Whether you’re considering getting a pet betta fish or you already have one, understanding the lifespan of betta fish will help you know what to expect. Knowing how to keep your betta fish healthy and care for them properly can help them live a longer life.
How to Keep Your Betta Fish Healthy
Fish as a species have general needs, but betta fish — also known as Siamese fighting fish — are unique and need even more specific care. Because they come in a variety of colors and are typically cheap to purchase, they make popular pets. But, many people don’t realize the commitment they’re making when choosing betta fish as a pet.
Betta fish lifespan. Betta fish on average live to be 2-4 years old. The length of your betta fish’s life is directly related to the environment you keep them in. By maintaining a clean tank and watching their diet, you can help them live a longer life.
The role of tank quality. Betta fish are primarily presented in pet stores in small, vase-like jars that allow the roots of plants to extend into the water. This is because of their aggressive, territorial nature. Keeping betta fish separated is the best way to keep them healthy in the short term.
However, a small container is not enough to allow your betta fish to thrive. In fact, betta fish require at least 2 cubic feet of space in a tank to be healthy. The bigger the tank, the better.
Keep your betta fish’s water clean but not sterile. Your fish need good bacteria to grow in the water to help maintain their health. Live plants also contribute to good water quality. When you change the water in the tank, only do 10%-15% at a time to allow for the introduction of fresh water without shocking your pet’s system with a dramatic change.
Nutrition for your betta fish. While other pet fish are content to have flakes of fish food, this won’t do for betta fish. In the wild, they hunt insects to eat. Special pellets are designed to provide betta fish with the specific nutrition they need. Vets also recommend you supplement their diet with treats like:
- Freeze-dried tubifex worms
- Mosquito larvae
- Brine shrimp
Tips for Caring for Your Betta Fish
The following tips can help your betta fish live as long as possible.
Maintain a low-stress environment. Stress affects all of us, and betta fish feel it, too. Seeing rival fish in their tank or in a nearby tank can cause stress. This is because betta fish may perceive a threat but not feel like they can avoid the other fish or escape. For the same reason, male betta fish cannot be housed together.
All fish like to hide, so betta fish need real or plastic plants to nestle between when they need a break or want to hide. If you have other pets, like cats or dogs, keep them away from the tank so your betta fish doesn’t feel threatened.
Consider which breeds share a tank. Talk to your local pet store or veterinarian about which other fish breeds are compatible with betta fish. You may also consider the difference in having male versus female fish. If your betta doesn’t adjust to life with another fish, try a bigger tank or separate tanks.
When you adopt a new fish, keep them separated for about a week. By ensuring that your new fish is healthy, you can avoid spreading diseases to your current betta fish. This also allows time to acclimate to a new environment.
Find a fish veterinarian. You may not think that your betta fish can get sick, but it is possible. If you want your betta fish to live a long, healthy life, keep in contact with a vet in your area who is familiar with bettas. Because not all veterinarians treat fish, you’ll want to do some research and find a specialist in your area.
Signs of betta fish illnesses. Signs of possible sickness include:
- Being disoriented
- Swimming in an odd pattern or upside down
- Not eating
- White spots appearing on scales or gills
- Trouble breathing, indicated by staying at the surface of the water
- Bulging eyes
- Mucus appearing on the body
- Rubbing against hard surfaces
- Isolating from other fish
- Change in shape, size, or appearance
If you have any concerns about your fish’s health, check with your veterinarian. Illnesses that can affect beta fish include:
- Physical injury
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
- Fish pox (wart-like growths) caused by a fish herpes virus
- Ammonia or chlorine poisoning due to poor water quality
American Association of Fish Veterinarians: “Find a fish vet.”
American Veterinarian Medical Association: “Got a sick fish?”
Bettafish.org: “Betta Fish Food & Feeding.”
Bettafish.org: “How Long Do Betta Fish Live? Average Lifespans.”
National Geographic: “Betta fish often mistreated in pet industry, evidence suggests.”
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine: “BETTAS NEED MORE THAN BOWLS.”
University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine: “FRESHWATER FISH 101.”
Betta fish in the wild live for about 2 years. However, conditions in the wild are much harsher than they are in your aquarium. They don’t to contend with with larger predators. There is no looking for food. And the stress level is all around much higher in the wild.
In an aquarium, you are able to give a betta a much more comfortable life. They don’t need to worry about larger fish and animals trying to eat them. They have a consistent (and healthy) source of food. And finally, they have a consistent and reliable environment that reduces overall stress and improves all around health.
How to Make Your Betta Live Longer
Buying your Fish
Your tasks for a betta with a long life starts before you even buy your fish. As you are shopping for your fish, there are several items that you should be looking for in a fish that will contribute to its health and therefore life span.
By Daniella Vereeken (Flickr: Joep’s Fish on Holiday with me) [CC BY 2.0]
Alert and Active
First, the fish should be alert and active. It should react to you when you walk up to it. If you move your hands around the fish, it should follow. A fish that’s inactive and unalert is often stressed to the point where it’s unhealthy.
If you see fish that are floating on the surface (even if they are moving), it’s best to avoid them.
Also, any bettas with fins that are jagged and damaged should also be avoided. They may have been the victim of another fish nipping. Or maybe their water parameters and tank are less than desirable.
Either way, a fish with damaged fins is already sick and under stress. You’re starting off from behind and have some catching up to do just to get your fish healthy.
One other thing to look for is the fish size. Larger fish are typically older and smaller fish are typically younger. So if you buy a smaller fish, you increase the chances of buying a younger fish. And a younger fish should have a longer time with you than an older fish.
Lots of pet stores and fish stores keep their betta fish in very small cups. This is a less than ideal environment (to say the least!) and often leads to stress and disease which negatively impacts the overall health and lifespan of the betta fish.
If you can find a pet store or fish store that keep their bettas in larger tanks, this usually results in a much healthier fish.
As with any other fish, maintaining proper water parameters in your aquarium is critical for the health and longevity of your fish.
The aquarium water temperature should be in the upper 70s F. If your house/office isn’t warm enough to maintain this temperature, then you will need an aquarium heater.
Your tank should be fully cycled before adding any new fish. This will ensure that the ammonia and nitrites are removed from the tank. As typical with a cycled tank, the nitrates need to be removed through water changes. Which brings us to our next component, tank maintenance.
You should conform to a standard basic tank maintenance schedule. This includes weekly water changes, routine cleanings, and checking that all of your equipment is running properly.
The final component to increasing your betta fish’s life span is a proper diet. Betta fish are carnivores and require a high protein diet. This means typical fish flakes won’t cut it.
What to Feed your Betta Fish to Make them Live Longer?
Betta fish need a diet consisting of a variety of different foods. Normal fish flakes are typically too low in protein to provide any nutrition to a betta.
There are three main sources of food that bettas seem to thrive on. They are bloodworms, brine shrimp, tubifex worms. All of these are readily available at any fish store and online. The freeze dried versions will last for years. Simply rotate through these at each feeding and your betta will be happy and healthy.
How Much to Feed your Betta Fish to Help them Live Longer?
Betta fish should be fed twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. They should be fed as much as they can eat in about 2 minutes, no more, no less. Overfeeding leads to poor water parameters. Underfeeding leaves your fish hungry.
The “Siamese fighting fish,” or betta (Betta splendens), is an undeniably unique fish.
Even amongst its “labyrinth fish” relatives such as gouramis (Family Anabantidae), the betta fish is a real standout.
Betta fish, which is actually pronounced “bet-tah” fish, not “bay-tah” fish, have long been clear favorites of novice and advanced aquarists alike. However, despite their popularity in the fish world, many people are still unfamiliar with their care requirements.
This stems, by and large, from (1) expectations that bettas can be maintained on the cheap and (2) widespread exaggerations of their hardiness.
Here’s what it really takes to properly care for a betta, including their history, life span, feeding requirements, tank setup and ideal tank mates, so you can set your betta fish up to thrive.
Get to Know the Betta Fish
Betta fish naturally live across tropical Southeast Asia (especially Thailand) in small, warm, stagnant bodies of water.
Around 150 years ago in Thailand, betta fish started to become pets when kids would collect them from the rice paddies and place them together to watch them spar. As these contests grew in popularity, the King of Siam began to regulate and tax betta fish.
The betta fish gained European attention in 1840 when the King gave a few of them to a Danish physician named Dr. Theodore Cantor. He studied and bred them, and by the 1890s, betta fish were being imported into France and Germany.
The first betta fish didn’t enter the United States until 1910.
How Long Can Betta Fish Live?
The average betta fish life span is about 3-4 years.
But to help them live this long, you will need to provide them with the right fish tank, food, light, and mental stimulation.
Betta Fish Tank Setup
While many people may think that bettas can live in small bowls, this is actually very inaccurate.
The Myth of the Betta Fishbowl
The reason for this misconception is not entirely clear but seems to stem from the fact that the betta fish can breathe air and survive in oxygen-depleted environments.
They are able to do this due to their “labyrinth organ,” which allows them to breathe air to a certain extent. It also allows them to gulp food from the water surface without worrying about the air disrupting their swim bladder.
However, bettas don’t actually prefer small habitats, but rather, they use these environments to avoid their competitors and predators (which cannot survive there).
And bettas are still just as sensitive to the effects of ammonia exposure as any other fish species. They are actually prone to fin rot and other maladies—due to their long fins—and a poorly maintained or undersized fish tank can increase their risk or exacerbate an already developing issue.
So if you have a pet betta fish that’s protected from competitors and predators, wouldn’t you want to give them the extra space to thrive and not just survive?
Betta Fish Tank Size
The minimal tank size for a betta is 5 gallons. There is no such thing as too much swimming space, so you could even do a 10-gallon tank—just be sure that the tank is not super deep.
Since bettas are used to swimming left-to-right in shallower waters, a deep tank is not ideal for their habits.
You should also choose a standard square tank over a bowl. The rounded sides of bowls—and relatively small opening at the top—seriously limit filter options. And with bettas being so sensitive to bacterial maladies, it’s important their habitat have an effective filtration system.
Betta Fish Tank Temperature
Bettas are also very temperature sensitive, so an aquarium heater is a necessity, not an option, for betta fish.
The betta fish strongly prefers temperatures (78-82°F) that are even higher than most other tropical fish.
Betta Fish Food
Betta fish are carnivores. They actually survive by eating insects and larvae, so you will need to feed them a balanced fish food containing a lot of protein.
Betta fish can be fed flakes, pellets, or frozen foods that are specially made for them. These foods will contain the levels of protein that suit their needs.
How Much to Feed A Betta
Betta fish are not capable of sensing when they are full. In the wild, they are typically always on the search for their next meal, so it’s up to you to feed your betta fish the right amount of food.
You should feed your betta fish no more than twice a day.
There are two common rules for feeding a betta fish:
Only provide enough food for your fish to eat in 2 minutes. If you have a fish that dawdles when they eat, you can give them up to 5 minutes.
A meal portion should be equal to about 5% of a betta’s body size.
Betta Fish Temperament
While the betta fish might be referred to as the “Siamese Fighting Fish,” they’re not as mean as their reputation would suppose.
The moniker comes from the tendency of male bettas, which are highly territorial, to attack each other on sight. Male bettas have even been known to attack their own image in a mirror.
It should go without saying that this fish should not be housed with another betta (including females); bettas are just too grouchy with each other.
And although bettas are actually quite peaceful with other species, before you get them a tank mate, remember that they are truly unsocial and most certainly do not get “lonely.”
Should Betta Fish Have Tank Mates?
It is possible to keep bettas with other fish, although it’s not at all preferable.
The long fins of males make an especially tempting target for aggressive fish. Even little schooling fish, if nippers, can be a constant bane to a betta.
For this reason, bettas are best kept alone.
If you are set on getting them tank mates, the most compatible options are small, gentle bottom-dwellers such as Corydoras or khuli loaches.
If you do bring in tank mates, you should look into getting a larger tank to allow for adequate space for the fish. The common rule is 1 gallon of water per inch of fish. So starting at a 5-gallon or 10-gallon tank for your betta, you would need to increase the size for each new tank mate.
Set Your Betta Fish Up to Thrive
Bettas are attractive and charming. There are plenty of good reasons to want to acquire one as a pet.
However, they require the same amount of care and equipment as other fish. They should not be seen as low-maintenance alternatives.
To the point, the only good reason to get a betta is because you really want a betta.
Next to the goldfish, betta fish may be America’s most popular pet fish. But how long do betta fish live on average, though?
We’re here to answer how long a betta fish can live and provide ample tips on how to help your betta live the longest life possible. Let’s dive into our guide on the lifespan of an average betta fish and find out just how we might be able to keep them until they’re old and gray.
How Long do Betta Fish Live?
So, how long can a betta fish realistically live inside your fish tank? The short answer is 3 to 5 years, on average.
And while most fish species fair better in the wild, the opposite is true for betta fish. Wild betta fish only live for about 3 years, on average.
The oldest living betta fish was 10 years old, so their lifespans can’t be stretched too far – but there are steps you can take to keep your betta happy and healthy for as long as possible.
Tips to Increase the Lifespan of a Betta Fish
Though fragile creatures, it’s common to see a betta fish live for 4 to 5 years in optimal tank conditions. When cared for properly, they can live longer than the one or two years they generally survive in most new homes.
Pick a Healthy Betta Fish
When you got to the pet store to select your betta, they’re not all going to be in the same shape. Likewise, some may be older than others.
Pet stores usually don’t put male betta fish up for sale until they’re fully developed so their fins and colors are at their brightest and most fluid – but that’s not until they’re already a year old. For female betta fish, they get put up for sale a bit sooner at 6 months of age.
With that in mind, you can expect to keep your betta fish for another year or two in the right conditions. You can stretch this as much as possible by giving them the perfect tank parameters they need.
Avoid betta fish at the store that is pale in color, have bulging eyes, ripped or torn fins, or have scratches or injuries on their body. These are signs that the betta fish is not in the best health and will not last as long in your care.
Look for a betta fish that has clear eyes and is bright in color, especially if they’re a male. Pick a betta fish that responds when you place your hand on their tank, as that’s a good sign that they’re healthy and active.
If the pet store employees are helpful, you can also just ask them how old the betta fish in their store are – they should be able to tell you which ones are the youngest so you can gauge which one you might want to take home.
Appropriately Sized Tank
Contrary to popular belief, a betta fish won’t survive long in a small fishbowl or 1-gallon tank. The small cups betta fish are often sold in are devastating to their health, but they’re kept separated in these containers to prevent fighting amongst the male betta fish.
The first step to making sure they live a long, happy life is to get them into an appropriately sized tank – and that means a minimum of 5 gallons.
Many make the mistake of thinking betta fish can thrive in a smaller tank because wild betta fish live in shallow waters. The shallow bodies of water wild betta fish swim in are miles long, however, which gives them ample opportunity to swim and stay active.
A 5-gallon tank or bigger is the minimum you want for your betta to stay active and healthy.
This is also the case for only one betta fish, which we generally recommend. Betta fish can be aggressive to each other, especially males, so it’s best to keep them always separated.
Introducing a female betta fish into a male’s community is fine, though you’ll absolutely need a larger fish tank to house both together. If you intend on breeding the two, you’ll want to keep a careful eye on the offspring and likely separate them after a period.
Betta fish need locations in their tank they can hide and swim around, so adding plants is always a huge recommendation. They need space to rest and hide whenever they feel threatened, tired or stressed.
Different plants also add variety to their environment, which can make them more active. The more active a betta fish, the more vibrant and bright their colors stand out.
The more you can keep your betta fish moving, the better.
Heater and Filter
Many fish owners make the mistake of housing their fish in bowls with no circulation, filtration, or heating system. This dramatically decreases the likelihood that they’ll have a healthy, happy lifespan.
The waters wild betta fish are used to sit between 75- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure your betta’s fish tank can mimic this. A heater in the tank gives you full control of what temperature the tank is at.
A filter is also essential, as betta fish cannot survive in unfiltered, dirty water. While this shouldn’t keep you from performing regular water changes, this helps to eliminate the buildup of nitrites, ammonia, and other harmful compounds.
It also keeps the water aerated to help your betta fish thrive even further.
Finally, a betta fish can’t thrive for long without a proper diet. Vibrant fish, their diet greatly affects their color, growth rate, and especially their lifespan.
Most branded betta fish food is filled with fillers that won’t prolong your betta’s life. Avoid any fish food brands that have a fish meal as any of their ingredients.
Make sure the food is full of protein and fat, which is what the carnivorous betta fish needs to thrive.
Brine shrimp, bloodworms, and other insects make for excellent homemade fish food for bettas. Make sure you stick to items high in protein like those.
In addition, make sure they can eat whatever you feed them within two minutes (twice a day) to keep them as healthy as possible. A betta fish overeating or excess food going to waste in their tank is detrimental to their health in the long-term.
Freeze Dried Brine Shrimp for Betta Fish
Summary: Key Tips to Note
- Pick a healthy betta fish to bring home
- They need a minimum 5-gallon tank
- Feed them twice a day in amounts they can eat within two minutes – avoid fish meal if you can
- Keep their filtered tank between 75- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit
If you stick with our key tips to note, your betta fish can live a happy, healthy life in your care. Try to achieve as many of these conditions as possible to increase their chances of living longer than their average lifespan.
If you’re not able to accommodate your betta fish completely, simply follow as closely to this guide as possible to keep them healthy and happy. They need a 5-gallon tank if they’re on their own with a proper diet, a filtration system, and clean water.
Once you nail the things they need the most, you’ll be able to enjoy your betta’s bright colors and graceful fins for far longer.
Betta fish make for dazzling additions to your fish tank. But how long do Betta fish live? Below we explore the expected lifespan of your Betta fish, and what you can do to help them live longer.
In captivity (i.e. an aquarium)
A Betta fish will live to around 3 years on average when kept in a suitable environment. It is not unusual for them to live past this age to 4-5 years old. Although it is difficult to establish the oldest ever Betta fish, it is believed that some have lived to up 10 years.
One thing to bear in mind when thinking about these ages is that the 3 year average applies to the total lifespan. When purchasing a Betta fish tank from a pet store bear in mind that males are often around 1 year old already. Selling at this age has allowed their fins and colors to develop and become visually appealing. Females are often sold a little younger – around 6 months in age.
In the wild
Unlike many fish whose life in an aquarium is shortened, Betta fish live around 1 year less in the wild. That is, the average lifespan of a Betta fish is around 2 years old in the wild. This is due to several factors:
The water quality of their natural habitat is much worse than they experience in captivity. They are native to small bodies of water such as canals and rice paddies in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. These bodies of water cause the Betta fish two main issues:
- The water quality is often poor, with pollution posing a particular threat
- In the drier months, these water sources can greatly reduce in size and even dry up at times.
In the wild they are much more likely to fight with another Betta fish. As these fish are very territorial it is not uncommon for them to fight in order to protect their territory – particularly when they are moving around in search of better areas of water. They are called Siamese fighting fish for a reason! Fighting greatly increases the chance that a Betta fish will die early.
How to Improve the Lifespan of your Betta Fish
1. Make sure your aquarium is big enough
There are a range of Betta fish tanks on the market today. The important thing is that your tank is large enough to allow your Betta fish enough room to swim. This will help to keep it fit and avoid stunting its growth.
2. Be careful adding more than one Betta fish to the same tank
Betta fish are called Siamese fighting fish for a reason. Male Betta fish can be extraordinarily territorial. If you want your Betta fish to live for a long time you’ll need to think about one of the following:
- Only keep one male Betta fish
- Add a divider to your tank to keep your Betta fish separate
- Purchase a large enough tank so that there is space for each Betta to have its own “territory”. You’ll likely want at least a 10 gallon tank, and ideally a 20 gallon fish tank or larger.
3. Make sure your aquarium is at the correct temperature
Betta fish are happiest when their tank is between 78 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is equivalent to 25.5 to 26.5 degrees Celsius. Unless you live in a very warm area you’ll need to heat the tank in order to improve the lifespan of your Betta. There are a number of good quality aquarium heaters that can assist you. Something like the 25 Watt Fluval Marina would likely work well.
4. Ensure your aquarium is clean
Get a good quality filter. The best filter will depend on the size of your tank and whether your Betta fish will be alone or have company. The Aqueon Quietflow range is often a good choice.
5. Feed your Betta fish a varied, high quality diet
Betta fish can be fussy eaters. But it is easy to give them a varied and healthy diet. Most people have success with using high protein, high quality pellets or flakes as staple. And then adding freeze dried or live bloodworms or similar to mix things up and ensure you Betta is getting a balanced diet. We spent some time recently outlining what to feed your Betta fish.
6. Choose a healthy Betta when purchasing
How long does a Betta fish live? Longer if they are healthy! Aside from providing you Betta with a good environment you should also ensure that they were healthy to begin with. When selecting your Betta, look for one that is:
- Full of color. Pale coloring is a sign of disease
- Has no ripped fins of tail
- No scratches on its body
- Is responsive
- Have clear looking eyes
7. Add suitable plants to your Betta fish tank
Adding suitable plants to your Betta fish tank can help keep the tank clean.
8. Ensure you tank pH is suitable
Your tank pH matters. To ensure that your fish tank is in a suitable range (6.5 to 7.5 is good) it is best to get a pH meter and test the pH on a regular basis. If you don’t have one already we outlined our 5 favorite options here.
How Long do Betta Fish Live – Conclusion
How long do Betta fish live? Overall a Betta fish will live 3 years on average when kept in a suitable fish tank. This is around 1 year longer than their expected lifespan in the wild. Just bear in mind that often a male Betta fish will be around 1 year old when purchased from a pet store. Hopefully the above tips will help you to improve the lifespan of your Betta fish.
Betta Fish Care – Tips For Keeping A Happy And Healthy Betta
Betta fish care is important to know if you want your fish to live a happy long life.
Learn the information about betta fish care and maintenance.
Step-by-step instructions on Betta Fish Care:
How to Take Care of a Betta Fish
How to Play With Your Betta Fish: 7 Steps
How to Pick a Betta Fish: 8 Steps
How to Help a Betta Fish Live Longer
6 Ways to Save a Dying Betta Fish
How to Train Your Betta Fish: 10 Steps
How to Cure Betta Fish Diseases
How to Care for a Betta Fish in a Vase
How to Take Care of Your Pet Betta Fish: 6 Steps
3 Ways to Feed Fish
6 Ways to Tell if a Betta Fish Is Sick
How to Start a Betta Sorority: 6 Steps
How to Keep Your Betta Fish from Getting Sick: 5 Steps
How to Hand Feed a Fish: 7 Steps
How to Make a Desktop Betta Bowl: 15 Steps
How to Teach Your Betta to Jump: 5 Steps
How to Acclimate Your Betta: 15 Steps
How to Care for a Crowntail Betta Fish: 10 Steps
How to Keep a Betta’s Water Warm: 6 Steps
3 Ways to Teach Your Betta Fish Tricks
How to Select Food for Betta Fish: 7 Steps
How to Tell How Old a Betta Fish Is: 5 Steps
How to Choose a Home for a Betta Fish: 10 Steps
How to Change Your Betta Fish Water: 13 Steps
3 Ways to Identify Different Betta Fish
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How to Treat a Sick Betta Fish
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Betta fish lifespan. Betta fish on average live to be 2-4 years old. The length of your betta fish’s life is directly related to the environment you keep them in. By maintaining a clean tank and watching their diet, you can help them live a longer life.
How long can a betta fish live in a fishbowl?
How Long Can A Betta Live in A Fishbowl? Bettas that are kept in an ideal 2.5-gallon fish tank with a filter and heater are quite capable of living for up to five (5) years. But in a fishbowl, they live for less than half their average lifespan, sometimes even for less than a year.
Can a betta fish live longer than 5 years?
Because your fish is usually 6 months – 1 year old by the time you buy it, you can expect him to live for around two – two and a half years old. However, it’s not uncommon for Bettas to live until 4 or 5 years old if they are given the perfect tank conditions and cared for properly ( more on this later ).
Do betta fish get lonely?
Do They Get Lonely? Betta fish are naturally territorial and should not be housed with any other betta fish because they will fight and injure each other, often resulting in death. They are unlikely to get lonely in their tank; however, if they are in a small tank, they may get bored.
Why do betta fish die so easily?
Water Condition Issues One of the most common causes of betta fish death is poor water conditions. While bettas are relatively easy to care for, lack of clean water and space will often cause death. If you’ve come home to find a dead betta fish unexpectedly, it may be because the water conditions weren’t optimal.
How old are betta fish at Petsmart?
Because a Betta purchased at a pet shop is often one year old already. Males, in particular, are allowed to fully mature, so their fins and colors are well developed. Females may be sold at a bit younger age, but they will generally be at least six months old when offered for sale.
Do Bettas like music?
While we cannot tell you that they love or hate music, betta fish do react to it. Some will flare at certain types of music, others will swim more frequently, some will become more aggressive, and still, others will be more still and calm than normal.
What do Bettas like in their tank?
Your Betta will love swimming in a tank which contains caves to hide in and plants that provide plenty shady areas. And if you’re going to use fake plants, don’t use plastic ones, use silk plants. Live plants are always good because they’ll help clean the water and provide your Betta with a natural environment.
Is 1 gallon enough for a betta?
Answer: Yes, a one – gallon tank is certainly better for a betta than the small cups where they live in the fish store. A one – gallon tank is also better for a betta than a mud puddle, a glass of lemonade or a washing machine. The reason bettas are marketed as a disposable pet is that they can survive horrible conditions.
What is the lifespan of a female betta fish?
The average betta fish lifespan for male and females is 2-4 years in captivity. How long a betta fish will live depends on a variety of factors though. The two most important elements are how old a betta is when you get him or her, and how they are cared for in captivity.
How long do bettas live in cups?
one of these days I’ll have to get one and turn it into a planted betta tank! Anyways, on to your question. Yes, generally bettas can stay in those cups for a couple days.
Do betta fish like to be touched?
Betta fish should rarely, if ever, be petted. It’s not good to pet them, as it may remove their natural slime coating, making them prone to certain diseases. Also, never touch them with dirty hands, as bacteria can easily be transmitted through direct contact. Only use a mirror to entertain your betta occasionally.
How do you know a betta fish is happy?
The signs of a happy, healthy, and relaxed betta include:
- Strong, vibrant colors.
- Fins are held open, but not taut, allowing their fins to billow and fold in the water.
- Feeds readily.
- Active, smooth swimming movements.
Do Bettas like light?
Bettas like light so that they know when to wake up and prefer a darker environment to sleep. This will give your Betta a regular sleeping pattern that matches yours. When you think about it, of course Betta fish do like light, they come from the tropics in Thailand where there is a lot of sunlight!
Betta fish, also known as Siamese fighting fish, are generally low-maintenance pets that can survive in less-than-ideal living conditions. However, in order for your betta to thrive and reach its maximum body size, the water, tank size, food and overall health of your betta come to play. The average growth length for betta fish is 2.25 inches, but manipulating your betta’s environment allows your betta to reach its maximum size.
Increasing the Size of Your Betta
Keep your betta fish in a tank of at least 5 gallons. Pet stores often sell betta fish in small cups or bowls to save space, since bettas cannot be kept together in a single tank due to aggression toward each other.
Replace 50 percent of the water on a daily basis if you want a larger betta. Bettas excrete a hormone that inhibits their growth, so removal of most of this water is essential for maximum growth, according to the Betty Splendens website. Refill the tank with clean treated water.
Maintain a tank temperature of 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Changes in temperature can stress a betta fish, inhibiting growth. Frequent changes, or a sudden drastic one, can kill your fish.
Feed your betta a diet high in protein and fiber. Bloodworms, mashed shrimp and vitamins are often combined into food pellets to help bettas’ immune systems.
Feed your betta two to three times daily and give only enough food that the betta can consumed within a few minutes.
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- Betta Fish Center: What Fish Food Is Right for Your Betta Fish
- Complete Betta Fish Care: Betta Tank Selection – Choose the Right Betta Aquarium
- Lifespan of a Betta Fish: Caring for Your Betta Fish
- Betty Splendens: Power Growing Your Fry
- Fresh shrimp is a delicious treat for your betta, but it does not increase the betta’s growth potential.
- Purchase a thermometer for tanks, so you’re able to visualize the temperature of your betta’s environment. Also measure the temperature of replacement water before pouring it into the betta’s tank.
- Larger tanks lower your bettas risk for disease, according to Complete Betta Fish Care.
- Feeding your betta more food than he can consume in a few minutes can kill your betta.
- Excess food in a tank increases bacteria concentration of the water and leaves bettas prone to disease and infection, according to Betta Fish Center.
- Keep betta fish in separate tanks to avoid fighting and premature death of one of your bettas.
- Do not feed your betta a plant-based diet.
Melissa McNamara is a certified personal trainer who holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and communication studies from the University of Iowa. She writes for various health and fitness publications while working toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing.