Keeping Your Siamese Fighter Fish Happy

Siamese Fighters, or Betta's as they are also commonly known, are one of the easiest fish to look after. They're a hardy fish and if you can get a few basic things right, you'll end up with a very happy fish!

Here's the top 4 key tips from us:

  1. Water quality - is an essential factor in keeping a healthy & happy fish. Although Betta's are known to survive in poor quality water, regular water changes are still required as they are prone to suffer diseases (such as fin rot) if the water quality is poor. For the Betta tanks we stock in the store, we recommend changing water 25% of the water every 1 or 2 weeks. Remember to use conditioning treatment to remove chlorine and help remove ammonia as well as add additional vitamins & aloe vera to help your fish stay healthy. Betta's like their water with a neutral pH but they can cope with slight variations in either direction and preferably lower rather than higher. A neutral pH is 7.0 and getting a test kit is an excellent idea to keep this on track.
  2. Water temperature - Betta's are tropical, fresh water fish which thrive best in warm temperatures. Your Betta will be happy if the water temperature sits anywhere between 18°C and 30°C - but the closer you get to the 18°C mark the less happier he will become. A heater will be required if the water temperature drops below 18°C.
  3. The tank - it is true that your Betta will survive in a very small space. However, we recommend a tank large enough for your fish to swim around in so their quality of life and their lifespan is improved. Consider a tank large enough for an ornament or two or a few plants. This will also make your tank look better too.
  4. Food - Betta's are carnivorous and can be fed commercial fish food, special 'Betta Pellets' or frozen tubifex worms. Fresh bloodworms also make a suitable treat.

If you're not sure what to do, or you have any problems along the way, come in and pay us a visit and we'll help you try and find the problem. A happy Betta is a healthy Betta!


** DISCLAIMER: This article is the personal opinion of the Pets Unleashed team. We always recommend seeking specialist or veterinarian advice when it comes to making decisions about the health or well-being of your pet, particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.