Category Archives: Fish

Betta Care 101

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Their spectacular display of color and style make bettas (or Siamese fighting fish) a favorite of fish keepers. Being a hardy fish, they’re also good for beginners. But whether you want to get a betta or already have one, here are a few tips to keep in mind…

  • Tanks: Although they’re often seen in fish bowls, bettas do best when they’re kept in heated aquariums with filtration, tight-fitting covers (to prevent jumping) and little surface disruption (from filter discharges near the surface).
  • Filters: You may periodically see a betta (Betta splendens) gulp air from the surface. This species has a labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe air and live in low-oxygenated water. But this doesn’t mean they don’t need a filter—a common misconception. Get a filter that doesn’t produce too much current, which makes it harder for them to swim.
  • Water: They’re tolerant of varied water conditions, but prefer warmer temperatures. Remember, their natural habitat is in the waters of Malaysia and Thailand, with temps ranging from 75 to 85 degrees. Keep water at a consistent temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Continue reading

Betta Myths That Could Harm Your Fish

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The beautiful betta or Siamese fighting fish is one of the most misunderstood fish. While their beauty and hardy natures have made them popular, there is some confusion about betta care, especially among beginners. Read on for a list of the top myths.Myth: Bettas were born in small puddles and prefer small spaces.

Fact: Originally from Asia, bettas live in rice paddies, ponds and streams, not puddles. Like any fish, bettas need room to swim and move freely, especially with their long fins. We recommend at least 1 gallon per fish, with a 5-gallon tank as a minimum.

Myth: Bettas eat plant roots and can live in plant vases filled with water.

Fact: Bettas are carnivores and need protein to survive. They also need to occasionally breathe from the surface—something they can’t do if the surface is covered by a plant. Also, contrary to popular belief, the plant roots don’t create enough oxygen or keep the water clean. Continue reading

The Advantages of Frozen Fish Food

Dec_2013_4Just as you would feed premium pet food to your dog or cat, you can also feed premium food to your fish. Premium food is frozen and offers the best diet for your fish. Here’s why…

 

  • Ingredients such as brine shrimp are similar to the food fish eat in their natural habitats.
  • It uses algin, a natural product derived from algae, as a binder
  • Frozen food allows fish to feed at their natural feeding levels
  • This all-natural food, with no fillers or dyes, can entice even finicky eaters
  • It’s free of harmful parasites and unwanted bacteria Continue reading