Betta fish is becoming more popular than goldfish in many homes. They are also known as Siamese Fighting Fish. In today’s restaurants and bars, you will find many Betta fish bowls with beautiful colorful Bettas.
If you are looking for a resilient fish that can stand certain water conditions that other fish can not, then betta’s would be your best bet. Though these exotic fish can stand certain water conditions, it is not wise to keep Bettas in a very small bowl or glass jar. The Bettas flourish more in much bigger tanks and you will end up having a happy fish.
Here are some of the reason why your Betta fish gets sick and some tips on how to avoid them.
It’s best to first understand the background of the Betta fish. These fish are a native of Asia and live quite comfortably in warm water. They breath by extracting oxygen from the air and this is done by raising their water up to the water surface.
Better fish can do well in any type of tank but they thrive better in well oxygenated tanks. It is best to install a filter to help oxygenate the water. This filter will also help to keep the tank clean by removing organic waste.
Dirty tanks can cause all sorts of sickness to your Betta fish. It can introduce bacteria, fungus and parasites into your tank. Dirty tanks are cause by organic waste, left over food and decayed plant in the tank. Occasionally replace water and thoroughly clean the tank.
The acidic level of the water can also cause your fish to get sick. You need to get a PH kit to text the water from time to time. Another good measure is to install a filter that is able to keep the acidity of the water regulated. This can be found online or at your local store.
If are introducing your betta fish into a new fish tank, you need to check that the water is free from chlorine. Having chlorine solution in your water will definitely kill your fish.
The right temperature for your Betta fish is around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything too hot or too cold will be bad for their health and can lead to serious illness.
Keep lids closed especially at night. Bettas are known for jumping out of their tanks at night. You don’t want to wake up with a dead fish on the floor.