Caring for a betta fish

Caring for a betta fish

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We enjoyed this video by Fluval so much we thougth we’d share it with you, along with a few tips on caring for a betta fish.


Betta fish are small, colorful fish that range in size from 1″ to 5″.  It’s best to provide them with a 5 gallon or larger tank, even though they technically can live in a smaller environment. For the betta’s health it’s best to have at least a 5 gallon tank.

When caring for a betta fish, make sure to provide the right type of food: pellets specifically for betta fish.  Betta fish won’t eat the roots of plants, despite what some believe.  They need food specifically designed for them.

You’ll need a thermometer to measure water temperature and maybe also wish to purchase accessories for your betta’s tank. Who doesn’t love watching their fish swim and in and out of a pirate ship or hide amongst the leaves of an aquatic plant?

While betta tanks don’t need a filter, they do need to be cleaned regularly and you’ll need to make sure that you use bottled filtered water for their tanks – not tap water.  The chlorine and other chemicals in tap water can harm your betta.

There are many fish that you can use to compliment your betta; never put 2 male betta fish in the same tank, however, as they’ll end up harming one another.  This list from shows a variety of options for fish that will thrive with your betta.

  • Catfish: including bristlenose plecos, cory catfish (corydoras), Pygmy corydoras and glass catfish. Glass catfish do best in small groups, while bristlenose plecos can grow to be large and may require a tank upgrade at some point.
  • Neon and Ember tetras: small schools of tetras can do well with bettas, but can also be fin-nippers and should be watched.
  • Blue gouramis: have similar care requirements and tank conditions to the betta, but require tanks around 20-gallons in size.
  • Khulii Loaches
  • Ghost shrimp: be sure to choose large ones or select between eight and ten to put in with your betta so they don’t get eaten.
  • African dwarf frogs: some of the best tank mates for bettas, just make sure the betta doesn’t eat all the frog’s food.
  • Guppies: can make good tank mates, but there may be a few territorial fights until dominance is established. Try to pick common guppies instead of the fancy colorful ones. Competing colors induce more fighting.

If you have questions about caring for a betta fish, please give us a all at (970) 245-2526.