Betta fish are easy to care for, but they have some special tank requirements due to their behaviors. They are colorful fish, both fierce and fragile, and require a unique set of conditions in which to thrive.
If you've just brought your new Betta home you probably have a lot of questions. This article can help you figure it all out, and give you the information you need to provide your new pet with a healthy environment where he will be happy for many years.
Or, perhaps you're having trouble with a Betta you've had in the family for a while. It is tremendously disheartening when a pet gets sick or starts acting strangely, but you're not alone. Here you can find the answers to many frequently asked questions about Betta fish and the things they do.
Maybe you'll discover your Betta's actions aren't so weird after all!
Even though the tiny cups they come in at the pet store might suggest otherwise, Bettas are not disposable pets. They require the same care and respect as any animal. Are you up task?
Of course! If you didn't care about your Betta fish you wouldn't be here! So let's get down to business.
Betta Fish FAQ: Behaviors, Facts and Fighting
Have some questions about your Betta fish? Is he doing something strange? Are you worried about his health? Odds are you're not the first Betta owner to witness this behavior.
I really wanted to make this article a comprehensive guide to caring for Betta fish. However, I have a lot say on the subject, and I didn't want it to be so long that you'd be snoring before you got to the end. So, I've broken out some of the more important points into separate topics you may find useful, or may want to come back to later.
If you are new to Betta keeping, or if you just want to learn more about this wonderful tropical fish, you can find in-depth answers to many of your questions in the articles below. If you don’t see your question addressed here, scroll down and you’ll find many more facts about Betta fish and their behaviors.
After all of that, if you still can’t find the answers to your Betta questions feel free to ask in the comments section below! I do respond ASAP to all legitimate questions, but be patient and give it a day or two.
More Betta Care Questions and Answers
Didn't find the answer you needed above? Here are more frequently-asked questions on Betta fish care and behavior.
Why are there bubbles at the surface of the water?
It’s a mating thing, but in this case it means you have a happy Betta. Male Bettas build bubble nests, especially when they are content.
Why is my Betta hiding in the corner of the tank?
Bettas need some kind of decoration or structure they can swim into when they need to feel safe. If that isn’t provided, and he feels he needs it, you may find him tucked into a corner. Always provide a place for him to escape to.
Why is my Betta resting on a plant leaf?
This is normal Betta behavior, and as long as he appears otherwise healthy it is no concern. He’s just lazing around.
Why is he restlessly swimming up and down the sides of the tank?
This is called glass surfing and it’s usually a sign that a fish in unhappy in its environment. It could be because of poor water conditions, or it could be because the tank is too small.
A one-gallon bowl is the bare minimum you’ll need for your Betta, but still awfully small. Bigger is better. Like any tropical fish, Bettas need to swim around and have a little space to be happy and healthy. One word of caution: Bettas do not like fast currents, so if the filtration in the tank is pushing him around it could be causing him stress.