Pet Dept: Beta Fish

I absolutely love Beta Fish. They are such beautiful creatures and actually very social fish. I know they are just fish but once they are used to seeing who feeds them they will swim right up to the glass to be nosey. It’s the cutest thing πŸ™‚ Last year I had a beta fish named BUDDY. He died a couple of months after I got him (tear). He was my first baby beta. He grew to be a preteen (in beta fish years I guess). RIP BUDDY.

Sorry for the sad intro, but I go two new beta fish the other day. I named them SPARTACUS and Mr. Handsome. They both have two totally different personalities it’s funny watching them. SPARTACUS is a red Veiltale male beta and Mr. Handsome is a blue Crowntail male beta. SPARTACUS got his name because the first day I had him all he did was flare out those gills! LOL He was always in attach mode and ready for war! Mr. Handsome is named that because that is what he is…Handsome. His crowntail is always fanned and looks beautiful when he swims around. His tail is blue with hints of silver. He likes to hide behind his silk tree a lot. He’s a little on the shy side unlike SPARTACUS, always out and about.

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Caring for Beta Fish is fairly easy. The most important thing to remember is to NOT EVER put beta fish together in a tank or fish bowl. They are not school fish and can be very violent towards one another if in the same living quarters. They can even kill each other. Beta fish like having their own space and a place to hide. It’s good to put artificial plants in with them so they can hide behind them or catch some Zzzz’s during their fishy nap times. Also, like with all fish, make sure you keep their tanks or bowls clean. If you have a tank with a filter you don’t have to clean it as much as with one without. I don’t have a tank with a filter (a lot of them are ugly) but I have no problem cleaning their tanks every 2-3 days. Tanks with filters you can go longer without having to clean them.

Here are some more pics of SPARTACUS and Mr. Handsome and the steps I took to prepare their new homes πŸ™‚

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DSC_1235 DSC_1241The nice silk artificial plants I put in their bowls and their BettaMin food. (flakes)
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I got the glass bowls and marbles from Michael’s craft store.

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Make sure you rise off any and everything you put into the fish’s bowl or tank to free it of any residue. Be sure to rise out the tanks and bowls as well.

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When filling the bowls with water, make sure it isn’t too hot or too cold. Make it just right.
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Place whatever you are putting into the tank in before you put your fish in. You don’t want to startle them by dropping in marbles and placing plants.Β DSC_1255 DSC_1257Make sure you transport your new fish to a plastic ziplock bag and place them into the bowls they will live in. This is to help them get use to the temperature of the water in the bowls. You don’t want the new environment to shock them. Leave them in the ziplock bags in the water for about 10mins. Then you can proceed to put them into their new homes. πŸ™‚

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