How to Set Up a Betta Fish Aquarium

Posted on December 9th, 2012 in Fish, Pet Care, Pet Information

Are you looking for a Betta Fish aquarium or wondering what the best way to set up your Betta Fish aquarium is? This article will tell you how to do that and will offer tips on the best types of Betta Fish aquariums for your buck. Many manufacturers offer Betta Fish tanks that will keep your fishy happy and healthy throughout his lifetime.

This is how to set up a Betta Fish aquarium:

  1. Buy a tank or Betta Aquarium. For a single Betta, a 9.9 gallon tank is the smallest you can go. Make sure your tank comes with a hood because Betta are known to be “jumpers.” Having a hood can prevent a tragedy! In some countries the animal welfare laws suggests no smaller tank than 10 gallons… Regardless, It’s important that you have a tank or bowl that will be large enough for your new Betta. You want to be sure that when he swims around he won’t be constantly bumping into the sides, hurting his fins. Make sure that the tank gives enough swimming space and that it has a large enough surface so enough oxygen will be available for your fish.
  2. Buy a filter. Like all fish, Betta need clean, filtered water. The filter should have a gentle current or an adjustable flow.
  3. Buy a heater and a thermometer. Betta, as you probably know, are tropical fish. They need their water at a constant temperature between 75 and 80 degrees F. (25 C-27 Celsius)
  4. Purchase your substrate. Use smooth gravel or sand- you can even use marbles! Keep in mind that rough substrate will tear your Betta’s delicate fins and that neutral colors will make your Betta’s colors pop. It’s important that you choose the right substrate. More than likely you’ll want some plants in your tank – so you want a substrate that is great for both the plants and your fish. While the colored substrate may look great, it’s probably a bad idea since the paint can flake off causing problems. Choose a natural color of substrate, and one that will be conducive to both plants and your Betta. Many times sand is actually a very cheap and excellent choice.
  5. Buy decorations. These have to be smooth, also. Bettas love caves and things to swim through, so have at least one cave-like decoration. You can also have silk or live plants, but no plastic. Plastic plants are too harsh for Betta fins. Never fill the surface with plants; Bettas need space to breathe. Remember, whatever you put in the tank – you will have to clean during cleaning times. Some people, as it is, prefer to have self-cleaning aquariums for this purpose.
  6. Put your tank where you want it. It should be out of direct sunlight. Bettas are very intelligent, curious fish, so don’t tuck the tank in a corner where it won’t get much attention. Put in your substrate and decorations. (Leave any live plants until you have it filled up.)
  7. Fill your tank with water that’s been treated with a water conditioner like Prime and Jungle brand Tank Buddies. You can put a small dish or saucer on the substrate and pour the water over it to avoid messing up your decorations. Once the tank is full, you can add your plants.
  8. Install the heater and filter, following the directions on the package. Turn them both on to make sure everything is working properly. If the current from the filter looks too strong, and your filter is not adjustable, try putting some sponges where the water comes out. This will diffuse the current.
  9. Assemble the hood.
  10. Cycle your Betta tank or Self-Cleaning Aquarium. This is the easy and cruelty-free way to fill your filter with the necessary bacteria BEFORE you add fish. Sadly many new fish die in new set-ups due to ammonia and nitrite poisoning. Getting the tank ready (a process that takes about 4 weeks) by adding ammonia – your pretend fish – to ensure the bacteria in the filter is in sufficient quantities to deal with fish poop. The Nitrogen Cycle is a fixed biological process that cannot be sped up, only the addition of pre-seeded filter media from a mature tank will help.

You are all set!

Many manufacturers, like MRG Products, make a NoClean Aquariums Betta Fish Tank, which relieves the stress of wasting electricity on noisy Betta aquariums or having to deal with high running costs and constant maintenance. The NoClean Aquarium requires no cords, no messes, no replacement filters, no chasing fish with a net (!), no removing rocks or plants and no gravel-vacuuming!

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