Choosing Betta Fish as a Pet

Choosing Betta Fish as a Pet

 

Thinking of Getting Betta Fish As a Pet?

 

Since our friend Adam got a fish earlier this year, my six year old son has been asking for a fish.  Our son still cries over the fuzzy caterpillar that died turing our time in Seattle last May, so I was really skeptical about getting a pet that may not live more than a week. After I thought about it for a bit, we decided to give it a try.

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Betta Fish as Pets

Betta fish are a great starter pet because it teaches children to feed and care for the fish. It teaches responsibility and ownership.

Betta fish are good pets because they are resilient.

 

National Geographic and PetsMart have partnered to create a line of pet products

Thanks to Petsmart, they sent us a package from with the new National Geographic fish tank, rocks and a fun little tree for swimming around.PetSmart-National Geographic fish tank

National Geographic fish tank and supplies

Naming a fish

Coming up with the name was the next big step. Since our son loves the rainbow loom, we were thinking of something funaround the rainbow loom, but ultimatly came up with the name Lucky.Lucky the Rainbow Loom

 

 

After we got Lucky, we had to show grandma and grandpa the new fish. We also tried to do the funny mirror trick where the fish looks in the mirror and things it’s another fish and will extend is gills out to the side of his face to make him look bigger.

National Geographic fish tank-PetSmart

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MORE ABOUT BETTA FISH

Did you know? Bettas gulp air from the water’s surface to help them breathe. This allows them to live in non aerated aquariums or bowls, where other tropical fish would not be able to be kept. Male Bettas will fight if placed together, but females can be kept together.

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STEP 1Choosing an Aquarium
Bettas can be house in aquariums or bowls.
Aquarium
(A) Bettas can either be kept in a large community aquarium with community fish (only one male Betta per aquarium), or singularly in a desktop aquarium. When housing a single male Betta in a community aquarium, a good rule of thumb is one gallon (4 L) of water for every 1″ (3 cm) of full-grown fish.
Aquarium Stand
(B) An appropriate aquarium stand will safely support the weight of your filled aquarium. Aquariums weigh as much as 10 lbs. per gallon capacity and require strong stands.
• Locate your aquarium in a low-traffic area, away from direct sunlight and drafts.
Hood and light Fixture
(C) Place an aquarium hood with light fixtures onthe aquarium to reduce water evaporation, splashing, and fish jumping out.

• The light should be on for 8-12 hours a day. Turn it on during the morning feeding, and off after the evening feeding, or use an automatic timer.

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STEP 2Filtration and Heating
Filtration (mechanical and biological)
(D) Undergravel filters or power filters will provide aeration and filtration for the aquarium. Consult filter package for appropriate filter size.
• The filter should move the water in the aquarium through the filter media 3-5 times per hour (e.g., a filter for a 20-gallon aquarium should filter 60-100 gallons of water per hour).
• Add beneficial bacteria supplements to your aquarium to aid biological waste break down.
Water Heater and Thermometer
(E) Use an aquarium heater to maintain the water temperature. The general rule for aquarium heaters is five watts of power for each gallon of aquarium water. For large aquariums, it is better to divide this into two heaters, one at each end of the tank, rather than using one large heater.
• Bettas require water temperatures ranging between 74-82º F (23-28º C).20140805-103301-37981837.jpg

STEP 3Substrate and Decor
Aquarium Gravel
(F) Use 1.5 lbs. (680 g) of aquarium gravel for every gallon (4 L) of tank capacity to make a 2-3″ (5-8 cm) layer on the bottom of the aquarium. Rinse the gravel in a clean container before adding it to the aquarium.
Plants
(G) Decorate the aquarium with live or artificial plants. Be sure to place them on the sides and back of the aquarium so the fish will have enough space to swim in the center.
Ornaments and Rocks
(H) Use ornaments and rocks designed for aquariums to provide hiding areas for the fish. This may help prevent aggression.
See the informative care guide on Setting Up an Aquarium for more details.

Betta Bowls
• When keeping a Betta in a bowl, choose a one-quart or larger bowl.
• Only house one Betta per bowl.
• If your Betta is in an unheated bowl, the room temperature must remain above 74º F (23º C).
• Decorate the bowl with aquarium rocks and/or plants. Rinse decor prior to placing in bowl.
WATER QUALITY TESTING
PetSmart offers free aquarium water testing. By bringing in a sample of your aquarium water, we can test the quality within minutes. See the guide on Setting Up an Aquarium for more information about water quality and water testing.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Unusual swimming pattern
• Thinness or decreased appetite
• Abdominal swelling
• Inflamed or discolored skin or fins
• Fins clamped to sides of body
• Scraping body on rocks (flashing)
If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or a veterinarian about the health of your pet.
PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.
The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.
• Specific standards for in-store pet care.
• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.

Water Quality Testing
PetSmart offers free aquarium water testing. By bringing in a sample of your aquarium water, we can test the quality within minutes. See the guide on Setting Up an Aquarium for more information about aquarium water quality and water testing.

Things to Watch For
• Thinness or decreased appetite

• Swollen joints

• Excessive shedding of the skin

• Inflamed or discolored skin

• Abdominal swelling
If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or a veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PetSmart Cares
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet AssuredTM program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets. The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.



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