1. BETTA FISH LIFESPAN
The average bettas live around 2-3 years. If a fish is being taken care of well and lives in a healthy environment, it can live up to 3 years.
What age of betta fish should you get? We recommend buying fish that is over two-month-old. Betta fish generally develop their coloration and features when they reach two months. The 3-6 months is the best time to nurture your fish's health and enhance its appearance.
2. GET TO KNOW MALE & FEMALE
Male bettas are naturally aggressive and territorial while the females aren’t. The males’ coloration and features are more vibrant and eye-catching than the females. When it comes to movement, male bettas are more energetic.
You may wonder if you can raise more than one betta fish in a tank. Because of their fighting nature, it’s better to raise bettas separately. But in case you want to raise them together, you can start a betta sorority tank with a group of female bettas. Although they’re females, they still get into a little fight. Start with a large tank for personal space. Don’t forget to add some plants as hiding spots. It's essential to block the vision between fish.
3. CARNIVOROUS FISH THAT DOESN'T ALWAYS EAT MEAT
Betta fish are carnivores, but it doesn’t mean that they solely need live foods. These days, quality instant foods can offer a high nutritional value as live foods. Good for us! (and our beloved bettas) The instant feed is developed for our modern lifestyle. They’re convenient for betta keepers and fulfill our bettas’ appetite. There are even supplements for betta fish to maintain their health in a long term.
4. BETTA FISH IS TROPICAL FISH
Bettas originate from tropical areas like Thailand and South East Asia. So, when they are raised in colder areas, the unfamiliar environment and frequently-changing temperatures may stress bettas out. It’s common to notice betta losing appetite. If you want to start raising a betta fish in cold weather, a heater for a fish tank is a must!
5. WELL-DECORATED TANK ≠ WELL-LIVING TANK
Too much decor will do more harm than good! Of course, we all want our betta house to look aesthetically pleasing. However, adding excessive plants, stones, and artificial decorative pieces leads to bacteria accumulation and fouls the water in a fish tank. Those pieces with a sharp edge can even cut fish. It’s like leaving your kid in a risky playground.