This interview is dedicated to the loving memory of Pete. You have touched so many lives, swim free little one.
May I ask how old are you?
Mama says im just under a year old.
Where did you get your name from?
How did you end up with your mama?
Do you have any furry, finned or feather siblings?
What’s you life like now?
What advice would you give to someone thinking of having a betta fish in their home?
Betta Fish Care Tips:
(Taken from: http://bettafishcare.us/)
- Always keep male betta’s away from other males as they are very aggressive and will fight to protect their territory.
- When adding a new betta to the tank make sure that the water is at the correct temperature before adding. Otherwise you may shock him when placing him in the tank.
- Keep a good fitting lid on your tank as betta fish can jump and if you don’t you may find that they have jumped right out of the aquarium..
- Don’t over feed as that can lead to many problems and cause your betta to become constipated and swim irratically.
- Learning how to properly care for your betta fish will extend his life and keep him in optimum health
General Betta Care & FAQ:
(Taken from: http://www.aquariumguys.com/betta-fish-care-article.html)
It is best to have a home for your betta fish ready to go before he arrives from the pet store. Your betta will be fine in a small tank or bowl, but the larger it is, the happier he will be.
There are a couple recommended setups for betta fish:
- an individual small tank for one betta fish, 1/2 gallon or larger
- a glass or plastic fish bowl for one betta fish, 1/2 gallon or larger
- a divided tank for several male or female betta fish
- a community tank for one male or several female betta fish
Regardless of which setup you choose, you will need:
- betta fish food
- aquarium gravel
- a live plant or plastic plant
- a net and siphon or gravel vacuum
- a pH test kit
- basic freshwater test kits especially ammonia test kits
- an aquarium thermometer, and if your tank is 5 gallons or above, a heater
- water conditioners, stress relief, and medications for betta care
- A tablespoon of freshwater aquarium salt
- a separate bucket or container for preparing water
(Taken from: http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-a-Betta-Fish)
Your Betta’s diet should consist primarily of pellets. For special occasions feed frozen brine shrimp or blood worms. Check the ingredients of your pellets. The first three should be protein based. Experts say protein in the pellets should be no less than 40%. Tropical fish flakes, goldfish flakes, etc are not for bettas.
Feed your Betta no more than 3 pellets every other day! This is very important, as overfeeding is the number one cause of death. Bettas will continue eating as long as you feed them and will eat themselves to death. Also, overfeeding can cause bloating of your Betta fish. Though, this is not as serious as a similar condition referred to as dropsy, it can however cause bladder problems later on that can be fatal.
Clean up any extra food that your Betta does not eat. Similarly, watch your Betta to see if he spits up any food. This could be a sign that your Betta is a picky eater. Try another brand of pellets or dried food.
Though live food may be exciting to watch, frozen and dried products still work great. They are safer and free from potential parasites. Frozen or dried blood worms are a great treat.
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Betta Fish Anatomy:
1. Dorsal Fin – Used primarily to stabilize the betta in the water and to aid in turning. Consists of many branches. One of three unpaired fins.
2. Caudal Fin – Often called the tail fin, the caudal fin is used for propulsion and is often the first fin to deteriorate when bettas experience fin rot. In rare cases, bettas may bite their own caudal fins causing fin loss. Bettas have been selectively bred to illustrate a variety of caudal fin shapes including halfmoon, double tail, delta tail and the common veil tail. One of three unpaired fins.
3. Anal Fin – Used for stabilization while swimming.One of three unpaired fins.
4. Pectoral Fins – Used for turning and propulsion. These paired fins are located just behind operculum.
5. Ventral Fins – Sometimes called pelvic fins, these are used for fine motor skills like sharp turning, ascending and descending in the water column and stopping.These are paired fins.
6. Operculum – The gill covers that protects the fragile gill tissue from injury or damage.
7. Caudal Peduncle – The area at the posterior end of the betta’s body just before the caudal fin begins.
8. Eye – Bettas have very good eyesight and can see in color. They often react to movement outside their tank or their own reflection.
9. Mouth – Bettas have an upturned mouth used positioned to fetch insect larvae and small insects from the water’s surface.