When it comes to finding the perfect home for new betta fish, the options are endless. You can find selections online or at a pet shop in your city. There are multiple sizes and shapes so make sure you research so you can find the perfect match for you and your finned friends.
Acrylic tanks are rapidly becoming popular among the fish community. Their weight is much lighter than glass types and the selection of sizes and shapes are endless. Even though acrylic tanks are more expensive than glass types, they are a lot easier to work with when attaching equipment.
Even though acrylic tanks are very popular, glass tanks are also highly recommended. The glass tank is clear, which means betta owners have the best view of their fish. The surface of the tank is also scratch resistant. Many fish owners love their glass tank, however, there are some drawbacks.
Glass tanks weigh much more than acrylic tanks, so if you will not be able to move it, you may want to choose a much-lighter acrylic tank. Also, if you need to drill holes, it is much more difficult than with an acrylic tank. Finally, glass can break very easily and result in a mess and possible harm to your betta.
Tank Size and Shape
The shape of the tank you choose depends on the size of the room that will house your tank. The normal shape is a rectangle, especially if a glass tank is your tank of choice. If you want an acrylic tank, there are multiple shapes available such as octagon, square, a tube, hexagon, L-shaped and even bubbles. Remember that aesthetics is only one piece of the puzzle when choosing the ideal tank for your betta.
Betta fish prefer warm water at a nice temperature of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Warm water contains less oxygen than cold water. And the oxygen and carbon dioxide must be balanced (oxygen in, carbon dioxide released) to keep your betta fish healthy and living. This gas exchange occurs at the very top of the betta tank so pay attention to the size of your tank. The larger it is, the more room you will have for this important exchange to happen which will ensure your fish remains healthy.
In bettas’ natural environment, they lived in wide, shallow areas of water. Therefore, a rectangle tank is the optimal shape for a betta fish because it will feel most like your betta’s original home.
The Weight of Your Tank
When purchasing your tank, don’t forget to buy a sturdy stand. If you add up how much the product weighs, along with the water and equipment, your tank become quite heavy so it is important to have a strong stand on which your tank can rest.
Proper Maintenance for Your Betta Fish Tank
Once you set up your fish tank, lighting, filter, plants and your betta, it’s time to start thinking about maintenance. Maintaining your fish tank is just as important as setting it all up. If you don’t maintain it, all of the work you put into setting it up will be a waste. If you’re concerned about proper betta fish care, read on to learn about how to upkeep your betta’s tank.
Keep Your Betta Fish Tank Clean
Cleaning your tank properly will not only keep your betta fish healthy, but it will also keep your tank sanitary. It’s true that your filter will handle a lot of the dirty work for you, but there is so much more to it than most first time aquarium owners realize. So how do you keep this tank clean? Besides the major equipment, some of these supplies will make the job a whole lot easier.
Nets and Scrapers
If you’ve ever had a swimming pool, you know how much nets can help when it comes to removing larger debris. It’s similar with your fish tank. When using a net, purchase one that has a softer material with a finer weave. This will ensure you don’t injure any betta fish in the process. The net can also be useful in removing any bettas from your aquarium, either for cleaning purposes or to transfer him to a hospital tank. A net can also help get rid of any small amount of uneaten food that could be stuck in your tank.
Algae is unwanted and a potentially harmful substance that can grow in your tank. Scrapers will help you get rid of it. The best kinds of scrapers are those that include attachments or dual sides: one sponge and one pad. One side is helpful for removing newer algae that isn’t stuck to the tank yet. The other side can tackle the tougher algae because it has a rougher side. Your scraper should be long enough to reach all parts of your tank; a long handle will help you achieve that. You may even find a scraper that has a tool on the handle. This is valuable when you want to stir up gravel or plant new plants. If you have an acrylic tank, do not use a metal scraper.
One of the most important, yet forgotten tools is a siphon. They are available in manual and electric models. A siphon includes a plastic tube that sucks out any debris or particles that may be present in your tank creating an unhealthy environment. Using a siphon is easy; simply place one end in a bucket, and the other in your tank. While a manual siphon is cheaper, it will require you to suck on one end to help create enough suction. There are many different sizes available, depending on your needs.