So, you’re interested in purchasing a Betta fish or another tropical fish? What makes you consider the Betta?
Are you looking for the Betta since you see them in little tiny round bowls and you think this seems to be an easy fish to take home for a pet?
If that’s the only reason, I’d like you to stop right now and reconsider your choice of pets. While most pet shops have the Betta in a tiny bowl, in real life, most Bettas likely would love a bigger housing. After all, do you prefer to be stuck in a little bowl where you can practically touch the walls from wherever you are in the bowl? Would you like to be held prisoner in such a little place even when you did have the water to float around in?
Have a look at the natural environment of any fish; take a good look. You’ve probably never seen a fish being born or raised or residing its whole life in a little Betta bowl, except in the pet shops.
The reason they’re in these bowls is because they can not allow the Betta in with certain other fish, especially not their own type of fish, the male Betta. They are known as the”Siamese Fighting Fish” which will give you a clue concerning the personality of such a fish.
So, let’s face it. The actual reason that all those fish are in tiny bowls is because that’s the cheapest way that the fish stores can keep the fish. There are no filters, and no filtration cartridges to purchase when you use a very small bowl for a fish tank.
If Lake Worth Rat Removal were made to give appropriate housing to Betta fish, they would have to provide each Betta a ten or twenty gallon fish tank. That would be too costly, so all the stores house the Betta fish in tiny, glass bowls that are economical for the shops. . So, be prepared, and be nice to your Betta. Give your Betta a larger living space. You can put some plants in there and a few tiny decorations and you are all set for your new Betta’s environment.
As you are at the library, pick up a few books on tropical fish and get a book about Bettas but read with caution. The book will tell you how you can care for the Betta. It’ll tell you where to locate Bettas and Betta supplies.
Before you buy your Betta, or before you buy any fish at all, do the wise thing and purchase all you need for your fish before you even look at fish. The concept is to get the setup all fit in the spot where you will keep it in your home or office. Set up the tank, the water, the filter, and any decorative things you want in the tank, and let the filter run for a day or two before you go to buy the fish.
Consider putting in a few live plants besides the plastic ones you might have chosen. Mixing both live and plastic plants in an aquarium may give it a most interesting look.
Consider buying a larger filter than necessary, just because.
Personally, for myself, I’d always opted for just a little bit larger. You just never know. Sure you’re starting out with one fish from now or a year from now, you just might have a whole community of fish living in that exact same tank. If you think larger at the start, that saves you time, money and trouble later on in your hobby advancement.
Do your research if you’re contemplating raising fish. Find out which fish are friendly and which are very competitive. There’s been more than 1 hobbyist who has brought home a predator fish just to find his or her other fish dead after a day or so.
And then there are those fish who just prefer to nibble on each other. Some of the Angel Fish varieties occasionally will nibble the fins of other Angel Fish. And they will nibble and nibble until they can’t nibble anymore. So you might do a lot of research on Angel Fish before purchasing them.
If you would like to breed fish and you are a real beginning, the Guppy might be the ideal fish for you to start with. But bear in mind, that larger Guppy will most likely try to consume all the babies so have another tank prepared for the baby fish OR get one of those divider particles for your tank and you can divide almost any tank into two separate tanks. When you look in the fish pet stores or aquariums, you will notice that they also make small side tanks which hang off the tops of the larger aquariums. They will grab the fish, but them in that smaller tank and then carry the tank into the register for you to buy your fish. So, there are many options when you’re thinking about purchasing or raising fish.
Purchase the recommended foods. And if you’re able to find a no frills brand that will work also.
You might not need to do this but I’ll share a secret with you. I did run out of fish meals one day, long ago, in winter and that I didn’t live near a pet store. I went to the cabinet and took out the box of Cheerios and proceeded to crush the Cheerios into a fine grain. Yes, I did feed this to the fish and they ate like that for ten or more days, until eventually I was able to go and purchase fish food. Yes they survived! And the pet shops will sell live food for the reptiles and for some fish. They mostly always have a feeding tank, a huge tank, which has feeder fish in it. If you have a huge fish like an Oscar fish, that fish sometimes as large as 12 inches, can and will and does eat fish. I am not suggesting you feed any fish to another fish. I am just sharing thoughts here.
Do only what is healthy and safe for your own fish.
That’s the bottom line, knowledge is power and knowledge of the fish business, and of the specifics of how fish live and breed, is a wonderful thing when you are ready to actually jump into your aquarium hobby.