More and more recently I have noticed people coming here saying they keep their bettas in half gallon bowls with no heat, so I thought it would be good to have a thread stating all the basic betta requirements!
1: All bettas need
at least 1.5 gallons of water.
Why? Because a betta will survive
with a half gallon tank, but they will not thrive
2: All bettas need
a heated tank.
Why? Because despite what petsmart/petco/walmart may tell you, bettas are TROPICAL
fish and need to be kept in a heated tank.
3:No male betta should EVER
be kept with a female fish unless for breeding purposes. (This does not apply to babies under 6-8 weeks old)
4:No male betta should EVER
be kept with another male.
5:You should NEVER
put your male betta in a tank with another male for fighting purposes!No matter what you have been told, it is not safe, it is not healthy, and it is most certainly not entertaining!It can cause life threatening injuries and even death.
6:For tanks over 5gal, 1 50% water change and 1 100% water change is reccomended per week.For tanks under 5gal, daily water changes are reccomended.This is to reduce ammonia, nitrate + nitrite levels which can cause your fish serious damage when not controlled.
keep your betta in a vase, this is neither healthy nor safe for your betta!
8:Bettas are solitary fish, some females will thrive in a sorority tank, some may not, do not force a female into a sorority if it puts her safety or the safety of another fish at risk.
9:Always quarantine a fish before putting it into a shared/community/sorority tank. If the fish is carrying disease it may pass the disease onto a tankmate, or even start an epidemic.
10:Treat your betta with the respect and love they deserve, they are living creatures and not circus acts!
If anyone has any suggestions let me know and I will add them to the list.