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.

Betta Fish TankBubbles enjoys the Current

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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6 Responses to The Best Betta Tank Set up I could find

  • Caitlin says:

    thank you very much for all your information on siamese fighting fish. i had a few siamese fighting fish in the past and couldn’t understand why they kept dying. i had a tank with a filter but no heater. of course i didn’t have the siamese fighting fish together all at once. i bought one after the other died- not straight away.
    what i would like to know is where did you purchase your siamese fighting fish tank please? as i’d really love another siamese fighting fish but i really do not want to harm or kill another by accident.

    • admin says:

      I can understand that as I’ve had many shop assistants tell me Siamese Fighting Fish don’t need heaters. If you live in the tropics that might be ok but if you live in climate with cold winters then they definitely need heaters. I bought mine from Living Jungle in Sunshine but I’ve seen it in many other pet shops/aquariums around Melbourne as well.
      Also I found this Betta reference to be good Betta Care Made Easy or if you want to breed Siamese Fighting Fish as well then this is a very good guide Halfmoon Betta Fish Guide

  • Olivia says:

    OMG where did you get your simese fighting fish tank because i will save up and buy heaps of them ive got 1 siamese in a small sort of bowl bnot to small like a jar but n heater the room is belo 18 degrees and have water conditioner and dried red worms know how to look after fish and bred goldfish but know love to look after siamese fish they are my favourite. Also when you buy the females you can keep them with other fish because they are not as aggresive.

    • admin says:

      One thing a lot of people don’t know is females will still fight in some instances. They will tend to develop a hierarchy within the group and this will keep the peace. You can upset it though by adding just more more female so it is best to add them all as group so none have the tank already established as a territory. Once they are introduced watch them for a while to see if any fights break out. You may find that you will have two that are competing to become the dominant fish and neither won’t back down. You can then either sit back and watch to see what happens which may involve one receiving wounds that can become infected and lead to death (if not treated) or you can intervene and remove one (which is preferred). My experience has also taught me Crowntail females are more aggressive than Halfmoons as I’ve seen a smaller Crowntail female on several occasions take on larger Halfmoons.
      Also if your room temp gets below 20 deg C it’s best to add a heater to your tank. I know many pet stores say you can keep them in unheated tanks but if you do it does weaken their immune system which leads to sickness and then death.

  • Olivia says:

    thats really interesting i will copy that info thanks

  • Olivia says:

    i have 2 heaters nd 2 filters but my annoying guardian wont let me plug ANNYTHING in so annoying ive got like 10meters of tubing and used to have 2 massive fish bowls and one tank but i hate it when people just give stuff away really annoys me.

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