temperament. If you end up with an overly aggressive Betta (either gender), you may have to house him or her alone.
This "Goldfish of a decent size are the best fish to tank with your Betta if your Betta has never had a tank mate before." Is incorrect. Any goldfish may start out tiny and innocent looking but the common comet goldfish can grow 2ft long and the fantails need at least 20 gallons each. Simply putting it, if a goldfish get's to grow to it's full size a betta will be breakfast(or lunch, depending on when it eats him/her) Bumblebee gobies are best kept in a species only tank or with a small school of Emerald eye rasboras or Red tail rasboras. Bumblebee gobies need a meaty diet and will nibble at any long flowy fins, I know this because my first one was housed with a single male guppy and his tail was almost gone from the BBG nibbling.
My understanding from my aquarium days was that most of the standard tropical fish were acceptable with a Beta. I think I've heard that they might want to nibble at the fins of an Angelfish. The big no-no of course is a second male Beta.
Good fish for a 10 gallon with a betta are Cory catfish (be sure to get the pygmy variety or else you are in for a surprise) cherry barbs, and depending on your bettas personality neon tetras. some betts can get along with neon tetras, others don't. All of the above mentioned fish need to be in groups of 6 or more because they are highly social fish, and will become the fish version of insane if they don't have alot of their own species around them. what do you mean by "betta couple?" male bettas should NEVER be kept together in the same tank unless it is divided, and females should NEVER live in groups of less than 4 (in a ten gallon you could do 6 females if it is heavily plated and decorated, but you shouldn't add other fish).