Originally Posted by lelei
In regards to the hiding spots, are you referring to the plants, you mentioned caves, yes, they have sharp edges as well, but I am not sure if you mean plants that will rip the fins ..other than that..I love it, and I hope it will help..one thing tho, when we get something in a hurry, that is a lot of information, is there a way to somewhat break it down, in 5 major points to emphasize the 1st 5 things to know when purchasing a betta..how does that sound..
I've thought about that, and every time I try it's like there are a million things to add! Haha. But I can be pretty long-winded. :P
Let's see... basic betta care necessities and information:
1. Warm water (between 78 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit), maintained with a heater and verified with a thermometer.
2. Clean water.
- In tanks above 5 gallons, 1 50% water change weekly, with gravel vacuuming.
- In tanks 2.5 gallons to 5 gallons, 1 50% change, 1 100% change weekly or 4 50% changes weekly.
Tanks smaller than 2.5 gallons ARE NOT recommended.
Note: Every tank is different. The only way to verify that these are effective schedules is to test the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate concentrations of the water with a liquid test kit.
3. Places to hide. This includes silk plants and smooth caves. Betta fins are delicate, so be sure decorations are soft enough to not rip fins.
4. Access to air. Bettas breathe air from just above the surface of the water. Make sure they have access to the surface of water and adequate air supply above the water. Bettas will drown without access to surface air.
5. Bettas jump. Make sure your tank has a lid.
AHHH I WANT TO ADD MORE. Like that they hate current!