The Best Betta Tank Set up I could find
Part 3 of 3 On buying your first Siamese Fighting Fish
Part 1. Before You Buy Your Betta Fish
Part 2. How I set up my Betta Tank
There are many different types of Betta fish tank set ups (some are better than others) but at the end of the day you will be limited by by what you can source. Therefore I’m not suggesting the Betta tank set up I came up with is the best way to house your Siamese Fighting Fish, it is just the best I could come up with at short notice. Nevertheless I still reckon it works pretty well.
Therefore the statement I’m about to make is a generalization but there is a very good chance that it may possibly apply to you so please take heed.
WARNING! Keeping Siamese Fight Fish can be addictive. There is a very good chance than after you buy your first Betta fish that you will then start looking at purchasing your second. That is of course if you just don’t walk out of the pet shop with more than one right from the start.
You see there are just so many different colour combinations and fin variations that you may find yourself becoming a collector (even just on a small scale). Therefore do yourself a favour and consider this tank combination right from the start. You see one of the reasons I bought my Betta Fish was I wanted to try breeding them (which I’ll write about soon) so not only did the below pictured tank solve my original problem of housing more than one Betta fish but it also solved my heating problem. You see this tank is larger which means I can now use 50 W heater.
This tank came with a build in sponge filter and air pump plus provision for a heater. Perfect! Now I can keep my Betta fish in clean, warm water and despite the fact that Betta fish like stagnant water, Bubbles seems to enjoy the pump inlet that enters into his quarter of the tank and quite often swims around the current at the top of the water.
Now the other thing about this tank that I should confess to you is that each compartment is 3.5 litres which is just under the recommended minimum, 1 gallon. Therefore at the risk of contradicting what I said earlier I have found this to be adequate as the Bettas are forever swimming around and seem quite active and happy.
This I feel is a good Betta set up. The only problem I can envisage at this stage is that because the water circulates from one compartment to the next, if one fish gets sick then the rest probably will as well. Therefore you may be better off buying your 4 Betta fish from the same source as inadvertently introducing 1 sick fish from a separate source will infect your other healthy fish.
Since we’ve bought Bubbles though, I have also purchased 3 other Bettas, of which I’m going to breed 2. And just in case you’re wondering, no I’m not going to use this tank for breeding. I’m currently preparing a breeding tank at the moment, so I will write about this soon.
So in summing up. If you’re thinking of buying a Betta Fish or several they are pretty easy to look after. The secret to keeping Betta Fish successfully though will come down to doing some quality research. If you have read this article though you obviously already know the value of research and sincerely hope that you have found what I’ve written to be of value to you.
The important thing to remember is this though, Betta fish will survive in a Spartan environment but their lifespan will be considerably reduced, keeping them in their optimum environment will increase their lifespan considerably but the good news is that I believe that there is middle ground but the only way to find the middle ground is to do your research properly.
For me middle ground was finding a cost effect method of housing my Betta Fish that requires a minimum of ongoing maintenance in an environment that I feel my fish are happy in.
There is much more to the story of keeping Betta fish than what I have written about here but the sources that I used for research were the internet, a very helpful breeder that I purchased my other 3 Betta fish from and a combination of 4 eBooks that I purchased online.
If you just want keep Betta fish (and not breed them) then there is plenty of free Betta information on the internet. The 4 eBooks I purchased were all very good, were inexpensive and best of all got straight to the point so for a small amount of money I saved myself the time of searching through multiple web pages and references that had straight to the point information intermingled with fluff.
Therefore if you like to get straight to the point when it comes to sourcing information I’ll soon do reviews on each of the eBooks so you can make an informed decision on which one offers the best information to for you.
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