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How to set up tank and grow Betta Fighting Fish?

 
Janejira Montatong
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I just came across the Betta Fish video and find it very interesting fish so I really want to grow it. Heard that it is quite complicate to set up the tank and grow it. Does anyone here have experience growing Betta fish and want to share?
Many thanks for your advices
 
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If no one responds in the next few days, remind me and I'll see if my husband can give you some tips. He's been keeping fish for a very long time, and is quite good and knowledgeable. He's working a lot of crazy overtime over the next two days, but should have time to help come Saturday.
 
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I haven't found that bettas are hard to keep (at least, no more difficult than other tropical fish). They're pretty hardy (they're the ones you sometimes see sold in vases and things- admittedly they're very hard to keep alive in a vase!)

You'd need a tank, a heater, and a filter for starters. General fish-keeping website will give you more information. You can get betta-food, or feed live or frozen foods (I use a mix of a flake food specifically for bettas, and frozen food- all purchased).

You can't keep bettas together, but you can get tank dividers to turn a big tank into several smaller ones to keep multiple bettas. Bettas are carnivorous, but there are some other fish they can be kept with (I've kept Bettas in with some neon tetras without problems). Don't put them with anything nippy- they'll chomp on the Bettas fins (so no tiger barbs).

I've only ever kept one at a time, so no idea about breeding- they may be difficult to breed.

If you want more specifics on suitable tanks/filters/whatever then say so... I've only written some very vague basics here!
 
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Charli Wilson wrote:
You can't keep bettas together, but you can get tank dividers to turn a big tank into several smaller ones to keep multiple bettas.


This applies mostly to males, right? I recall my husband used to have "sorority" of female bettas. But, I think they need lots of places to hide and they end up forming hierarchies that can go quickly downhill if one dies (my husband had a guppy in with the female bettas who was at the bottom of the hierarchy, and when he died, the bettas ended up injuring themselves to death in trying to re-establish their hierarchic....)
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:
Charli Wilson wrote:
You can't keep bettas together, but you can get tank dividers to turn a big tank into several smaller ones to keep multiple bettas.


This applies mostly to males, right? I recall my husband used to have "sorority" of female bettas. But, I think they need lots of places to hide and they end up forming hierarchies that can go quickly downhill if one dies (my husband had a guppy in with the female bettas who was at the bottom of the hierarchy, and when he died, the bettas ended up injuring themselves to death in trying to re-establish their hierarchic....)


Mostly males, yes, though some females can be very aggressive as well! They tend to attack anything that may resemble another betta- so other fancy-finned fish may be attacked (but I've kept them with neon tetras without issues). I've never kept multiple females, but have friends that do- a larger tank with lots of plants and things to do seems to help- but like you've experienced you have to be very careful incase one gets injured/ill and they want to change the hierarchy!

They are beautiful fish, and very interesting. Makes me wish I still kept them!
 
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If you choose to have multiple females make sure to break up the sightlines. Out of sight is out of mind. When they don't see each other much, they don't try to kill each other as much. I have sucessfully had multiple females in the same tank. I would recommend against dividing a tank with glass because if the fish can see each other (even if they can't bite each other) it will stress them out. Instead divide the tank up with a lot of ornaments and plants. Also remember that Bettas breathe air from the surface of the tank so leave a small gap at the top of the tank for them. I have read that you should add all the females at one time to avoid repeated hieracrchy battles.

Most everything else is the same for any other tropical fish tank.
 
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Breeding Bettas is super-easy. My cousin and I did it in school in 6th grade It's not much harder than setting up the simplest aquarium you could imagine, ie a tank with a bubbler in it and putting the male and female together. It is fascinating to do, but honestly, a quick google search will have you up to speed in minutes.

I never keep Bettas of either sex together.
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