Originally Posted by Shirleythebetta
Good information guys. I think just my family and friends are going to see this but I would like to make sure you guys get referenced. College brainwashed me into citing my sources correctly. I may be able to use this for a future class, who knows? My main issue is since I have been getting into betta keeping my family is getting into it too. Just my sister in law and my dad. They are betta and gold fish killers though so I want to go into an in depth lesson they will understand. I myself want to focus on learning if there is a large difference in domestic and wild fish needs, basically if the needs are the same while including a basic care thing.
Unfortunately, domesticated splendens are quite different from their wild counterparts so their care doesn't really compare. I keep both and all I would say is that both wilds and splendens require adequate space, clean, heated water, and a quality diet.
IMO mental stimulation of some form is also beneficial to the fish.