There’s 3 ways you can fill the Betta tank with water. Let’s find out how. (1) Tap water is generally considered the safest for your Betta fish. However you should let stand in a separate container (before use!) for at least 24-hours so that any clorine dissipates and the water settles at normal room temperature.
If you live in a city which has especially “hard water”, then it’s a good idea to use water treatment chemicals to eliminate any chlorine and other harmful contaminants. (2) If you’re considering using bottled water make sure its a well-known and trusted brand. Don’t add two different brands in your tank. Be sure that you stick to one particular brand of bottled water.
Avoid Using Distilled Water
If you do decide to swap brands, make sure you do it gradually, just adding a little bit of bottled water (to the older tank water) over a period of a few days. But using water conditioners is a much better idea.
You should avoid using distilled water at all times. Side point: It’s really important that the PH level of your tank water is right. Always measure and adjust the water ph level as needed. Betta buffers will do this for you. Bettas like water that is as close to neutral “7.0” water as possible. Try and maintain the ph level between 6.5 and as high as 7.5 The water temperature is also critical because Bettas are is considered tropical fish. Aquarium tank water that’s somewhere between 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit is probabaly ideal.
However, Betta fish can adapt to lower or higher temperatures as long as you make sure that the change is gradually or it’ll stress out your pet fish. A good way to know if the water is too hot or much too cold is by keeping an eye on the Bettas behavior pattern. A listless and slow swimming Betta fish is more than likely too cold and a hyperactive Betta (if it’s not feeding time that is) will indicate that the water that is way too warm.
Tank Gravel & Aquarium Plants
By using plants in your tank or bowl will help maintain an aquarium of stress-free Bettas. You will find that the Betta will rest beside leaves. Using the correct type of gravel is also important. It may look attractive but use the wrong type and it will create a lot of extra work for you when it comes to cleaning. Always purchase gravel especially for aquariums because common rocks off the street (or from your backyard) can pollute the water which could be harmful to your pet Betta.
If you like you can use plastic aquarium gem like rocks which is fine as long as they are clean and free of any contaminants. Side point: Before you go ahead and add gravel to your tank aquarium make sure that you thoroughly rinse the gravel in a separate clean container. Also,it’s a good idea to change the water over until it appears crystal clear.
Remember that you don’t have to buy aged plants but.. you could purchase plant bulbs from the local pet shop. Try and prop-up the artificial plants by using the gravel as a stabilizing agent.
What Type Of Water To Use?
Is it wise to keep Bettas in distilled water? The answer. It’s probably not the wisest of decisions. Why not? Because distilled water is free of minerals needed for a healthy fish.
So, what is the best type of water for your Betta fish? Aged Tap Water Nine out of ten experts agree that aged tap water is the best for Betta fish and that includes both male and female.
Side point: In some cases bottled water is alright as long as its a well known brand and you don’t mix different brands in the same tank or bowl. The bottom line is… Just don’t use distilled water if you want to enjoy a happy and healthy Betta pet with a guaranteed long life span.
What about aerated water?
Here’s something else you should know about water. Betta fish and aerated water are not really a good mix at all! You may think that aerated would be just what a Betta fish needs but keep in mind that a Betta has billowy type fins, and too much water flow and movement isn’t really good for them at all.
Put a Betta fish in this type of situation and it’ll appear as it’s swimming constantly upstream. Keep in mind too that Betta fish are more inclined to suffer from the dreaded “fin rot”. And with calmer water you dramactically reduce the chance of this happening to your pet Betta. Betta Fish are tropical fish and thrive in water with a temperature (24-27 degrees Fahrenheit) around the 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit range. Too cooler temperatures and you’re taking a chance on your Bettas succumbing to all types of diseases. Higher temperatures and your Bettas will display signs of real distress. Usually this relates to a difficulty in breathing. If the temperature in the room is within the specified betta fish water temperature range you won’t need to worry or even install a heater.
Aquarium tank water heaters
If it isn’t, then you will need to install a heater so that the water temperature is maintained at a proper level so as to keep your Betta fish happy and healthy. In conclusion: you’ll need to check on the ammonia level of the water too. If it’s too high this could be fatal to the Betta fish. Just pop down to your local pet stop and pick-up a water testing kit. They’re relatively inexpensive and it will help you keep an eye on the quality of the water.
Betta Fish Tips
You should always keep male Bettas away from other betta fish. This is especially so when it comes to other males. Betta’s are highly territorial and they’ll even fight to their death. If you intend to introduce a Betta fish into an existing tank of established community fish, try and avoid inhabiting them with fish like “fin nippers” or other tropical fish that may agitate or even feed on the slower moving Bettas.
It’s a good idea every now and then to place a reflective mirror in front of your male Betta for a little entertaining exercise. But don’t leave the mirror in front of him for too long otherwise he will get exhausted and stress out!
Jumping out of a jar or fish bowl
It’s also a good idea to keep your aquarium tank covered with a lid at all times. Bettas have a habit of jumping out of a jar or a round bowl. Even a piece of thin plastic sheet works great as a clear secure lid.
Side point: If you have reason to search the Internet for Betta fish tips and advice on how to take care of your new pet Betta remember that you should type “betta fish care” and not “beta fish” Why? Because its a very common misspelling of the word Betta.
By making sure that you add the extra “T” you’ll ensure that you get the right search results that you’re looking for. By looking after your betta fish will mean that you’ll get real enjoyment from your pet Betta for up to–two to three years.
Happy & Healthy Pet Betta
Let’s hope that you wind-up with a happy and healthy Betta pet who’ll provide you with much joy and pleasure! Oh, one last thing. Always make sure you disinfect your plastic scoop or net and store thses items in a dry and safe place. Enjoy!