Betta splendens, also known as Siamese fighting fish, are a large genus of fish. They are very small in size and usually brightly colored. They are part of the gourami family and have a ray fin. They are referred to as Siamese fighting fish due to their violent behavior when around other betta fish. Therefore, they tend to be kept separate from other fish.
Characteristic of a Betta Fish
Betta fish are relatively small. They usually only grow to be about 3 inches in length and ½ an inch wide. The natural coloring of a betta fish is brown and green, however many grow to be full of vibrant colors such as blue, purple, red and turquoise. These colors have been produced through selective breeding of the fish. All have flowy fins that are naturally small, but those that have been through selective breeding can have large fanned out fins.
Betta fish are perfect for a first-time pet as they don’t require the extensive tank setup required for other fresh water fish. Betta Fish can be placed in small plastic tanks, glass fish bowls and even decorative fish tanks that can be placed on tables, or the wall. With a reputation of a being a durable pet, it’s important to remember that fish must be separated as they are considered to be aggressive.
The versatile fish are known for living in displays within cups at the local pet store and are associated with thriving in a small tank. Tanks from pet stores often include everything that is needed to begin the tank, including the tank, cover, water conditioner and decorations that can be used to finish the tank. Larger tanks that are designed to house more than one betta fish include a divider that can be used to separate the fish. Continue reading »
Water changes are a necessary step in maintaining a healthy aquarium. There is only so much that filters and live plants can do, so it is up to you. In a normal body of water there is water flowing in and out which constantly moves and changes the status of the water. In an aquarium it is obvious that such a system does not exist. Changing water is discretionary and can be done once a week once a month or once every three months based purely on your aquarium and the needs of the fish in that community.
There are a multitudes of tools available for the modern fish collector that make the changing of the water much easier than it used to be. If you have a tank that is 5 gallons or less it is pretty easy to remove the fish clean the rocks and empty half the water. For larger tanks siphon tubes are a great tool that hook up to most sinks and create a vacuum which will let you empty out water, plant debris, and anything else that needs to be removed. They’re great for disrupting the rock layer on the bottom and getting of settled plant and fish waste that can add to your nitrate levels. In my personal experience with customers they go back and forth about buying a siphon tube, wondering if they need it or no, bang for your buck there is no better way to clean large tanks. Continue reading »